Jersey Shore Boardwalk Businesses Try to Rebuild—Again

Business owners await $15 million in aid promised by Chris Christie
An amusement ride stands near the destroyed boardwalk on Sept. 13 in Seaside Heights, N.J. Photograph by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Bob Stewart has spent nearly half a century working on the boardwalk in South Jersey’s Seaside Heights and Seaside Park. Last October’s Hurricane Sandy wrecked his latest venture, the Carousel Arcade, exacting losses of around $1 million. Then, on Sept. 12, a massive fire demolished what he and dozens of other storefront owners had rebuilt. His 15-employee business had insurance on only $200,000 worth of equipment. Stewart, a local firefighter, says he was sick to his stomach when he was done battling the blaze: “I got physically ill thinking about the devastation.”

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