LONG BRANCH - The beach in Long Branch was relatively empty on Labor Day, but residents say the lack of visitors wasn't the norm this summer.

"Last weekend was the Jazz Foundation, that was packed," says Tesa Sims. "Thursday nights they have the music right here at the pier, that was packed."

Parts of Long Branch were severely damaged by Sandy, but there was very little damage to the businesses at Pier Village.

The manager of the Red Mango frozen yogurt and smoothie shop says when the sun came out, customers arrived. But unfortunately, there were so many rainy days that business was down. "We hoped because we didn't have any damage we'd be really, really busy," Manny Alvarado says.

When it comes to beach badges, business was almost good for the town this year as last summer's record-breaking year, with only a 5 percent decrease in sales.

Long Branch says there will be lifeguards on duty every day through this Sunday and on weekends for the rest of the month.