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NJ Aims to Restore Beaches to Keep Tourism Afloat

by Chris Williams
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Seaside Heights

Vlasta Juricek, flickr

New Jersey's beaches are destination spots in the summer, but with the damage done by Sandy they might not be fully restored in time for tourist season.

In Ocean County  there's 44 miles of ocean front property and the county brings in about $4 billion a year from tourism. 

But after Sandy, areas like Bay Head, Seaside Heights, and Lavallete have suffered a lot of damage. 

County Freeholder Joe Vicari says to keep tourism afloat residents need to support local businesses.  

"We're encouaraging the people of Ocean County to spend their money in Ocean County to help the small businesses," he says, "95% of all the businesses are small businesses and the storm has been devastating. But we're very resilient."

The County doesn't know the full extent of the damages. But Vicari says they're depending on FEMA and federal aid to help get the area back to normal. 

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