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‘Normal’ for some eludes others at Jersey shore

5-21-14

UNION BEACH, N.J. (AP) — With the second summer after Superstorm Sandy almost here, “normal” means different things to different people.

Some storm victims have rebuilt or repaired their homes, many by raising them higher than before.

But many others still struggle to rebuild, hampered by the lack of money and long waits for storm aid or hiring a contractor.

About 6,400 people remain on a waiting list for New Jersey’s main storm grant program.

Most of the storm-damaged boardwalks are fixed, the reconstruction of Route 35 is pausing for the summer, and many beaches were widened over the winter.

New Jersey’s tourism ads, while still focused on the shore, have dropped any mention of Sandy this summer.