Besides this sad news, I'd like to thank all of you for your concern with the recent storm that hit here in South Jersey. We were fortunately spared the brunt of the damage, despite being dead center in the storms path. We lost power for 16 hours and a few tree limbs fell. A family place at the shore, on a barrier island, not more than 6 feet from the water also survived unscathed except for several things we didn't want anymore floating away into the sea or wherever. On the island that home is on (Avalon), less than 5% of the houses are occupied year round so the displacement of people isn't as great as the news would make it out to be. I was recently talking with a fellow in the affluent town of Haddonfield about damage to his shore house just north of Atlantic City (wet carpet). He had already applied and received money from FEMA as a "displaced person". He didn't look very displaced standing on the porch of his $880,000 house an hours drive from the shore.
Here and there piles of sand were being pushed back from the streets just off the beach, back into the dunes. I did see a lot more damage on the mainland in the neighborhoods just off the bays, many of these are poorer areas and these folks are truly displaced. This is a photo of Peter Lumber in Pleasantville, NJ -
|Salt marsh is just beyond lumber yard property, then the bay, and then you can just make out the tall casino buildings in Atlantic City.|
A little work in the basement. Some scenery, slowly, and I have almost finished the Benzol building - a mere shadow of the benchmark Vince Altiere structure. More work on dock crane - getting close on this structure and the acquisition of the clamshell bucket has inspired me to get back to work on it.