WESTERLY, R.I. (WWLP) - It is one of the most popular destinations for western Massachusetts vacationers; but it was also one of the places hit hard by Superstorm Sandy.
22News Storm Team Meteorologist Ashley Baylor is at Misquamicut Beach in Rhode Island, to see how the beach and popular businesses are doing in advance of Memorial Day weekend.
The storm had literally taken all the sand from the beach, and thrown it to the other side of busy Atlantic Avenue. Waterfront properties now no longer have a sandy beach in their backyard; only a pile of rocks.
The public beach itself has been completely reconstructed; with the displaced sand having been filtered to remove debris, and then returned to the beach.
Several shoreside businesses were badly damaged, such as Paddy's, a bar and restaurant which is making repairs and is set to open for the Memorial Day weekend.
Another business, Sam's Snack Shack, was destroyed in the storm, but is now operating as a truck.
The three-story, 24-room Andrea Hotel stood on Misquamicut Beach for 100 years. Now, it is just a restaurant called The Andrea, since the hotel part was so badly damaged in the storm that it had to be torn down.
The kitchen was salvaged, and the patio has been expanded to where the hotel used to be. The stone fireplace is the only remnant of the hotel still on the site.
"We saved our kitchen area with our back dining room and we still have our patio, so we are going to have a seaside restaurant and a beach bar for the summer and we are planning a rebuild process for the hotel," Andrea owner Rebecca Colucci said.
Collucci told 22News that all new buildings and houses have to stand 19 feet off the ground on stilts, and must be 50 feet back from the beach.
Additional Travel News: