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Six months after Sandy
While progress has been made along the New Jersey Shore in the six months after superstorm Sandy ravaged the region, The state still has a long road to recovery.

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In April 2012, six months after sandy hit the New Jersey Shore, FoxNews.com was given an plane tour of the coast by local aerial advertising outfit High Exposure. Seen here is the shoreline of Seaside Heights. In the foreground is the remnants of Funtown Pier which will not be ready for the upcoming tourist season. The owner said in reports that they hope to be up and running by the 2014 season.

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In nearby Ortley Beach, NJ, entire blocks were washed away while the homes that survived were left uninhabitable. Since many of the dwellings are vacation homes, the rebuilding process has been been slow along most of the coast due to being ineligible for FEMA funding.

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Another view of the decimated Funtown Pier in Seaside Park, NJ. To the right, the boardwalk, which was also destroyed during Sandy is being rebuilt.

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Funtown Pier, Seaside Park, NJ

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Mantoloking, which sits on the same barrier island as Seaside Heights, was one of the hardest hit towns with nearly 60 homes washed away, while those that stayed on land were left completely uninhabitable.

 

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Debris and sand is still strewn along Route 35, a costal highway that was washed out during sandy and was shut down for three months after work. The state's Department of Transportation recently announced that they will postpone remaining repair work until after the summer tourism season.

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A residential street in Ortley Beach on Route 35 with a majority of homes demolished or wiped away from the storm.

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A bungalow knocked off its foundation in Ortley Beach, NJ

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Cleanup and rebuilding has yet to begin in many areas along the Jersey Shore.

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Many of the locals say the slow recovery process is due to many factors, including insurance companies still not paying out on policies and a bureaucratic FEMA.

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Other towns along the Jersey Shore have seen tremendous progress such as Union Beach, a small village along the Raritan Bay. Seen here, is raised to comply with current flood zones recently remapped by FEMA.

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Many of the homes, including entire blocks of the small town had to be demolished.

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"It's slow progress, but it's still progress," life long resident Jeannette Van Houten said to FoxNews.com during a recent tour of the recovery. "It's hard to say that a house coming down is progress, but it really is. With the house still standing there, you just saw the scar of life."

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Seen here, a fence is used as a makeshift billboard with messages of well wishes.

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A sign placed on a now empty lot in Union Beach, NJ

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Union Beach bar and restaurant Jakeabob's recently reopened  across town after their location along the bay was destroyed. Owner Gigi Dorr, partly inspired by her last name, decorated her business with doors from damaged of demolished homes donated by owners.

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Doors were also re-purposed for every table in the restaurant.

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Jakeabob's old location on the Raritan Bay was leveled after Sandy's wrath. Dorr says she intends to rebuild.

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Six months after Sandy

While progress has been made along the New Jersey Shore in the six months after superstorm Sandy ravaged the region, The state still has a long road to recovery.

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