So last week — remember last week? — “06880” was filled with a discussion on whether to renovate the Compo bathhouse, and if so, who should pay for it.
What a difference a Hurricane Sandy makes.
Here’s what the bathhouse looks like today. Yes, that Kowalsky truck stands in front of what used to be the brick entrance to the lockers, next to Joey’s. Yes, that’s the lockers you now see, right from the beach. And yes, in the foreground there’s a section of the boardwalk that does not belong there.
But that’s not all. Here’s what else I saw this afternoon:
Legendary former Staples football coach Paul Lane has lived at Compo Beach since the 1930s. He saw the famous Hurricane of 1938, and the Nor’easter of 1955. On Monday, Sandy — one of the worst — inundated his house. Several Staples soccer players (and a friend) spent hours today shoveling out his front yard. Also today, members of Staples’ Service League of Boys (SLOBS) worked at Old Mill, cleaning and repairing damage there.
Last winter, Elvira’s embarked on a top-to-bottom renovation. The bottom included a new foundation.
It was money well spent. Sandbags, plywood — and the new foundation — kept damage to a (relative) minimum.
After 2 days of cleanup, Elvira’s will open tomorrow — as usual, bright and early — to serve great food (and plenty of coffee) to the grateful Old Mill community.