Marinas, docks in Monmouth County still picking up Sandy's pieces
MONMOUTH COUNTY - Some bay shore docks and marinas say they are still struggling 16 months after Superstorm Sandy, while others have made great strides.
The fish market at the Belford Seafood Cooperative has reopened and boats are making runs again for fluke and bait fish, but general manager Joseph Branin says it put them in debt.
"We're $250,000 in the hole out of pocket just to get operating," he says.
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All the equipment was damaged by 6 feet of water during Sandy. Only half of it has been replaced, meaning the co-op can only serve half the boats it once did before the superstorm.
The co-op's restaurant, Pirate's Cove, remains closed because everything had to be ripped out. The patio that once seated 70 customers also washed away.
Branin says no aid has come through to make repairs. "The government keeps saying they're going to have money, money, money, but we don't see any," he says.
Nearby at Monmouth Cove Marina in Port Monmouth is a brighter picture post-Sandy.
Damaged pilings and floating docks have been replaced and a crew is dredging sand out of the water to prep for boats.
The Atlantic Highlands Marina is looking good after mangled piers and docks were reconstructed. "They've made great progress because it was such a mess last year," says Sue Wall, of Leonardo.
Some marinas, including the Atlantic Highlands Marina, are slated to receive funding from FEMA.