The last time I was in Long Beach was before Hurricane Sandy. I knew that the boardwalk had been destroyed, and that there was significant erosion on the beach. I had heard accounts from family and the media.
But staring at the skeletal cement posts, I was shocked. So many happy memories of biking, walking with my mom, and lounging with friends loomed like ghosts.
According to the local LI Herald, officials expect sections of the new boardwalk to be open this summer. Another reminder that recovery is long and we must cherish the present.
A short trip on the Long Island Railroad from Atlantic Terminal, and a few blocks walk from the train station, Long Beach is easily accessible, cleaner, and less crowded than city beaches. There is a $12 nonresident day pass fee for the summer season, beginning Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.