Skip to content

A town square for an unsquare town

redbankgreen

Standing for the vitality of Red Bank, its community, and the fun we have together.

SEA BRIGHT: A PARTIAL START TO SUMMER

Contractors swarming Chapel Beach Club in Sea Bright on Thursday. Below, a lifeguard boat at the ready at Surfider Beach Club. (Photos by Wil Fulton. Click to enlarge)

By WIL FULTON

Seven months after Hurricane Sandy slammed ashore, Sea Bright enters the summer of 2013 far from fully recovered, with many buildings and storefronts still boarded up or demolished.

But there is ample evidence of rebuilding, and hope in the air, as the weather warms and more and more people begin to show up at the shore community.

“For all our losses, we managed to keep our customers,” said Frank Bain, owner of Bain’s Hardware, one of the first businesses on Ocean Avenue to reopen after the hurricane. “Business has been steady since we opened our doors. It’s safe to say the shop is back to normal. We’re here, and we’re ready for the upcoming season.”

In addition to Bain’s, other businesses in Sea Bright that have either opened or expect to do so this weekend are:

• Ama Ristotrante

• Angler’s Marina

• Century 21 Real Estate

• Dunkin’ Donuts

• Giglio’s Bait and Tackle

• Harry’s Lobster House

• The Mad Hatter

• Mrs. Rooney’s Hot Dog Stand

• Navesink Marina

• New Super Golden Restaurant

• Northshore Men’s Wear

• Sea Bright Supermarket and Liquors

• Woody’s Ocean Grille

For weeks, Frances Rooney, affectionately known as “Grandma Hot Dog,” has ben gearing up for her 36th summer season feeding hungry customers from her hot dog car at Ocean Avenue and Center Street.

“I really don’t know what to expect from this summer, to be honest,” she told redbankgreen. “I think I’m pretty optimistic – I have to think that people will be back. The beach is still here of course, and that will always draw people.”

What those drawn to the beaches will find, however, is a mixed bag.

The municipal beach will be open and ready to accommodate beachgoers with temporary bathroom facilities, lifeguards, a new ‘boardwalk’, and a new playground next to the municipal lot. But finding refreshments will require a bit of a walk, as Woody’s Ocean Shack adjoining the tiny boardwalk has not reopened.

On the beach club front, two clubs have confirmed they will be opening their doors this weekend: Ship Ahoy, according to a friends’ page on Facebook, and Driftwood Cabana Club, according to its website calendar.

Edgewater Beach and Cabana Club lists an opening date of June 1 on its website, and Chapel Beach Club is listed as ‘coming soon’ on the Businesses of Sea Bright website.

Surfrider, Sands and Sea Bright Beach Club have no word on their openings on their websites or Facebook pages and could not be reached for comment. In an earlier interview with redbankgreen, Sands owner John Chimento said the club would maintain its usual Memorial Day weekend opening this year, and utilize temporary facilities to make it happen.

In Bain’s opinion, the outlook on this upcoming summer is sunny.

“The beach clubs and public beaches will always bring a great influx of people,” Bain said, “and with each new business the reopens, more people will be drawn to the town. Success feeds on success, and there will be plenty of people to feed on and support those business when they come, but it’s a cooperative process.”

Also open, for those inclined to pray for good weather: Sea Bright First United Methodist Church.

Remember: Nothing makes a Red Bank friend happier than to hear "I saw you on Red Bank Green!"
Partyline
RHAPSODY ON ICE
RED BANK: On a cool-ish summer evening, keyboardist NGXB entertained customers of Strollo's Italian Ice with renderings of 'Bohemian Rhapsod ...
PUDDLE BE GONE
A work crew was out this week attacking the site of the notoriously persistent puddle at the corner of Broad and Mechanic Streets. This phot ...
SMALLS FOR MAYOR?
We at redbankgreen remain neutral in political affairs and never make endorsements. But we have to say Borough Clerk Laura Reinertsen’ ...
CRASH ON LEIGHTON
The driver of this car was headed north on Leighton Avenue when they it hit an SUV pulling a work trailer headed in south in the opposing la ...
CAR VS STREET SIGN
The driver of this Mercedes hopped the curb and toppled the street sign at the corner of South Pearl and Drs. James Parker Boulevard Wednesd ...
SKETCHES OF RED BANK BY LOCAL ARTIST MICHAEL WHITE
Sketches of Red Bank scenes have been floating around on social media and we thought they deserved some spotlight. First appearing in our fe ...
POLE DOWN
Utility pole falls on English Plaza shop Forge after being struck by SUV shortly before noon. No injuries reported, though 86-year-old drive ...
YO, ADRIAN!
It’s a tough turn for our hero as Rocky Balboa is relegated to the curb for trash pickup on Locust Avenue. We’ll have to go back ...
“EL PALOMO” IS IN THE HOUSE
Jesus Rios, a mariachi singer who performs under the stage name “El Palomo” (The dove) pauses for a moment before entering a bac ...
CROC SPOTTED IN RIVER
Frighteningly hideous and green, a solitary Croc lurked ominously amid the flotsam and foam in the Navesink River alongside the Red Bank Fir ...
KISS ICON REFLECTS ON BROADWALK
A Swarovski crystal-bedazzled self-portrait painting of Paul Stanley, longtime singer and guitarist for the rock band Kiss peers out from a ...
CHISELIN’ AWAY
Marcelo Garcia Lopez works with hammer and chisel on a new feature for his flower garden on Shrewsbury Avenue: a hollow in a carved log in w ...
STORM CLEANUP CONTINUES
  Saturday’s storm sent a tree toppling on this house on Bank Street, damaging the roof. Workers Wednesday could be seen removing ...
SNAPPING IN THE BREEZE
RED BANK: Blustery winds had the flags in Riverside Gardens Park snapping Monday evening.
POWER LINE DOWN
Red Bank firefighters were on scene at Manor Drive dealing with a live power line Monday afternoon. There was no immediate report of fire. T ...
TAR BEACH SOLSTICE
Aldo Quiroz of Ocean Township came ready with his beach chair and found a shady spot to spend his lunch hour in a parking lot off Broad Stre ...
GOING GREY
Workers painting the stone facade of the PNC Bank at the corner of Broad and Harding Thursday morning. An upgrade? Maybe it’s just pri ...
COFFEE & WILDLIFE
RED BANK: The best wildlife show in town can be taken in from a waterfront bench outside the public library, and it's totally free.
FAWNING OVER HER BABY
A mother deer and her fawn were spotted between a row of garages on Hudson Avenue and some trees alongside the Broad Street parking lots. Re ...
EVENING ESCAPE
RED BANK: Sailors in Monmouth Boat Club's weekly racing series found tranquil conditions on the Navesink River Tuesday evening.