Our family recently accompanied my wife on a trip to New Jersey. We stayed at Caesars in Atlantic City for 3 days as part of the #JerseyLove Social Moms for Social Good event. The weekend was intended to highlight both sides of the Jersey shore’s recovery from Hurricane Sandy last November: the work that has been completed and the ongoing work that still needs to be finished.
The Shore is Open for BusinessWe spent Friday afternoon at Belmar, which appeared to be as family-friendly as any beach town I have ever seen. The boardwalk was destroyed by the hurricane in November, but a brand new replacement has been completed. At a restaurant/bar called D’Jais, the leaders of the #JerseyLove event presented Mayor Matt Doherty with a check for $5000 from the #JerseyLove participants and D6 Sports to help Belmar citizens who are still displaced because of hurricane damage. D6 also provided adults with surf lessons and allowed children, including our 10 year old son, to try out a fun, new beach product they are introducing this summer–the SurfSkimmer.
What Happens In Atlantic City…..The Name is Better. Dad Knows Better. I waited until our last night in town to try my luck in the casino. When the kids went to sleep, I took a nap; then I got up around midnight to head downstairs to find a blackjack table. Almost 4 hours of up and down rush as my stacks of chips grew and shrank put the icing on the weekend cake. In the end, the $100 I was willing (though not exactly planning) to lose was safe and sound back in my pocket when I headed upstairs to call it a night–or, more precisely, to call it an early morning–along with a penny or two of the casino’s money.
Work Left To Be Done
The region is more than ready for families on vacation this summer. But that’s not to say everything is back to normal. While visiting the Absecon Lighthouse, we met a lady who shared that she is still not able to return to her home because of storm damage. Hurricane Sandy dominated the news for a few days last fall; but for many people whose homes and businesses were flooded, it is still not time to move on to the next story. Hopefully the return of tourism to the Jersey shore will help.Additional details about the Jersey Love weekend are available online at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/6/prweb10822760.htm
Disclosure: Caesars Entertainment hosted the official social media participants, including Mrs. DadKnowsBetter, better known as MusingsFromMe, and families, including our accommodations. Families were invited to the sponsored ‘beach party’ lunch at D’Jais in Belmar, NJ.