Thirteen years ago, the restaurant's owners were forced to bear $700,000 worth of remodeling costs in accordance to FEMA specs. After Sandy, Windansea is open for business as nearby restaurants struggle to rebuild.
Now that the recovery effort is about to get an infusion of federal dollars, Dr. Edward Blakely cautions local leaders and residents alike against a rush to rebuild quickly, arguing for a cautious approach that will yield better long-term results.
Belmar Mayor Matthew Doherty visited Pass Christian, Miss. to get a firsthand look at its recovery process from Hurricane Katrina. Pass Christian is similar to Belmar, which sustained heavy damage from Hurricane Sandy.
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