Sandy Hook beach area reopens for the first time after Sandy

All of the beaches at Sandy Hook have officially opened for the first time since Sandy.

All of the beaches at Sandy Hook have officially opened for the first time since Sandy. (5/1/13)

SANDY HOOK - All of the beaches at Sandy Hook have officially opened for the first time since Sandy.

Originally, the Gateway National Recreation Area at Sandy Hook said only three beaches would reopen before Memorial Day, but it announced Wednesday that repairs were completed earlier than expected.

A ribbon cutting was held to celebrate the opening of the popular Monmouth County swimming and fishing beach area. Volunteers who helped clear sand from walkways and beach entrances lined up to be among the first to drive through the gates.

Sandy Hook is a prime spot for bluefish and striped bass in the spring.

Many of Sandy Hook's historic buildings and many of its beaches were damaged by Sandy. Construction will continue through the summer. Some snack bars will be set up in trailers.

Beginning May 25, park rangers will start collecting beach parking fees of $15 per car. Parking may be limited while some of the lots are repaired.

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