With symbolic ribbon cutting, NJ shore is open

Associated Press
Daryl Gottilla, left, and his wife Denise, right, sit on a storm-damaged beach in Point Pleasant Beach NJ on May 10, 2013. Visitors to the Jersey shore this Memorial Day weekend will find many of their favorite beaches and boardwalks ready for summer, thanks to a massive rebuilding effort after Superstorm Sandy. While several neighborhoods remain damaged, all but one of the storm-wrecked boardwalks should be ready for Memorial Day weekend, and amusement rides will still be available from Keansburg to Wildwood. Most beaches will be open, despite losing sand during the storm. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)
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Daryl Gottilla, left, and his wife Denise, right, sit on a storm-damaged beach in Point Pleasant Beach NJ on May 10, 2013. Visitors to the Jersey shore this Memorial Day weekend will find many of their favorite beaches and boardwalks ready for summer, thanks to a massive rebuilding effort after Superstorm Sandy. While several neighborhoods remain damaged, all but one of the storm-wrecked boardwalks should be ready for Memorial Day weekend, and amusement rides will still be available from Keansburg to Wildwood. Most beaches will be open, despite losing sand during the storm. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has cut a ribbon to symbolically reopen the state's shore for the summer season, seven months after being devastated by Superstorm Sandy.

He appeared live on NBC's "Today" show to do the cutting Friday in Seaside Heights.

The ribbon was five-miles long, stretching through parts of what's known as the northern barrier island in Ocean County.

Several New Jersey beach communities have annual beach ribbon cuttings, announcing they are back in business. But this year's ceremonies are more poignant seven months after a storm that did an estimated $37 billion of damage in the state.

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