One year after Sandy wreaked havoc on New Jersey’s coastline and shore communities, municipalities and organizations statewide are marking the occasion of the storms arrival with events that span from candlelight vigils to conferences. This is an all out effort to lift spirits as we reflect upon what was a very dark day and one that Monmouth County residents will remember for many years to come.

To mark the one year anniversary of Super Storm Sandy, residents from shore communities such as Sea Bright, Union Beach, Keansburg, Belmar and Spring Lake to name just a few gathered together on Tuesday, October 29th for either dinners or flashlight vigils.

Sandy came in with a vengeance and left a lasting memory for all those residents affected by the storm. However, we are still here, still fighting and we are still Jersey Strong. Monmouth County residents continue to have an optimistic attitude as we continue to recover and rebuild the area.

An upheaval such as Sandy can often leave people feeling powerless, hopeless and vulnerable. However Monmouth County residents have proven to be resilient and continue to develop a broad range of coping skills as we restore each and every community to its original state. Whether it is choosing to get involved in community events or volunteering to help restore, rebuild and recover, Monmouth County employees and residents alike have bonded together as a force to be reckoned with in their own rite. Joining together has allowed for major strides in reconstruction and a continuum of the optimism that can be seen and felt throughout the county one year after the storm.

Governor Christie showed his support once again for Monmouth County and its residents by visiting a number of municipalities to meet with first responders, volunteers and residents to recognize them for their strength and resiliency one year post Super Storm Sandy.

There certainly are a lot of sensitivities surrounding the anniversary of Sandy, and that is something we are not going to be able to get around. People are not only going to be remembering and discussing the storm, but reflecting on where they were at the time of the storm, where they are now and where some still yet need to be.

Having said that, The Board of Chosen Freeholders and our dedicated county employees will continue to work along side each and every municipality to ensure Monmouth County residents and businesses are thriving and even stronger than before.

 

Thomas A. Arnone

 

Thomas A. Arnone is Freeholder Director Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders