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Almost all South Jersey communities will be open for business

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It's been a long road to recovery for the Jersey Shore following Hurricane Sandy, but now many of the communities are saying it loud and proud, that they are open for business.

Open for business is a saying that parts of the Jersey Shore are taking as their own to make sure tourists are going to spend their summer in the Garden State.

"Its keep it in New Jersey, Jersey Strong, whatever you want to use," said Diane Wieland, Director of the Cape May County Department of Tourism. "We want people to know that you are still going to get that same great traditional Jersey Shore vacation."

Tourism officials held a media conference on Wednesday in Ship Bottom to get the message out that Hurricane Sandy couldn't keep them down.

But some tourists are under the impression that their favorite destinations are still under the water.

"A majority of the places are open and where you want to originally go might not be set up right now, but it might be by Memorial Day weekend," said Grace Hanlon, the Executive Director for New Jersey Travel and Tourism.

Many of the businesses on Long Beach Island used the winter months to recover from Hurricane Sandy.

Places are still rebuilding but just like 90% of the hotels on Long Beach Island, will be open for the summer of 2013.

Other Jersey Shore communities are asking that tourists call ahead and make sure that their hotels are open for business as well.

"We are encouraging people to ask. Visit them on Facebook, go to Twitter, call 1-800-VISIT-NJ, and find out who's open," said Hanlon. "I think you will be pleasantly surprised."

No matter what New Jersey destination you choose to visit, Bob Hilton from the Jersey Shore Convention and Visitors' Bureau says, that they are all coming together as one to provide the same experience.

"The three things that I can guarantee for this summer is that we have the ocean. Were going to have the sun, it hasn't gone anywhere, and I can guarantee the sun is going to shine. I can't tell you how many days, but it's going to shine."

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