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Long Beach rebounds from superstorm Sandy

Isabella Minneci, 45, had to retreat to the

Isabella Minneci, 45, had to retreat to the third story of her Long Beach home with her daughter Skyler, 3, and her mother Eleanor Minneci, when the surge caused by superstorm Sandy flooded their basement and first floor. Thanks to the help of friends and neighbors, she was able to clean up the damage and begin repairs on her home. "Little by little the house is coming together," Minneci said. (Oct. 29, 2013) Photo Credit: Mary Kate Mahoney

Long Beach was pummeled by superstorm Sandy, but continues to recover from the storm's devastation.

One year after superstorm Sandy devastated Long Beach,
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One year after superstorm Sandy devastated Long Beach, residents gathered for a lantern-lighting ceremony outside Long Beach City Hall to reflect on the destruction and recovery effort. (Oct. 29, 2013)

Long Beach resident John Concepicion, 67, left, relied
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Long Beach resident John Concepicion, 67, left, relied on the support of his neighbors Hilda and Noel O'Connell, who opened their home to him after his house was flooded during Sandy. (Oct. 29, 2013)

More than 1,500 residents gathered outside Long Beach
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More than 1,500 residents gathered outside Long Beach City Hall to reflect on the anniversary of superstorm Sandy. Attendees wrote inspiring messages on lanterns and placed them in the Kennedy Plaza fountain. (Oct. 29, 2013)

On the anniversary of superstorm Sandy, the Kennedy
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On the anniversary of superstorm Sandy, the Kennedy Plaza fountain outside Long Beach City Hall glowed with the reflection of hundreds of lanterns bearing inspirational phrases like "God Bless Long Beach" as part of a ceremony organized by Project 11561, a grassroots organization that formed in the aftermath of the storm. (Oct. 29, 2013)

Long Beach City Manager Jack Schnirman was joined
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Long Beach City Manager Jack Schnirman was joined onstage by the founding members of Project 11561 during his address at the Sandy-lantern lighting ceremony outside Long Beach City Hall commemorating the anniversary of the storm. (Oct. 29, 2013)

Isabella Minneci, 45, had to retreat to the
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Isabella Minneci, 45, had to retreat to the third story of her Long Beach home with her daughter Skyler, 3, and her mother Eleanor Minneci, when the surge caused by superstorm Sandy flooded their basement and first floor. Thanks to the help of friends and neighbors, she was able to clean up the damage and begin repairs on her home. "Little by little the house is coming together," Minneci said. (Oct. 29, 2013)

Susie Walker, 69, left, and Regina Coughlin, 58,
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Susie Walker, 69, left, and Regina Coughlin, 58, joined more than 1,500 other residents at Tuesday night's Sandy lantern-lighting ceremony outside Long Beach City Hall to reflect on the one-year anniversary of the storm. "It's been a long year, and it's good to see everybody together," Coughlin said. (Oct. 29, 2013)

Long Beach volunteer firefighter and resident Lawrence Mazel
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Long Beach volunteer firefighter and resident Lawrence Mazel comforts his wife, Candace, as they watch a short film documenting superstorm Sandy during a ceremony commemorating the anniversary of the storm at Long Beach City Hall. (Oct. 26, 2013)

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano speaks during a
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Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano speaks during a ceremony commemorating the anniversary of superstorm Sandy at Long Beach City Hall Saturday. (Oct. 26, 2013)

Left to right: State Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg, Gov.
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Left to right: State Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Sen. Chuck Schumer take part in a ceremony to reopen the Long Beach boardwalk. (Oct. 25, 2013)

Saturday began with ribbon-cutting ceremonies at five different
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Saturday began with ribbon-cutting ceremonies at five different entrances along a four-block section of the boardwalk between Long Beach and Magnolia boulevards.(July 27, 2013)

The first completed section of the Long Beach
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The first completed section of the Long Beach boardwalk officially. And thousands of people flocked to it Saturday. (July 27, 2013)

Harvey and Ellen Weisenberg were among those who
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Harvey and Ellen Weisenberg were among those who led the ribbon-cutting ceremonies for the official opening of the Long Beach boardwalk. The Weisenbergs have lived in Long Beach for close to 80 years. (July 27, 2013)

Thousands of residents and visitors flocked to the
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Thousands of residents and visitors flocked to the first completed section of the Long Beach boardwalk Saturday. (July 27, 2013)

Many local residents and visitors take the opportunity
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Many local residents and visitors take the opportunity to walk, run and bike along the new Long Beach boardwalk after a completed section opened Saturday. (July 27, 2013)

The first four-block section of the Long Beach
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The first four-block section of the Long Beach boardwalk officially opened Saturday. The new structure, made of concrete and Brazilian hardwood, is expected to last 30 to 40 years, compared with the three to five years of the yellow pine in the old boardwalk. (July 27, 2013)

Harvey and Ellen Weisenberg, who have resided in
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Harvey and Ellen Weisenberg, who have resided in Long Beach for close to 80 years, were among the ribbon cutters at the official opening of a section of the Long Beach boardwalk. Harvey Weisenberg described the boardwalk's importance as being part of the “Long Beach way of life." (July 27, 2013)

The Long Beach Medical Center, closed by superstorm
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The Long Beach Medical Center, closed by superstorm Sandy, may not reopen as a full-service, acute care hospital, according to hospital officials. (June 26, 2013)

Generators and other construction equipment feed into the
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Generators and other construction equipment feed into the Long Beach Medical Center building. The center, closed by superstorm Sandy, may not reopen as a full-service, acute care hospital, according to hospital officials. (June 26, 2013)

A new front entrence is in the process
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A new front entrence is in the process of being built at the Long Beach Medical Center. The center, closed by superstorm Sandy, may not reopen as a full-service, acute care hospital, according to hospital officials. (June 26, 2013)

City officials hope the food trucks, such as
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City officials hope the food trucks, such as Beach Buns & Bites, boost tourism and local businesses. (April 27, 2013)

Chef Merlin places hamburgers on the grill, as
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Chef Merlin places hamburgers on the grill, as Alan Adams, owner of Sugo Cafe in Long Beach, hands out food out of his new food truck, Beach Buns & Bites. The truck willl be parked this summer at the beach near the intersection of Riverside Avenue and Broadway in Long Beach. (April 27, 2013)

Residents enter the beach at Riverside Boulevard in
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Residents enter the beach at Riverside Boulevard in Long Beach for the groundbreaking ceremony. (April 27, 2013)

Cooper Kramer, 7, of Long Beach, left, and
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Cooper Kramer, 7, of Long Beach, left, and Chris Morrissey, of Long Beach beach maintenance, right, stand near a construction loader during the groundbreaking ceremony for the rebuilding of the Long Beach boardwalk. (April 27, 2013)

Residents say the Pledge of Allegiance on the
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Residents say the Pledge of Allegiance on the beach. (April 27, 2013)

Andrew Boynton whistles while holding his nephew Noah
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Andrew Boynton whistles while holding his nephew Noah Starman, 3, at the ceremony. (April 27, 2013)

A woman applauds and yells while in the
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A woman applauds and yells while in the crowd on the beach. (April 27, 2013)

Sen. Chuck Schumer speaks at the event. (April
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Sen. Chuck Schumer speaks at the event. (April 27, 2013)

City of Long Beach beach maintenance workers lift
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City of Long Beach beach maintenance workers lift a piece of the boardwalk during the ground breaking ceremony for the rebuilding of the Long Beach boardwalk, which was destroyed during superstorm Sandy. (April 27, 2013)

John LaSpina, and Marsha Graber, of Long Beach,
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John LaSpina, and Marsha Graber, of Long Beach, applaud while sitting on a construction loader on the beach. (April 27, 2013)

Assemb. Harvey Weisenberg speaks at the ceremony. (April
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Assemb. Harvey Weisenberg speaks at the ceremony. (April 27, 2013)

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), surrounded by City of
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Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), surrounded by City of Long Beach council members, cheers as a piece of the boardwalk is lifted on the beach. (April 27, 2013)

Residents snap photos and applaud as a piece
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Residents snap photos and applaud as a piece of the boardwalk is lifted on the beach. (April 27, 2013)

City of Long Beach beach maintenance worker Robert
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City of Long Beach beach maintenance worker Robert McKay attaches the Long Beach flag to a piece of the boardwalk. (April 27, 2013)

Sen. Chuck Schumer high-fives City of Long Beach
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Sen. Chuck Schumer high-fives City of Long Beach beach maintenance workers after the ground breaking ceremony for the rebuilding of the Long Beach boardwalk. (April 27, 2013)

The construction of a new boardwalk officially began,
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The construction of a new boardwalk officially began, as workers dismantle the storm-damaged boardwalk in Long Beach. (April 27, 2013)

Assemb. Harvey Weisenberg, Long Beach Councilwoman Eileen J.
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Assemb. Harvey Weisenberg, Long Beach Councilwoman Eileen J. Goggin and Sen. Chuck Schumer join other public figures in digging some sand. (April 27, 2013)

About 1,000 people attend the ceremony. (April 27,
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About 1,000 people attend the ceremony. (April 27, 2013)

Although there is still much to do cleaning
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Although there is still much to do cleaning and repairing the sand at Long Beach, the sea and the sky hold a promise of summer. (April 4, 2013)

Sean Sullivan, owner of Swingbelly's BBQ in Long
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Sean Sullivan, owner of Swingbelly's BBQ in Long Beach, will be parking his food truck along the Long Beach boardwalk to try to attract people to the beach while the boardwalk is reconstructed. Some local business owners are not too happy as they say it's unfair competition. (April 26, 2013).

Residents enter the beach at Riverside Boulevard in
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Residents enter the beach at Riverside Boulevard in Long Beach for the ground breaking ceremony for the rebuilding of the Long Beach boardwalk. (April 27, 2013)

An American flag flies from a destroyed section
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An American flag flies from a destroyed section of the boardwalk in the city of Long Beach months after superstorm Sandy devastated the area. (Jan. 2, 2012)

The Long Beach boardwalk awaits repair as the
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The Long Beach boardwalk awaits repair as the area continues its recovery from superstorm Sandy. (April 4, 2013)

A very large turnout for the removal of
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A very large turnout for the removal of the old Long Beach boardwalk after the destruction sustained during superstorm Sandy. People at the event received a piece of the old boardwalk. (Jan. 5, 2013)

After the ceremony for the removal of the
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After the ceremony for the removal of the old Long Beach boardwalk, and the beginning of a new Long Beach, resident Carrie-Anne Duffy enjoys a moment with her daughter Keira, 3. (Jan. 5, 2013)

Folks take advantage of the mild weather with
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Folks take advantage of the mild weather with a walk, run or bike ride on the boardwalk. (Nov. 26, 2011)

There was a very large turnout at the
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There was a very large turnout at the ceremony where the Long Beach boardwalk was removed. (Jan. 5, 2013)

Long Beach resident Kelsy McManus and her mother,
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Long Beach resident Kelsy McManus and her mother, Lorraine, got a piece of the old boardwalk. (Jan. 5, 2013)

There is still a lot to do to
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There is still a lot to do to get the beach ready for summer. The Long Beach boardwalk is gone, and the sand sifting process will take a while. (April 4, 2013)

The Long Beach boardwalk is still being rebuilt
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The Long Beach boardwalk is still being rebuilt six months after superstorm Sandy. Officials said they expect the boardwalk to be completed by November. (April 24, 2013)

The Long Beach boardwalk must be half-completed by
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The Long Beach boardwalk must be half-completed by the end of July according to its contract with a Plainview firm. (April 24, 2013).

The Long Beach boardwalk is still untouched six
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The Long Beach boardwalk is still untouched six months after superstorm Sandy. A ground-breaking ceremony for the new, stronger boardwalk will be held Saturday. (April 24, 2013)

The new boardwalk that will be constructed in
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The new boardwalk that will be constructed in Long Beach will cost $44 million. Residents say the price tag is too expensive, but officials say the boardwalk needs to be built stronger to withstand future storms. (April 24, 2013).

Construction on the new boardwalk will begin Saturday.
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Construction on the new boardwalk will begin Saturday. A ground-breaking event at the end of Riverside Boulevard is open to the public. (April 24, 2013)

Rebuilding and recovery continue in Long Beach. (April
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Rebuilding and recovery continue in Long Beach. (April 4, 2012)

Construction on a new, stronger boardwalk will begin
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Construction on a new, stronger boardwalk will begin on Saturday and is expected to be finished by early November. (April 4, 2013)

Debris is piled along Michigan Street in Long
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Debris is piled along Michigan Street in Long Beach as people strip their houses and throw out belongings destroyed by superstorm Sandy. (Nov. 18, 2012)

Friends and family help Diane Joyce clean out
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Friends and family help Diane Joyce clean out her home on Ohio Avenue in Long Beach after superstorm Sandy. (Nov. 3, 2012)

The Long Beach boardwalk awaits repair as the
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The Long Beach boardwalk awaits repair as the area continues its recovery from superstorm Sandy. (April 4, 2013)

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"I don't think there's a full recovery until we have a boardwalk," Long Beach Councilman John C. McLaughlin said. A ground-breaking ceremony for the new boardwalk is set for Saturday and is open to the public. (April 4, 2013)

The new boardwalk will be stronger than the
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The new boardwalk will be stronger than the old one because it will be made of resilient tropical wood, representatives from project engineer LiRo of Syosset have said. (April 4, 2013)

There is still a lot to do to
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There is still a lot to do to get the beach ready for summer. The Long Beach boardwalk is gone, and the sand sifting process will take a while. (April 4, 2013)

There is still much to do to get
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There is still much to do to get Long Beach ready for summer. (April 4, 2013)

City Council president Scott Mandel sent a letter
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City Council president Scott Mandel sent a letter to residents that said 88 percent of survey respondents favored a stronger boardwalk. "The new boardwalk will be aesthetically appealing and require significantly less maintenance" than its predecessor, Mandel's letter said. (April 4, 2013)

Work continues in Long Beach to repair damage
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Work continues in Long Beach to repair damage from superstorm Sandy. (April 4, 2013)

Saturday's ground-breaking ceremony begins at 11 a.m.
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Saturday's ground-breaking ceremony begins at 11 a.m. "It's going to be a fun, festive, really good time," said city spokesman Gordon Tepper. (April 4, 2013)

The Long Beach boardwalk awaits repair as the
Photo Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.

The Long Beach boardwalk awaits repair as the area continues its recovery from superstorm Sandy. (April 4, 2013)

After the ceremony for the removal of the
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After the ceremony for the removal of the old Long Beach Boardwalk, resident Jason Saltzman is proud to have a piece of the boardwalk. (Jan. 5, 2013)

Long Beach resident Maria Montellano is very happy
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Long Beach resident Maria Montellano is very happy to have a piece of the old boardwalk. (Jan. 5, 2013)

Dry cleaner Kwang Soo Song had flood insurance
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Dry cleaner Kwang Soo Song had flood insurance for his business but has fewer customers now. (Feb. 1, 2013)

Gregg Lapenna, 43, co-owner of The Whale's Tale,
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Gregg Lapenna, 43, co-owner of The Whale's Tale, a sports bar on West Beech Street in Long Beach. (Feb. 1, 2013)

Long Beach resident Kelsy McManus and her mother,
Photo Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams, Jr.

Long Beach resident Kelsy McManus and her mother, Lorraine, got a piece of the old boardwalk. (Jan. 5, 2013)

People gather for a ceremony to commemorate the
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People gather for a ceremony to commemorate the demolition of Long Beach's beloved boardwalk. (Jan. 5, 2013)

People gather for a ceremony to commemorate the
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People gather for a ceremony to commemorate the demolition of Long Beach's beloved boardwalk. (Jan. 5, 2013)

Workers move sand back onto the beach near
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Workers move sand back onto the beach near a torn-up section of Long Beach's boardwalk months after superstorm Sandy devastated the area. Munich Re estimated insured losses from Sandy at $25 billion and total losses at $50 billion, though it cautioned that the figures are “still subject to considerable uncertainty." (Jan. 2, 2012)

An American flag flies from a destroyed section
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An American flag flies from a destroyed section of the boardwalk in the city of Long Beach months after superstorm Sandy devastated the area. (Jan. 2, 2012)

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), at the podium with
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Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), at the podium with Long Beach Councilwoman Fran Adelson at her Sandy-damaged home, is joined by Long Beach residents to urge the House to pass the federal disaster relief bill to help pay for rebuilding. (Dec. 29, 2012)

Assemb. Harvey Weisenberg (D-Long Beach), right, listens as
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Assemb. Harvey Weisenberg (D-Long Beach), right, listens as Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) meets with Long Beach residents at a home damaged by superstorm Sandy. Residents joined with elected officials to urge the House to pass the Senate-approved federal disaster-relief bill, which would help homeowners rebuild. (Dec. 29, 2012)

Long Beach resident Laurise Frey, who is wheelchair-bound,
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Long Beach resident Laurise Frey, who is wheelchair-bound, makes her way through the debris on her block of Michigan Street in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy. (Nov. 18, 2012)

Debris is piled along Michigan Street in Long
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Debris is piled along Michigan Street in Long Beach as people strip their houses and throw out belongings destroyed by superstorm Sandy. (Nov. 18, 2012)

Debris is piled across Michigan Street in Long
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Debris is piled across Michigan Street in Long Beach as people strip their houses and throw out belongings which were destroyed by superstorm Sandy. (Nov. 18, 2012)

A surfer walks past a portion of the
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A surfer walks past a portion of the Long Beach boardwalk which was destroyed by superstorm Sandy. (Nov. 18, 2012)

Debris is piled across Michigan Street in Long
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Debris is piled across Michigan Street in Long Beach as people strip their houses and throw out belongings which were destroyed by superstorm Sandy. (Nov. 18, 2012)

People climb atop a portion of the Long
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People climb atop a portion of the Long Beach boardwalk which was destroyed by superstorm Sandy. (Nov. 18, 2012)

Long beach residents Jennifer and John Dilchert stand
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Long beach residents Jennifer and John Dilchert stand in front of their Minnesota Street home. The couple is seeking FEMA assistance to help rebuild in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy. (Nov. 18, 2012)

A surfer walks past a portion of the
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A surfer walks past a portion of the Long Beach boardwalk that was destroyed by superstorm Sandy. Coastal communities still struggling to resume life face an urgent problem of replacing boardwalks, for many a source of revenue, in time for the 2013 beach season. (Nov. 18, 2012)

Debris is piled across Michigan Street in Long
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Debris is piled across Michigan Street in Long Beach as people strip their houses and throw out belongings which were destroyed by superstorm Sandy. (Nov. 18, 2012)

Portions of the Long Beach boardwalk were twisted
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Portions of the Long Beach boardwalk were twisted and destroyed by superstorm Sandy. (Nov. 18, 2012)

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"Mount Sandy," spread between Riverside Boulevard and Long Beach Road along Broadway, consists of beach sand that spilled into the city's streets due to superstorm Sandy. It reaches almost as high as electricity poles along the street. (Nov. 21, 2012)

Fernando Coba, a day laborer, removes material from
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Fernando Coba, a day laborer, removes material from a house in Long Beach that was damaged by superstorm Sandy. (Nov. 14, 2012)

A man walks past a destroyed section of
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A man walks past a destroyed section of the boardwalk at the base of Lincoln Boulevard as Long Islanders continue their clean up efforts in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy in Long Beach New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has said that the economic loss and damage to homes and business caused by Sandy could total $33 billion in New York, according to published reports. (Nov. 9 , 2012)

Allison Newsome delivers the mail on Kentucky Avenue
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Allison Newsome delivers the mail on Kentucky Avenue in Long Beach two weeks after superstorm Sandy. (Nov. 12, 2012)

Long Beach residents assess the damage caused by
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Long Beach residents assess the damage caused by superstorm Sandy as they begin clean up efforts. (Oct. 31, 2012)

Long Beach residents assess the damage caused by
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Long Beach residents assess the damage caused by superstorm Sandy as they begin clean up efforts. (Oct. 31, 2012)

Members of Fema's search and rescue go door
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Members of Fema's search and rescue go door to door through the streets of Long Beach searching for victims of hurricane Sandy. (Nov. 2, 2012)

A Long Beach resident looks at the damage
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A Long Beach resident looks at the damage on his neighborhood on the West End of Long Beach. (Nov. 2, 2012)

John Smith starts to dig his house of
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John Smith starts to dig his house of the sand on the West End of Long Beach. (Nov. 2, 2012)

LONG BEACH, NY. WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 31, 2012. Michelle
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LONG BEACH, NY. WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 31, 2012. Michelle Kesner returned to her basemant apt. on West Broadway trying to recover some of her stuff two days after superstorm Sandy hit Long Island. (Oct. 31, 2012)

People gather on Michigan Avenue in Long Beach
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People gather on Michigan Avenue in Long Beach after superstorm Sandy. (Nov. 4, 2012)

View looking north-west at Long Beach on Monday
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View looking north-west at Long Beach on Monday evening. Long Beach has been without power since superstorm Sandy struck. (Nov. 5 2012)

Residents walk through the sand covered streets on
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Residents walk through the sand covered streets on the West End of Long Beach as they return to try to salvage some of their belongings. (Nov. 2, 2012)

Barry Popkin (right) is embraced by his son
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Barry Popkin (right) is embraced by his son Zach as they see each other for the first time after the hurricane Sandy. Part of Mr. Popkin's home is buried under sand in Long Beach. (Nov. 2, 2012)

Nick Mancini (left) and Thomas Daly (center) help
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Nick Mancini (left) and Thomas Daly (center) help their friend Keith Palmer (right) as they try to dig part of his home out of the sand on the West End of Long Beach. (Nov. 1, 2012)

56 year-old France Abouzeide tries to stay warm
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56 year-old France Abouzeide tries to stay warm in her apartment on Georgia Ave. in Long Beach by lighting up candles and the kitchen stove. (Nov. 5 2012)

View of Michigan Avenue in Long Beach after
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View of Michigan Avenue in Long Beach after superstorm Sandy. (Nov. 4, 2012)

Bruce Kopit steps over mounds of sand in
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Bruce Kopit steps over mounds of sand in his ground floor studio apartment on New Hampshire St. Residents of Long Beach work to recover during the aftermath of superstorm Sandy. (Nov. 4, 2012)

John Gatland of Brookln helps Long Islander's dig
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John Gatland of Brookln helps Long Islander's dig a drainage trench in the sand for water to be pumped out of a basement. Residents of Long Beach work to recover during the aftermath of superstorm Sandy. (Nov. 4, 2012)

Joe Pfeifer Jr., 8, walks walks with his
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Joe Pfeifer Jr., 8, walks walks with his father Joe Sr. along Indiana St. in Long Beach after superstorm Sandy. He is wearing his father's turnout coat. Pfeifer lost most of his belongings. Dad Joe Sr. is a member of Engine 3 in East Meadow, NY. (Nov.4, 2012)

Residents walk down Ohio Avenue in Long Beach
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Residents walk down Ohio Avenue in Long Beach after superstorm Sandy on Saturday. (Nov. 3, 2012)

Friends and family help Diane Joyce clean out
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Friends and family help Diane Joyce clean out her home on Ohio Avenue in Long Beach after superstorm Sandy. (Nov. 3, 2012)

Large portions of the protective dune between homes
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Large portions of the protective dune between homes in Long Beach and the ocean were washed away by superstorm Sandy. This Nov. 4, 2012, photo shows the dune degradation.

People affected by superstorm Sandy visit an aid
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People affected by superstorm Sandy visit an aid distribution center at the Long Beach Ice Arena in Long Beach. (Nov. 4, 2012)

Volunteers bring in supplies to an aid distribution
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Volunteers bring in supplies to an aid distribution center at the Long Beach Ice Arena, where hundreds came together to provide food and clothing to fellow residents affected by the superstorm Sandy. (Nov. 4, 2012)

Volunteers bring in clothing and food to an
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Volunteers bring in clothing and food to an aid distribution center at the Long Beach Ice Arena set up to help fellow residents affected by the superstorm Sandy, which caused widespread devastation to the area. (Nov. 4, 2012)

Long Beach residents work toward normalcy after Sandy,

Long Beach residents work toward normalcy after Sandy, as officials visit with promises of better and safer conditions soon. Videojournalists: Jim Staubitser, Amanda Voisard and Alejandra Villa (Nov. 2, 2012)

Specialist David Wint surveys Michigan Avenue in Long
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Specialist David Wint surveys Michigan Avenue in Long Beach, an area struck by Superstorm Sandy. (Nov. 4, 2012)

Neighbors Joe Valentino, left, and Chaim Lazarus get
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Neighbors Joe Valentino, left, and Chaim Lazarus get out Sunday to survey the damage from superstorm Sandy along New Hampshire Street in Long Beach. (Nov. 4, 2012)

The National Guard was on hand in hard-hit
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The National Guard was on hand in hard-hit Long Beach, where members handed out water and meal kits to residents. (Nov. 2, 2012)

John Joyce sits on a pile of garbage
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John Joyce sits on a pile of garbage he took out of his home on Ohio Avenue on the West End of Long Beach. (Nov. 2, 2012)

Downed trees lay across Laurelton Drive in Mastic
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Downed trees lay across Laurelton Drive in Mastic Beach after superstorm Sandy caused much flooding and damage across much of Long Island. (Oct. 30, 2012)

Boats on the LIRR's Long Beach branch near
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Boats on the LIRR's Long Beach branch near the bridge at Reynolds Channel in Island Park / Long Beach. (Oct. 30, 2012)

Residents walk on a street in Long Beach
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Residents walk on a street in Long Beach covered in beach sand caused by flooding from the superstorm Sandy. (Oct. 30, 2012)

Cars are left embedded in sand left after
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Cars are left embedded in sand left after a storm surge roared into the streets of Long Beach during megastorm Sandy. (Oct. 30, 2012)

Superstorm Sandy left sand after the storm surge
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Superstorm Sandy left sand after the storm surge into Long Beach. (Oct. 30, 2012)

Cars in Long Beach are embedded in sand
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Cars in Long Beach are embedded in sand left by the storm surge from superstorm Sandy. (Oct. 30, 2012)

The Allegria Hotel in Long Beach was damaged
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The Allegria Hotel in Long Beach was damaged during megastorm Sandy, which left piles of sand after its storm surge receded. (Oct. 30, 2012)

The aftermath of hurricane Sandy in Long Beach.
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The aftermath of hurricane Sandy in Long Beach. (Oct. 30, 2012)

LONG BEACH, NY. TUESDAY OCTOBER 30, 2012. The
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LONG BEACH, NY. TUESDAY OCTOBER 30, 2012. The aftermath of hurricane Sandy in Long Beach.

LONG BEACH, NY. TUESDAY OCTOBER 30, 2012. The
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LONG BEACH, NY. TUESDAY OCTOBER 30, 2012. The Long Beach boardwalk during the aftermath of hurricane Sandy in Long Beach.

LONG BEACH, NY. TUESDAY OCTOBER 30, 2012. The
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LONG BEACH, NY. TUESDAY OCTOBER 30, 2012. The aftermath of hurricane Sandy in Long Beach.

Aerial view of Long Beach after Sandy. (Oct.
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Aerial view of Long Beach after Sandy. (Oct. 30, 2012)

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks to members
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks to members of the media about recovering efforts after Hurricane Sandy in Long Beach. (Oct. 31, 2012)

A walkway leading to the boardwalk destroyed after
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A walkway leading to the boardwalk destroyed after being blown away from the powerful winds of Superstorm Sandy in Long Beach, N.Y. (Nov. 1, 2012)

A boat lies on debris in Long Beach
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A boat lies on debris in Long Beach in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy. (Oct. 30, 2012)

Boats jumbled together at a marina in Brant
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Boats jumbled together at a marina in Brant Beach, on Long Beach Island on the New Jersey shore, October 30, 2012, a day after Hurricane Sandy blew across the New Jersey barrier islands. (Clem Murray/Philadelphia Inquirer/MCT)

A car is buried in sand that was
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A car is buried in sand that was washed in from Hurricane Sandy in Long Beach Island, New Jersey. (Oct. 31, 2012)

An aerial look at Long Beach and the
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An aerial look at Long Beach and the destruction left by superstorm Sandy. (Oct. 31, 2012)

Jackie Hoey inspects the first floor of her
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Jackie Hoey inspects the first floor of her Long Beach home, which was heavily damaged by flooding from megastorm Sandy. Those experienced with such damage, advise taking a deep breath and making a plan and being patient. (Oct. 31. 2012)

A look, from the air, at the superstorm
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A look, from the air, at the superstorm Sandy's destruction in Long Beach. (Oct. 31, 2012)

A look at the damage caused by Sandy
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A look at the damage caused by Sandy in Long Beach. (Oct. 31, 2012)

The aftermath of superstorm Sandy in Long Beach.
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The aftermath of superstorm Sandy in Long Beach. (Oct. 30, 2012)

Long Beach residents assess the damage caused by
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Long Beach residents assess the damage caused by superstorm Sandy as they begin clean up efforts. (Oct. 31, 2012)

Long Beach residents assess the damage caused by
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Long Beach residents assess the damage caused by superstorm Sandy as they begin cleanup efforts. (Oct. 31, 2012)

Long Beach residents assess the damage caused by
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Long Beach residents assess the damage caused by superstorm Sandy as they begin cleanup efforts. (Oct. 31, 2012)

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