This beloved shore town of Seaside Heights was battered by Superstorm Sandy in October 2012, and one year later, in 2013, it suffered a major fire that destroyed the south end of the boardwalk.
Notwithstanding these challenges, recovery is strong and the future of Seaside Heights grows brighter as each day passes. The boardwalk was re-built stronger than the one that Sandy splintered and rises slowly from the ashes of the horrific fire. After Governor Chris Christie visited the site of the destruction, he said, "We'll rebuild it." However, for those who recall the way things were, it won't be the same, as many of the iconic structures that made it what it was are now gone and washed into the ocean.
With characteristic resilience and strength, Seaside Heights did rebuild, and came back stronger. "Confronting a storm is like fighting God. All the powers in the universe seem to be against you and in an extraordinary way, your irrelevance is at the same time both humbling and exalting."—Francoise LeGrande, The Quotable Sailor
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
Until 2007, Marcia Dente was a life-long resident of Paterson. After working forty-five years for the city of Paterson, Department of Public Works, she retired in 2005. Having grown up next to the Great Falls, she lived and loved not only the history of this national treasure but the history of the city itself. She is the author of Great Falls of Paterson, published in 2010 and Paterson Great Falls: From Local Landmark to National Historical Park, published in 2012.