Brick Township's beach revenues will be down for the summer of 2013 from last year, but exactly how much is still being determined.
Township Administrator Scott Pezarras spoke with Patch and noted as of mid- August, beach revenues were about half of what they were in the summer of 2012 - to about $220,000.
"That's where we were about three weeks ago, and so anything that has come in since that three weeks since would have moved us over that number, Pezarras said.
However, he added, the township was prepared to have lower revenues this year than season's past - and allocated for that when they prepared the 2013 municipal budget.
"Anybody that thought they weren't going to be losing revenue this year, even if you had your beach totally ready, was kidding themselves," Pezarras said.
Pezarras said even though Brick Beach 1 was ready by Memorial Day, and Beach 3 was largely back in shape by the beginning of the summer, many people had already decided to summer elsewhere after watching reports on television media about the fallout from Sandy.
Many towns, like Brick, also suffered revenue drops because of closures. In Brick, beaches were closed by emergency declaration following Hurricane Sandy, and town officials hadn't amended that declaration for the Normandy Beach area until July 13.
Across the Jersey Shore, the drop in the number of beachgoers is being blamed on a number of Sandy issues, according to a recently published Associated Press survey. They include:
- Early decision-making by some beachgoers to book trips elsewhere during this season of rebuilding;
- Fewer available rental units
- Delayed beach openings;
- Changes in the school calendar to make up for storm days;.and
- Some resort towns say rain did them in.
Pezarras noted, however, that the township expected the revenue drop, and allocated for that in this year's budget, so, as far as the budget is concerned "we've met our revenue projection."
He also said that next year's budget will hopefully see a bounce back effect, and hopefully rebound to teh $400,000+ in revenues seen lat year.