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IMAGES: Sea Bright Destruction And Recovery After Hurricane Sandy

Haunting images of the seashore community in the aftermath of the destructive superstorm

Donovan's Reef. Exclusive beach clubs. Roads. Houses.

Gone.

Patch photographer Mark Vetrini captured the images of Sea Bright, NJ Friday, just days after Hurricane Sandy collided with the coast.

Perhaps no community suffered from the viciousness of this storm than this small seashore community, the same one that bears the brunt of every bad storm that comes to the Jersey Shore.

In 1992, after a terrible Nor'easter, Sea Bright was underwater. It came back. Perhaps the task is taller this time, and the town will change.

But it will come back.

After waiting several hours for an escort to the peninsula community, this is what Mark Vetrini saw.

Julie O'Connor Collart November 03, 2012 at 02:23 AM
These photos are just astonishingly sad to see. Sea Bright was as much a part of my childhood as Rumson was. It is heartbreaking to realize the difficulties you all must be going through. Please know that those of us who no longer live there are so very devastated by your great losses. Julie O'Connor Collart Vero Beach, Florida
Bill November 03, 2012 at 02:49 AM
I've seen the same destruction in NC, FL, and AL, yet some keep building a few feet above sea level.
Anthony November 03, 2012 at 03:46 AM
Thanks for the update. Great little area, hopefully soon to be again. My thoughts and prayers to all over there.
diane November 03, 2012 at 03:56 AM
Oh, SeaBright wonderful town of my youth and I still work near there, still visit often. That little gem will be back, just like in 1992. Prayers for the residents and business owners who lost so much.
Lauren November 03, 2012 at 04:42 AM
Heartbreaking
ken smith November 03, 2012 at 07:55 AM
Like alot of the people that grew up there,Istill to this day call sea bright my home town,Iknow alot of people there and Ihave seen some of their homes in the pics. My heart is sadden,but I know with no dought they will rebuild. Best wishes: Ken,Deland FL.
Peter Subowicz November 03, 2012 at 01:32 PM
My first "real Job" as a Life Guard was at Sea Bright Beach Club, so many wonderful memories of growing up there...My "first LEGAL beer at Sullivan's...My prayers go out to those who will rebuild and have always loved the shore. God Bless, Pete, Ft. Myers, FL.
Barbara Neilson November 03, 2012 at 02:13 PM
with a heavy heart I post this for all friends and family who love Sea Bright, Monmouth Beach, Long Branch, Rumson...we will alway have our MEMORIES of the good times at our beautiful Jersey Shore
Julie O'Connor Collart November 03, 2012 at 02:28 PM
And oh so many of us had our first ILLEGAL ones there, too!
Alan Goldenberg November 03, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Alan Goldenberg: I lived in Oceanport from 1985-2008; worked Post Offices in Oceanport, Rumson/Sea Bright & Monmouth Beach from 1991-2009. Although residing in Florida now, I feel the pain of loss for all of you living along my beloved Jersey Shore. Wishing you the best in your recovery efforts.
Janie Phillips November 03, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Anyone know if Windows on the Water is still there?
Herman Salamanca November 03, 2012 at 07:06 PM
My heart is sad for Sandy damage in SeaBright. Now rebuild everything for America to remain great and beautiful. Greeting rom Chile, Southamerica
kris schrodi November 03, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Does anybody know if merrimakers watersedge is destroyed?
whatever41 November 03, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Any news about Lavellette????
rhodap November 04, 2012 at 04:12 AM
Sad to say, this video will answer your question... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BiWZ7w_vhM
Dana Thompson November 04, 2012 at 08:29 PM
i am broken hearted watching the devastation unfold. all of us who grew up in the area have salt water in our veins and the strength of the atlantic ocean in our spirits. i believe that together, the resourceful and resiliant folks will recreate Sea Bright to be, once again, bright and brilliant by the sea, let's start with a holiday fund raising event on the beach...Dana Thompson Weston, Vermont
beachlover November 06, 2012 at 03:54 AM
My sister works for the town and was tasked with taking pictures to document the damages for the town property the day after the storm. She is a amateur photographer and took some heartwrenching pics of which I made a video with a very appropriate soundtrack. You can see them here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXEXcd4ZjPc The devastation is something I thought I would never see in my life and having grownup and lived in SB until I was 30 that's saying something.
Linda Gillespie November 06, 2012 at 03:59 AM
So many locals are without housing. Several local Realtors are operating on a VOLUNTEER basis out of Bingham Hall in Rumson trying to place displaced families in short-term rentals. Do you have a viable short-term rental property for a displaced family? Perhaps you know of one? Please think about any vacant homes in your neighborhood that are NOT listed with a Realtor. (Vacation type homes that are not occupied on a regular basis, condos/townhomes, carriage homes). We DO already have access to homes that are listed with a Realtor but they are renting quickly! If you have OR know of viable housing options, please email this volunteer group at: tworiverhomesneeded@yahoo.com with whatever information you have or if you have direct access to a homeowner of a viable home, please forward that email address on to them and/or my cell phone number. Needy families are looking for 2-6 month short-term rental properties. Families with dogs are having a particularly difficult time. If you have any questions or need clarification, please email the group. Thank you!
Bardicverse November 07, 2012 at 01:32 AM
According to the assessment done, posted on the sea bright website. Water's Edge was assessed: EXTREME STRUCTURAL DAMAGE – NOT HABITABLE AND NO ENTRY. I assume you have a wedding booked there. I have mine booked for July 7th, 2013.
p November 09, 2012 at 12:33 AM
yes serverly, my daughters wedding was to be July 12, 2013, very sad to see what happened to that gem... sorry
debbie November 09, 2012 at 04:11 AM
Linda, are you just looking for empty homes. I have room in my home for a small family the whole down stairs is empty Im sur i can set something up for small family to use. I live in the Atlantic Highlands. If they have a dog that would be fine as long as the dog is not agressive because I have a dog to but she is great with children and other dogs. Thanks Debbie
Linda Gillespie November 30, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Hi Debbie Your situation sounds perfect. There are still so many displaced - trying to figure out where to go and how to afford it. If you could please go on to the website and fill out the "Add a rental" form, that would be the best way to get the details to me. Some folks are just offering up housing (not necessarily "rental"). Many creative ideas are have come out of this disaster. Thanks again! www.stormsandyhomes.com
Jennifer Hunt February 17, 2013 at 03:56 PM
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Vivian April 01, 2013 at 06:23 PM
Had wedding planned for June 2013 at Merrimakers. Due to Sandy that's no longer possible. I've been trying to get my deposit back to no avail. Has anyone gotten their money back? I need help.
Lisa April 23, 2013 at 01:45 PM
We're still waiting for our deposit back as well. Still being told they're waiting for the insurance money! Very disappointing business practice!
7 On Your Side April 25, 2013 at 08:24 PM
Vivian and Lisa, This is Steve Livingstone from 7 On Your Side at WABC-TV. Currently we are working on a story having to do with Merri-Makers not refunding brides/grooms' deposits. Please call me as soon as possible to discuss at 917 260 7663 or 347 585 5505. Thanks, Steve Livingstone
Pamela B May 21, 2013 at 04:11 PM
Just saw these posts about Merri Maker's. I am also a displaced Merri Maker's bride from Sea Bright and we have not received our deposit back yet. We were going to go to court with them but settled on arbitation. They agreed in writing to refund our money within 60 days and as of today that 60 days is up, and we have not received anything. They are claiming the Sea Bright location is "defunct" and they have no money to pay anyone, unless this insurance money comes through. Lawyers will come next.
Steve Yannalfo June 22, 2013 at 11:37 AM
Andy Bott never responded to us until we sent a letter from our attorney a couple months ago. Finally we received half of our deposit] . We did actually end up going to court for the remainder of our deposit, and Andy Bott was a no-show, we received a judgement, on record.

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