Living at the beach is a dream.
Until something like Hurricane Sandy turns it into a nightmare.
But Compo, Old Mill and other shoreline residents say it’s worth it. They’re used to challenges.
They’re raising their homes to FEMA standards. They’re gaining safety (and maybe a garage underneath).
Plus — this is Sandy’s dark cloud/silver lining — they now enjoy fantastic new views.
Some homes are not fixable. In their place, owners build stronger houses.
Other homes are, or will soon be, up for sale. (Like Betsy and Dan Kahn’s — she provided these fantastic photos.)
Many residents have lived elsewhere for the past 9 months, or huddled in only part of their under-renovation house. The wait, they say, will be worth it.
And beach life will be better than ever.