One of the many Sea Bright businesses lost to Hurricane Sandy, The Mad Hatter On The Jersey Shore, is now targeting a 2016 reopening.
A post on the web site's Facebook page states that the owners were approved for a disaster loan from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA).
"It only took 28 months but thanks to the efforts of Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon, the Director of the NJEDA Bruce Ciallella and the entire NJEDA team we got the deal done," the post states.
The NJEDA disaster loan offers direct, low-cost loans of up to $5 million to businesses and non-profits that suffered physical damage, as well as to businesses looking to expand within storm-impacted communities.
The owners stated that they are in the process of finalizing the plans for the restaurant with their design team and will be submitting them to the Sea Bright Planning/Zoning Board soon.