Monday, March 10, 2014
By WAYNE PARRY, The Associated Press
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O'Neill said only about 5 percent of the rental stock on Long Beach Island was unavailable because of lingering storm damage.
"People who rent with us from Staten Island or Connecticut, their primary homes were damaged," she said. "They're working on fixing up their primary homes, and they're not taking vacations this year. Also, many people make their reservations in January and February, and that was a time of great uncertainty. We didn't know what the Jersey shore and the beaches were going to look like come summer. Some people went elsewhere this year."
The southern half of the Jersey shore fared much better in the storm than did Ocean and Monmouth counties and, as a result, saw little disruption of its normal summer tourism rhythms.
Ann Delaney, a real estate agent in Avalon and Stone harbor, said the Cape May County market was about the same this summer. Many property owners had hoped that tourists who normally vacation in northern shore areas hit hard by the storm would flock to southern New Jersey, but that didn't seem to happen on any large scale, she said.
She said all the prime summer weeks were booked, but other times renters were able to negotiate slightly better deals.
"It wasn't a banner year, but it certainly wasn't terrible, either," Delaney said.