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5 Years After Sandy, Sea Bright Mayor Says Borough Is On Rise

SEA BRIGHT: With the 5-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy approaching, Mayor Dina Long says the progress the borough has made is encouraging.

"I know we've had our day-to-day struggles, butting of heads and different opinions on how to go forward, but when you take a step back and take a look at it from the from the 30,000 foot view I think it's a very encouraging present and a more prepared and resilient future for us," Long said at the Oct. 17 Sea Bright Council meeting.

Long threw out some figures to show how things have changed since the storm "rearranged the future" of the borough on Oct. 29, 2012.

Since that time:

• 69 residential properties, 8 commercial properties and 3 municipal buildings have been demolished

• 92 houses have been lifted with 10 in progress

• 38 homes have been constructed with 11 in progress

• 7 new commercial properties have been completed with 3 in progress (including the Mad Hatter)

"Just consider that volume of building and rebuilding," Long said.

This new construction has helped increase the borough's revenue stream from almost $450 million in 2013 to nearly $700 million in 2017. Borough Administrator Joseph Verruni has said he expects the borough to see at least $15 million in growth each year for the "next few years."

"We believe Sea Bright has turned the corner," Verruni said.

She said the borough has also been working to get homes off the "repetitive loss property" list. Homes are classified as multiple loss properties when multiple flood insurance claims have been filed.

"We've been working to mitigate the risk and lessen the number of receptive loss properties," Long said. "As of this time, we have 45 properties we are requesting to be removed from the list."

Other projects in progress for the borough are the construction of two new municipal buildings, a new cell tower, and the repair of the existing sea wall.

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