Atlantic Highlands Prepares for the Road Ahead (PHOTOS)

Harbor devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

Nearly a week after Hurricane Sandy and with a harbor suffering from nearly $30 or $40 million worth of damage, Atlantic Highlands Borough Administrator and OEM Coordinator Adam Hubeny finally got some good news.

Thompson Electric trucks—three of them—rolled past his office in the municipal building on First Avenue Saturday morning. The biggest need Hubeny had at that moment could be summed up in one word: “Electric, electric, electric,” he said.

Electric for residents to feel normal again, electric to light up the unique restaurants and charming boutiques on First Avenue, and electric to fully assess and clean up the damage to the Atlantic Highlands harbor.

“It’s this guy,” Atlantic Highands Councilman Peter Doyle said, crediting Hubeny with keeping the town’s post-Sandy efforts moving. Hubeny dismissed it immediately.

“Our employees are doing a tremendous job. They’re working 12-hour shifts. They’re really dedicated. We have six employees who have lost their homes to flooding and yet they’re still working. That tells you about their character right there,” Hubeny said.

The town was fortunate compared to neighboring Bayshore municipalities, but it has a long road ahead, according to Atlantic Highlands Harbor Commission Chairwoman Jane Frotton. It was Frotton, retired from the Red Cross after a 30-year tenure, who placed the harbor damage at $30 or $40 million--not including the damage to the boats that were tossed around like toys in the parking lot. Two of the town's iconic restaurants, the Shore Casino and Sissy's at the Harbor, were throttled by the storm.

“It reminds me of the disasters I used to go on, from California to Puerto Rico,” Frotton said.

Even after the 1992 storm that devastated the harbor, she never anticipated something like Sandy in her hometown.

“No,” she said. “Not like this.”

Jack Corley November 04, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Outstanding but sad article
Chuck jones November 04, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Yes no doubt all working hard but west side of town still has no power. East side of town where Mr hubney lives and the businesses have power and the traffic lights but the "step children" of Atlantic don't have power and it's freezing and nobody telling us anything. Yes we are luckier than plenty but all around has power and were still sitting cold and in dark and as far as we know they've left our town
Kelli Rosenthal November 05, 2012 at 03:32 AM
Grateful the lights are back on at Washington and 3rd. My neighbor is due to deliver any day now, and I was worried for her.
Tricia Tracy Elliott November 05, 2012 at 10:06 PM
It's an inconvenience to not have electric . We are in the same boat. However I am grateful to still have my home and family.


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