The storm, which made landfall in Florida hours ago, is expected to produce rough surf, dangerous rip currents and beach erosion over the long holiday weekend, no matter how much wind or rain New Jersey experiences.
The beach badge business can be hit or miss in New Jersey, and Mother Nature has delivered mostly a hit through early August. So towns along the Jersey Shore are reporting very healthy numbers as they take on the last full month of summer.
The state Department of Transportation is reminding motorists headed to the shore that the 65-year-old Mathis Bridge from Toms River into Seaside Heights is undergoing improvements after a malfunction Saturday kept the bridge stuck in the open position.
"I would say that business owners at this point are thrilled to have this type of weather pattern," Jacqueline Pappas, executive director of the Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce, said about the sudden extreme heat this week.
Between 2010 and 2014 nearly 740 pedestrians were fatally wounded in car crashes in addition to over 22,000 injuries according to the NJ Division of Highway Traffic Safety. These stats are reason New Jersey is deemed a "focus" state by the Federal Highway Administration and brings to the front the public education campaign known as Street Smart NJ.
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