From TC contributor Michael Solana, who grew up at Seaside Heights:
This is a huge property hit, for sure, but also a kind of tragedy of spirit. Many of the businesses spared by Hurricane Sandy are now burning to the ground, just yards from the rollercoaster that lived through the winter in the middle of the ocean. It feels a lot like end game. The overwhelming feeling coming out of my hometown right now is, I think, hopelessness.
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