Island Beach State Park partially reopens

Island Beach State Park has now been partially reopened. Island Beach State Park occupies the southernmost end of a barrier island that was pummeled by

The park sustained major damage from Superstrom Sandy.

The park sustained major damage from Superstrom Sandy. (1/25/13)

ISLAND BEACH - Island Beach State Park has now been partially reopened.

Island Beach State Park occupies the southernmost end of a barrier island that was pummeled by Superstorm Sandy in October. Like many of the island's communities, including Seaside Heights, Ortley Beach and Mantoloking, the park sustained major damage from the storm.

But unlike those heavily populated, almost fully built-out communities, the park remains close to its original wild state, with rolling sand dunes and coastal forests on a half-mile-wide spit of sand between the Atlantic Ocean and Barnegat Bay.

Because there are no homes or businesses and only a handful of park-related structures on the island, much of the damage to sand dunes and the beach itself will be left to nature to repair.

AP Wire Services contributed to this story

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