Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) and Sea Bright Mayor Dina Long toured Ocean Avenue in Sea Bright, NJ to view the progress made in rebuilding the borough in the year since Superstorm Sandy damaged so many of its buildings and businesses. Sea Bright was one of areas hardest hit by Sandy when it made landfall last year. Pallone and Long discussed the toll the Sandy took on the Borough, rebuilding efforts and lessons learned from the storm about preparedness, response and the role of federal, state and local governments. Pallone also used the occasion to announce that New Jersey will be receiving $1.46 billion from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for the second round of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding from the Sandy relief package.
"I am pleased that HUD will be announcing today that New Jersey will receive $1.46 billion in the second round of CDBG funds," said Pallone. "This money is critical to aiding homeowners, businesses and communities with repairing damage they sustained during the storm."
Pallone and Long began their tour of Ocean Avenue at Sea Bright's Borough Hall and continued north toward the Sea Bright Firehouse, where they observed the remnants of Sandy's destruction and improvements made in the year since the storm made landfall.
"It's hard to believe that it has been a year since Sandy battered New Jersey and changed our lives," said Pallone. "Sandy devastated the Jersey Shore, and a year later, we are still working to rebuild. While there has been significant progress, there is still much to be done. Sandy taught us many important lessons about how we must improve the way we prepare for and recover from natural disasters. We simply cannot afford to make the same mistakes in the future."