11th Legislative District Assemblyman Dave Rible visited Spring Lake's downtown business district on Wednesday, encouraging residents and tourists alike to support the shops and restaurants in the borough.
Spring Lake was among towns that sustained significant damage at the hands of Hurricane Irene. The beachfront boardwalk was decimated and many area streets saw rampant flooding as both the Spring Lake and Wreck Pond swelled with storm water.
JCP&L has worked to restore power to the borough and most, if not all, of the businesses in the borough's scenic downtown are now open for business.
Assemblyman Rible has released the following statement:
“Spring Lake is a beautiful town and while it was affected by Hurricane Irene, the beach and local businesses are open and fully operational. I met with local officials and business owners who have made it clear that their town is ready for the upcoming holiday weekend and are hopeful that tourists will find comfort in Spring Lake, whether they are being pampered at one of the Bed & Breakfasts, taking in the local cuisine at one of their fine cafés and restaurants, or relaxing on the beach. I encourage New Jersey residents and tourists to make Spring Lake and the surrounding shore towns, who are also fully operational, a part of their Labor Day Weekend plans and see everything they have to offer.”
While in Spring Lake, Rible met with a number of local officials and members of the business community including Laurie Carloni, who has owned the Evergreen Inn since June of 1997. She had this to say:
"For many folks Labor Day is the unofficial end of the summer season - the legendary Jersey Shore is still the place to celebrate. If you are planning to travel this weekend, please consider keeping your tax dollars here in New Jersey where some of that revenue will no doubt go toward helping some of our fellow residents who were and still are affected so severely by the hurricane. After a long and stressful week, people deserve a picturesque escape - Spring Lake is all dressed up in her Sunday best, ready and waiting!"