“I remember being in school and my friend saying, ‘I wonder if the house is still there,’ Mauri said Monday, March 5.
Mauri’s family had a summer home on
Together they drove down to the shore to survey the damage, and Mauri took his camera along for the ride.
“Before we came over the
Luckily his friend had brought the deed to his property, and over the bridge they went.
Mauri said that along the beach in Longport, they saw homes that had been decimated by the storm and some that had just been lifted and placed back down in the same place, but askew.
“The wooden bulkheads were all pulled out of the ground. One house, some of the wood went right through his window. Tarpaper under the shingles was torn right off the wood,” Mauri said. “
They drove past the White House Bar in
Making their way north, they saw the Ventnor Municipal Fishing Pier, which was in two pieces after the diving horse tank from Steel Pier had torn through it.
Adjacent to that was the Sands hotel, which was scheduled to open that summer and where Mauri had expected to get a summer job.
He also saw a buoy stuck in the sand north of the pier.
“The boardwalk all along was all busted up, broken up,” said Mauri. “There was a phone booth on the boardwalk and the boardwalk was collapsed, so the phone booth was hanging on its side, just dangling.”
Black and white photos were taken by Nicholas Mauri during his trip to Longport, Margate, Ventnor and Atlantic City following the Storm of 1962.
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