I talked to several boaters who finally got their boats out this weekend and while the goal was fun and relaxation, the trips also brought a sobering sense of post-Sandy reality.

Most Jersey Shore residents have seen our share of Sandy devastation in person and in photos and videos. Tourists this weekend were probably getting their initial first hand look at what Sandy delivered 7 months ago.

And the realities are still hard to comprehend.Even though the boat journeys were the same routes as in years past, the landscape in so many areas was very different. The sights of devastation certainly put a damper on what is normally a little piece of heaven for us all.
It is just another dose of the new reality of the Jersey Shore here in summer 2013. But let's not forget, we have made amazing progress in many places. So keep it Jersey strong!