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Bad Luck At Good Luck Point In Berkeley

So much of the Jersey Shore has recovered since Superstorm Sandy. So much has not.

At Good Luck Point in Berkeley, recovery isn't even considered. Blighted houses dot the landscape here, where shattered glass, yellow tape and torn door frames have replaced families with children who rode their bikes on Good Luck Drive.

Here is a look at one of Sandy's many remaining victims that has no immediate future.
Grumpy Old Man December 11, 2013 at 04:50 PM
Going To see Good Luck Point would not garner much "Publicity",What a shame..!!
Chuck Cumella December 11, 2013 at 05:43 PM
There are many places along arkose that are just as bad as good luck point. Despite what our politicians may tell everyone, the shore is not restored. There was very very little help for many people. Hence the reason to get involved and stop FEMA now. Stop FEMA now is an organization that is there to help change the rules and get help for people who are stuck with decisions regarding rebuilding and flood insurance and other FEMA related issues.
John B Taxpayer December 11, 2013 at 06:53 PM
Wait, aren't we Stronger than the storm? Too bad you're not a tourist money maker for the state they got back in time for the Summer cash registers....... Then it burnt down, due to nobody being concerned with salt water damage to electrical components.
mike mc December 11, 2013 at 07:29 PM
why is goodluck point not being rebuilt? other communities seem to be moving along fairly well. is it lack of homeowners insurance to cover the damage ?....building permits not being issued?..cost of future insurance?. cost of raising the home?.. or no desire by the owner to rebuild in the area? seems like to nice an area to sit vacant. i have read articles on goodluck point but no specific answers as to why it has not started its recovery..
WMS826 December 11, 2013 at 07:47 PM
It's all a scam. No one is going to give you money for a new kitchen or free anything. These charities are all just a scam.
Glenn December 11, 2013 at 08:47 PM
www.mhanj.org
Deb December 11, 2013 at 10:04 PM
WMS826: ALL Sandy charities are a scam? I am sorry, but I can't let that go unanswered. MANY church-based charities are nothing of the kind. An ALL volunteer workforce, helping people re-build, & re-furnish their homes is available through Jersey Shore United, and Franklin Graham's Samaritan's Purse, housed at Grace & Peace Church in Toms River, along with Trinity Fellowship Church in Toms River volunteers, is just one org. that is working very hard to help people, free of charge. They ask nothing in return. There are I am sure, many more that I don't know the name of right now. So let's not make ' blanket' statements about charities being a scam, shall we? Maybe you just have not gotten in touch with the right people? Well, I just gave you ONE org. that I know of. If you are a victim of Sandy's devastation of your property, I am truly sorry for your loss. Please get in touch with Jersey Shore United to get some help for starters.
Martin December 12, 2013 at 06:38 AM
StopFemaNow.com and Facebook.com/StopFemaNow have tons of info on what still needs to be done 13.5 months after the storm, and solutions to the many roadblocks in our way.
KMurray December 12, 2013 at 08:17 AM
You can't make blanket statements about the lack of recovery in a certain area! Each individual home owner has issues regarding their own rebuilding. An article that covered each home owner's story would be so much more helpful to get the word out with the real struggles we are having here. As an individual who's home suffered a great deal of damage, I can tell you that charities have helped me immensely, and they are real. FEMA helped me get part of the way back on my feet too. It's an on going struggle and the difficult decisions that have to be made, the red tape wrapped around the NJ REM program, and the nightmares that people encounter with their flood insurance are probably the main reasons that those houses still look like that. Who is going to help us solve those real issues? The towns where the homes exist? The county? The state? Why is it up to charities to offer case management and any real guidance to families and individuals that are affected? I have not yet read one intelligent article or documentary that offers any real solutions. If any one here has, please post a link.
bill December 12, 2013 at 09:41 AM
Mike Mc- Why don't you ask your council man(Brynes). He said now that he is retired he would be there for people in his district. Oh yes his house has been finished . Now he has more time to meet with the politicians to have meetings and eat free food , this makes him feel he is doing something. I am surprised to see him marching to the beat of the political hacks since he tells people how he won medals in Vietnam . One would think if he is a war hero he would stand up for the AMERICAN people when he knows the people he answers to are wrong. Sometimes people become so blind sided when they have nothing to do they forget their principles ,that is if they had them to begin with. I am not very sure about this guy.
John Cobb December 12, 2013 at 02:00 PM
Maybe it's time to pull back from some of these coastal areas that will just flood again when the next storm hits. Let nature take back the wetlands.
NanBed December 12, 2013 at 08:22 PM
One problem is that this area WAS never hit by a storm of this magnitude. Yes it floods but the Devastation was from a tsunami like wave with lots and lots of debris. A great help to the homeowners would have been the okay to rebuild and get back into your home of you wanted to. Instead the limbo effect took place wherein people were waiting for insurance, became disgusted and lost the desire. A welcome idea would have been to allow the homeowners to build back without the "new rules" if they wanted to. This would have moved things along faster. With such large amounts of damage, I'm sure some would have rebuilt higher, but some just want to go home. This area was a mix of full time but mostly part time, hard working, homeowners, which contribute to the economy, pay the taxes, and don't send their kids to our schools. It's a win win for the town.
grace December 13, 2013 at 08:17 AM
@ Deb you are so right, just a couple questions or phone calls can get people help, try the church grace and peace or the lacey methodist they are just 2 examples of places that can lead you in the right direction. for free folks too..hope you all applied for the 10000 grant also that was given to anyone who had some damage from sandy and promised to live in ocean county for 3 years..yes sandy was awful but seriously there is some help just ask...even stupid fema was there to ask questions... the people i spoke to helped me and i am no rocket scientist
Sharron Greenberg, VISTA Operation HOPE December 13, 2013 at 09:27 AM
While this article doesn't specify reasons, many people are stalled on the waiting list for RREM. The state just added new FAQ's about the wait list and volunteer work! The new questions are at the bottom of the page. http://www.renewjerseystronger.org/rrem/frequently-asked-questions-for-rrem/ The good news is you can move forward with volunteer help!
KMurray December 15, 2013 at 07:59 AM
Thank you for your efforts, Sharon. I was preliminarily approved, have submitted every thing they asked for, stopped work and have been waiting and waiting for the process to continue. I was told I'm waiting for the state to meet with me to discuss my grant amount. I'm living in my almost completed house that lacks proper insulation (dealt with almost frozen pipes the other day, and have had roof leaks). When I walk out my front door I face three houses across the street from me that have been abandoned. I'm better off than many others, and I hate to complain, but it's been a stressful and frustrating process.
Donna Matusik December 15, 2013 at 10:24 AM
I live in glen cove or should I say "I lived in glen cove " until superstorm sandy wiped out our entire area! Most people have no idea that we are there and were so devastated! Governor Christie should come and see the devastation here and at good luck point which isn't far from glen cove! All he cares about is getting tourism back to seaside heights not the little people who work so hard and lost there PRIMARY residences like us!
grace December 15, 2013 at 10:58 AM
i say bombard the gov with letters from good luck point.. tell him how you feel lost and forgotten due to the fact you arent a primary tourist community..just regular working class folk..cant hurt to try..hey mrs gov has alot of money maybe your town/area can get some! get more flies with honey donna..give it a try! good luck and you are not forgotten by many who still reside here at the "shore"

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