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Marinas repair damage; prepare for summer

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Damaged docks, floating debris and rising floodwaters presented area marinas with a host of challenges post-Hurricane Sandy.

"As a marina, if it floats in on your property or in your water way or in your water area, even though it might have come from Ocean City, might have come from Longport, might have come from Atlantic City, you're kind of responsible," said dock master at Harbour Cove Marina Bobby Graham.

Graham says it took Harbour Cove Marina in Somers Point roughly three weeks and sixteen twenty-yard dumpsters to remove the debris.

Thankful for insurance with a bill estimated over $150,000, Graham says Harbour Cove made a quick recovery and is ready for the summer.

"By the first of December, this marina was in good shape," said Graham.

 "You'd never know there was a storm hitting us. The few issues we had were separated, solved and moved on from."

At All Seasons Marina in Marmora, a winter of work both indoors and outdoors has the repairs on track for completion on may first.

"We're like a catchers mitt, so we spent weeks just cleaning debris and just all kids of grass and junk that finds its way down in a storm," said Owner of All Seasons Marina Brian Tersaga.

Officials at All Seasons Marina tell us the debris and damage to the docks was similar to storms seen in the past. It was the flooding that came with Hurricane Sandy that provided the marina with an extra challenge.

"This is the first time we've ever had water up on land and actually in the building," said Tersaga.

 "My understanding is it happened once in the sixties, a few inches of water, we almost had two feet."

Tersaga says the flooding has resulted in more landscaping and building renovation work than usual.

"I'd like to have a nice quiet winter around here, that would be great," said Tersaga.

Both marinas say they are looking forward to a strong season.

"We deal with it and we're ready to go," said Graham.

Throughout the state it is estimated that Hurricane Sandy caused over fifty million dollars in damages to New Jersey marinas.

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