ATLANTIC CITY - The Miss America Pageant is returned to Atlantic City, where Superstorm Sandy destroyed part of the boardwalk and flooded many homes nearly a year ago.

The pageant's return to the city is a sign that the area is recovering, says News 12 New Jersey's Carissa Lawson.

Atlantic City Mayor Lorenzo Langford says that though the storm was "catastrophic" and caused about $313 million in damages, the area has only been "temporarily inconvenienced."

Langford says he's very proud of city workers who had put in a great deal of effort to rebuild the city. He says the city is "resilient" and will bounce back.

The city will have new attractions this year including Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville and a public art park.