Fact vs. Fiction: The TRUTH after “Sandy”

The amount of mis-information circulating LBI in the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy is mind boggling! We know it is important to be well informed so we hope the following documented information will help you in planning your next visit to beautiful Long Beach Island. FICTION: There are no grocery stores opening for the summer on LBI. FACT: Both Wawa’s, 7-11 in Ship Bottom & the ACME are open NOW! Murphy’s is scheduled to open in mid-May. FICTION: The bay is polluted with debris (houses, cars, boats, sheds, hot tubs, etc.) and there will be no fishing, sailing, kayaking, this summer FACT: The bay waters along LBI did not sustain nearly the amount of pollution from such items as our neighbors to the north. Of course there was some but clean-up is well underway and even the clam beds have been given the green light for harvesting. FICTION: There will be little or no beach access and the beaches are also full of debris. FACT: Beach clean-up and grooming began in November and has been ongoing. The local mayors assure us the beaches will be fully guarded and good to go by opening day. FICTION: Only a handful of restaurants are opening. It will be impossible to get into any of them. FACT: Most of the restaurants that are normally open in the winter are open now. Many more are scheduled to open this month. Space actually prohibits listing all of them but more than likely your favorite will be ready for you when you arrive. FICTION:Fantasy Island was wiped out; the Ferris wheel is in the bay. FACT: No no no! That was the roller coaster in the ocean in Seaside Heights. Fantasy Island is alive and well and the arcade is open on weekends now. The rides are just fine and will open on schedule. FICTION: So many businesses were wiped out, there won’t be anything to do. FACT: There are 1/2 dozen stores in Bay Village open weekends now; the rest will follow as we get closer to the season. Schooner’s Wharf sits high and was not affected. The Surflight Theater has their summer program set. Beach Haven has scheduled their concerts in the park series. Ice Cream, pizza and shopping will be plentiful! Hopefully this dispels some rumors and makes you feel better about planning your stay on LBI. If you have specific questions about your favorite spots, give us a call. We’ll be glad to speak with you and answer whatever concerns you may have. See you on the beach!

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