Seven Mile Beach gets back to normal after Sandy’s slam

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Jim Monks of Avalon and Jerry Macfarlane of Seaville talk in Avalon Coffee in Avalon Tuesday morning. Jim Monks of Avalon and Jerry Macfarlane of Seaville talk in Avalon Coffee in Avalon Tuesday morning.

AVALON – Downtown Stone Harbor appears to be mostly back to normal after Hurricane Sandy pummeled the region last week.

Neighboring Avalon is getting there. Piles of wood and even a sink basin could be seen lying along Dune Drive Tuesday morning.

Some businesses in Avalon remained closed Tuesday morning, while others reopened later last week.

Avalon Coffee on Dune Drive was open Friday after the storm. Usually, the café operates during the weekends through New Year’s.

But Wawa in the borough remains closed.

“People have been really appreciative that we’re here,” said Avalon Coffee employee Alexa Dwyer of Avalon.

She said she has seen customers come into Avalon Coffee who would normally head to Wawa, people who are cleaning up in the borough and those who work in Avalon.

Manager Matt Ford said there was about two feet of water in the café. Refrigerators and flooring will have to be replaced, he said, and electrical outlets already have been, Dwyer said.

Ferguson Dechert Real Estate along Dune Drive had 25 inches of water in the building, and a furnace got ruined.

“We were really lucky,” said Allan Dechert, broker and co-owner of Ferguson Dechert Real Estate. He lives in Avalon.

The agency reopened Thursday.

“I don’t think we’ve lost that much [business], to be honest,” he said.

Dechert said flooding has been dealt with before at the agency, but never to this extent.

Uncle Bill's Pancake House in Avalon weathered the storm well compared to the other restaurant in Stone Harbor, said Tiffany Albrecht. She manages the Stone Harbor location and lives in Cape May Court House.

The business in Avalon along Dune Drive reopened its doors on Friday.

She said they wanted to get the restaurant back open to accommodate homeowners.

Both businesses had several inches of water inside.

The Stone Harbor restaurant is still shut down. The dishwasher was ruined, as was the hot water heater and the wall, according to Albrecht.

“We just didn’t want to rush,” she said with the Stone Harbor location.

She said the hope is to reopen the Stone Harbor location by Thanksgiving Friday.

Some of the Stone Harbor employees are working at the Avalon restaurant, Albrecht said. During the off season, there are about 15 employees who work at the Stone Harbor Uncle Bill’s Pancake House.

The Seashore Ace hardware on 96th Street in Stone Harbor did well in last week’s storm, said Scott Fisher of Cape May Court House. He is part owner and vice president of the store.

Most of the merchandise survived flood, he said. The business reopened Oct. 31.

“It was a very busy week,” Fisher said.

A truck from Virginia on Oct. 31 had flashlights and other items, and the next day one brought shop vacs, trash bags, carpet cleaners and other supplies.

The Original Fudge Kitchen, also on 96th Street, reopened Friday.

The store sustained minor damage, with a small amount of flood water inside the store, said Ahmed Ahmed, who was managing the Stone Harbor store Tuesday morning. He lives in Ventnor in Atlantic County.

He said more customers came to the store on Saturday.

“We see this as comfort food,” Ahmed said.

Hurricane Sandy brought no damage to Café Noir on 97th Street, said owner Delon Aragamo of Linwood in Atlantic County.

“We’re lucky we survived. We made out all right,” he said.

The business reopened Friday morning.

“In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy residents and businesses are rebuilding and reopening with anticipation for the holiday season in front of them. The borough of Stone Harbor wants our neighbors near and far to know that our downtown businesses are up and ready for business again,” reads an announcement from the borough.

A listing of businesses that have reopened is at www.stone-harbor.nj.us.

Businesses that have reopened since Hurricane Sandy may send information to the Stone Harbor Department of 


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