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Jun 30th
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Jersey Shore tourism takes brunt of $29.4 billion in Sandy damages

seasideheightspier110512_optBY REBECCA SHEEHAN

Rebuild, rebuild, rebuild is the action plan and ultimate goal of Governor Chris Christie in the aftermath of the destruction that Hurricane Sandy lashed onto the Jersey Shore.

"I will spare no effort and waste no time to rebuild and restore our tourism industry, our transportation and utilities infrastructure, and the lives of our citizens for the long term," Christie stated on Friday, according to a press release.

Based on a groundwork estimate from the Governor, reported in a press release, the Garden State accumulated $29.4 billion in property and business damages, as well as mass-transportation systems after being hit with Mother Nature’s wrath up and down the shore communities.

“This preliminary number is based on the best available data, field observations and geographical mapping, and supported by expert advice from my cabinet commissioners and an outside consulting company,” Christie said. Christie also declared that the $29.4 billion estimate reflects United States aid already received and may be changed higher in the coming weeks.

At this time, according to the Inquirer, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), has $8.1 million available in disaster relief funding, but how that money will be apportioned to states and for what purpose has yet to be determined, a FEMA spokeswoman said Friday.

The return of the boardwalk towns is very crucial to the state, which relies on its $38 billion-a-year beach town tourism industry.


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