SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. (WWLP) - It's been seven months since Superstorm Sandy battered parts of the New Jersey coast.
And they've been racing to rebuild beaches and boardwalks for the start of the summer season, which begins with this Memorial Day weekend.
The boardwalk is back in Seaside Heights, but it will take another year for many of the pier attractions to be rebuilt. The iconic roller coaster is gone, dumped into the sea by Sandy.
Many homes hit by the storm's fury will sit empty this summer, still uninhabitable and waiting to be rebuilt.
It's been a long road back for the Jersey Shore.
I had the chance in March to see some of that damage, during a visit to New Jersey.
You can't really get the full scope of the devastating damage from television video.
Driving through the hard hit coastal areas, what strikes you in how one town was walloped while in a neighboring town had a lot less damage.
Large cranes, at the time were spotted on beaches in front of homes, leveling and replenishing sand.
Driving along the shore, especially in the hard hit area of Mantoloking many homes were off their foundations, even ones not directly on the ocean. Sand had been driven from the beach to roadways and front lawns .
And many businesses like banks in these towns had signs that they were open again, several months after Sandy's visit.
In Seaside Heights, the boardwalk was demolished and work on the new one started in February. It's
When we visited in March, New Jersey State Police were parked at every entrance to what used to be the boardwalk, to keep gawkers away
We did find one open spot to view some of the rebuilding of the Seaside Heights amusement area. The spot outside a closed restaurant gave us a good view, but the platform didn't seem very secure as a result of all the damage.
But it allowed us to get a glimpse of the devastating impact of one storm that changed the landscape of a well known beach area, wiping out the boardwalk and knocking the roller coaster in to the sea.
Now with the summer season upon us. the Jersey Shore is proclaiming its back,as the recovery goes on.