Last updated on November 19, 2019 at 09:28 am
Our continuing series of posts written by Plymouth Rock employees who experienced the power of Hurricane Sandy firsthand. These authors want to share their experiences as they recover, and we encourage our readers to share their stories in the comments below.
Three weeks until Memorial Day weekend and I cannot wait to get away from the worries of home repair and enjoy the Jersey Shore. The thought of sitting on the beach with sand between my toes is so comforting to me. Not even Superstorm Sandy can prevent me from going to the beach this summer!
Living in Point Pleasant, we have the luxury of being surrounded by water. Not only do we have the ocean but we have many lagoons, the bay, the creek, and the river all to help us enjoy those long summer months. My family’s summer weekends are spent by the water, whether it’s the ocean or the lagoon.
Almost every day, my son and I take a bike ride to the beach for exercise, enjoying the smell of the salt water as we ride. I find it nearly impossible to be so close to the ocean and not be at least tempted to jump in to cool down before heading back home. We also enjoy boating on the lagoon, and love taking boat rides at midnight when the sky is clear and the moon is shining. You can hear the tiny waves crashing into the bulkheads as you navigate the quiet water of the neighborhood. It’s just us, the boat, a flashlight and a huge amount of serenity. Whenever the beach is too crowded and I cannot find parking, I head to the river or bay and get the same pleasure from it as I do from the beach. I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have all these options available all year round.
Unfortunately, with the problems caused by Superstorm Sandy, we will not be taking a midnight boat ride around the lagoon this summer. The scenery is no longer the same and the devastation is still there in one form or another.
I also have concerns this summer that I never had in previous years about letting my 10-year-old son go swimming in the water. I’m sure it’s safe to go swimming, but as a Mom I worry about what might be in that water. Superstorm Sandy tore down houses and spilled or submerged their contents into our waters. I worry that my son could potentially step on glass, wood or metal while swimming or boogie boarding.
The State of New Jersey would not allow anyone to go into the water if it was not safe from pollution. As we get closer to the summer months, I’ll visit the NJDEP-NJBEACHES website for current beach water quality conditions. You can also visit the Ocean County Health Department and see test results online. You may also want to consider wearing water shoes for extra protection, and remember to always obey the beach flag! Red (high hazard), Yellow (medium hazard), Green (low hazard).