The iconic Edgewater Marina facility near Staten Island suffered over $1 million in damages due to storm surges from recent Hurricane Sandy.
Although almost all of the news coverage of the recent and devastating Hurricane Sandy that hit the upper East Coast depicted severe water and wind damage to the homes and businesses in the city of New York, the crippling weather event also did major damage to one of the largest and most famous marinas in the area as well. The Edgewater Marina that has been an iconic landmark in nearby New Jersey for over a decade will need to undergo at least $1 million in rebuilding and repair efforts to restore the site back to its pristine pre-storm condition.
A huge 15-foot storm surge swallowed the whole Edgewater property on October 29th and destroyed the marina’s electrical system, mangling piers and docks along with flooding the nearby major freeway intersection at River Road and Route 5. After ripping through everything in its path, the hurricane-whipped storm surge leveled nearly everything at the marina site and the surging floodwaters were so deep they were able to toss a Boston Whaler motor boat right into the marina’s automobile parking lot.
A dedicated staff of marina employees decided to brave the storm and stay on the site before, during and after the storm to try to mitigate the damage and secure any loose vessels. The work was made even more difficult by 15 inches of standing water inside the marina facility and Borough Administrator Greg Franz said "Anything that was held together by a hinge, or something else, is bent. However, unlike a lot of other marinas, we were fortunate enough that we did not lose a single boat permanently."
Like those other marinas, however, the Edgewater did suffer major damage and when the final cost estimates are in; observers say they expect the battered marina will probably need over $1 million worth of restoration work. Although the city council rushed to approve $300,000 in cash for emergency repair purchases on November 19th, at present the marina is still not open to the public and is running only on a portable generator. Persons interested in learning more about the severity of the damage and the expected length of the reconstruction efforts can visit edgewaternj.org for more details.