In late October 2012, Superstorm Sandy devastated the coastal areas of New Jersey and New York. The Borough of Sea Bright, a small town of 1,400 residents located on a 1.3 square mile barrier island along the Jersey Shore, was particularly ravaged by the storm. The town was buried under several feet of sand. Once the immediate clean-up was complete, Sea Bright was faced with the loss of hundreds of homes and dozens of businesses. Sea Bright has lost 17% of its taxable property value, and only half of the town’s full-time residents have been able to return to date. Sea Bright’s mayor, Dina Long, has been actively reaching out to get assistance with the recovery and rebuilding effort from many different sources. Our studio class, composed of graduate students at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, was tasked with coming up with long term planning solutions that went beyond immediate recovery and focused on longer-term strategies for rebuilding a stronger, safer, more sustainable Sea Bright.
Related Media Coverage:
Sea Bright shifts focus to long-term planning (Red Bank Hub, June 20, 2013)
Challenges complicate plans for Sea Bright’s future (Red Bank Hub, April 11, 2013)
Sea Bright aims to be open for business by summer (Red Bank Hub, March 27, 2013)
Sea Bright: A case study in Sandy recovery (Atlanticville, February 8, 2013)
Bloustein studio to assist planning Sea Bright’s future (The Bloustein Blog, February 7, 2013)