Good Luck Point Slowly Vanishing In Sandy's Wake

The gentrification of a tiny waterfront community has begun

Where a house once stood, Good Luck Point, Bayville, New Jersey, March 2014
Where a house once stood, Good Luck Point, Bayville, New Jersey, March 2014
by Patricia A. Miller

Not too long ago, the Good Luck Point section of Bayville was a tight-knit community of modest, mostly ranch homes. Many were built on slab foundations, not far from the cobalt-blue Barnegat Bay.

Dorrance Drive, Good Luck Drive and Beach Avenue routinely flooded during bad storms and Nor'easters. Sprays of water shot up from bulkheads when the waves were rough. No one thought much of it. It was the price residents paid for living so close to the water.

Then came October 29, 2012, when Good Luck Point changed forever.

Now many of the little ranch houses have been demolished, replaced by empty lots, builders' signs and "For Sale," signs. The only evidence that homes once stood here are the rusting mailboxes that line the roadway and storage sheds in the back of the lots.

There were a few houses that made it through Sandy, houses that were higher than the ranches. But the smaller houses that still stand are collapsing. Some of the walls have been blown away and the interiors are open to the wind and water. Orange stickers are on just about all of them. They are not safe for human habitation.

And the gentrification of Good Luck Point has begun.

Two new, large houses on pilings have gone up near the end of Good Luck Drive. Whoever is building them either got lucky with insurance, the state's Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitgation (RREM) grants or simply had enough money to build a new house.

Chances are the people who used to live in Good Luck Point, maybe in a ranch home that had been in the family for decades, won't be coming back. They are the ghosts of Good Luck Point.

Heywood March 27, 2014 at 08:49 AM
@grace..I did it all for you..and yes I fear some areas and people will never recover , but at some point new money will come in and then we'll await the next storm.
Wallace C Smith Jr. March 27, 2014 at 09:00 AM
No blue in that part of the bay. You have to go to LBI where the white sandy bottom gives the water a little more 'blue' color. Bottom of the Bay is mud and brown and even from the air.......IT'S NOT BLUE! Check my site: www.aerialpictures.org Lots of shots of the Bay (brown Bay) : )
Mac March 27, 2014 at 01:21 PM
If only the Ocean County GOP would go the way of Good Luck Point. With the foresight and preparations made by them prior to Hurricane Sandy, Good Luck Point never stood a chance. Perhaps that is why they hid from the public prior to, throughout and until the first Freeholder meeting after the elections. I'm sure trying to hide the fact the Ocean County Emergency Management team had no leadership throughout the Hurricane Sandy fiasco had nothing to do with their closet act.
grace March 27, 2014 at 01:23 PM
right on @ mac attack!!
fed up March 29, 2014 at 08:41 PM
was in toms river today. it has been a few months. came down to check on dads old beach house on a lagoon off of fischer. wound up spending the day in town. I honestly felt like the crying indian from the 70,s. the place is going under very quickly. Drugs, crime, insane traffic, 70mph on fischer blvd?? garbage all over the place. it does not resemble toms river of even 1985. so sad I loved this town.


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