Says Sandy Hook Critical to Helping Local Economy Recover from Hurricane Sandy
Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) praised the National Park Service for its work in restoring the Sandy Hook Gateway National Recreation Area, which allowed the park to reopen to the public yesterday in time for the critical summer tourist season.
“The more than two million people who come to Sandy Hook every year are the lifeblood of countless local businesses,” said Kyrillos. “The great restoration work performed by the National Park Service to reopen Sandy Hook will ensure that a Jersey Shore economy already battered by Hurricane Sandy will not suffer the further devastation of a lost summer tourist season.”
During Superstorm Sandy, the park was pummeled by a 13-foot storm surge that devastated beaches and buried roads and other park facilities in sand.
Understanding that the scope of the damage would make it unlikely for the park to open for summer without a concerted and prioritized restoration effort, Kyrillos sponsored a Senate Resolution, SCR-137, urging the National Park Service to make the reopening of Sandy Hook by the summer of 2013 a national priority.
“With the hard work of the National Park Service to reopen our beaches and of local business owners to rebuild stronger and better, it’s clear that the Jersey Shore is on the rebound from Hurricane Sandy,” added Kyrillos. “Even though we’re not at 100 percent this summer and still have more work to do, the reopening of Sandy Hook should send a clear message to the many families from across the country who come to enjoy the Garden State’s beautiful beaches year after year: the Jersey Shore is open for business.”