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In Atlantic City, New Jersey, there's major flooding and a stark warning from city officials: From Eyewitness News 7: image. A picture form.


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Six months after Sandy, Atlantic City is betting on a comeback
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Sandy was the largest Atlantic hurricane on record (by diameter), the in New York City, and the next (click to fade), the re-opened garage.


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Half a year after Hurricane Sandy flooded Atlantic City homes and washed away much of its tourism, though barely any of its actual boardwalk.


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Physical Damage to AC's Hospitality Industry. While Hurricane Sandy most decidedly did not destroy Atlantic City's boardwalk or casinos in any.


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A month after Hurricane Sandy pounded the New Jersey Shore, Atlantic City is back in business. Even though most of the casinos, restaurants.


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A month after Hurricane Sandy pounded the New Jersey Shore, Atlantic City is back in business. Even though most of the casinos, restaurants.


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Sandy floods more than 80 percent of Atlantic City

What follows is the first in a weeklong series of reports exploring losses both personal and professional, communities rebuilding, and triumphs over Mother Nature. But warped floorboards and leaky ceilings were perhaps the least of Atlantic City's problems, at least for its small business owners. His house took on four feet of water, ruining the entire first floor and all of the moving boxes that he and his wife had yet to unpack from their move earlier that year. Share this story Twitter Facebook.{/INSERTKEYS}{/PARAGRAPH} In the months after Sandy, casinos in some cases dramatically cut back the opening hours of their restaurants. But, as Guaracino points out, these community leaders were needed more at home in their own Sandy-ravaged communities. Businesses also got hit, particularly those on vulnerable beachfront properties. Restaurateurs say that their monthly covers are getting back to what they normally would be in the off-season. And many of the city's restaurants are back up and running. Located in a residential area, this section is nowhere near the iconic and commercial section of the boardwalk that connects most of Atlantic City's big-name casinos from Caesars Palace to the Taj Mahal to the newly incarnated Revel. Looking Ahead In spite of all this, Atlantic City already seems to be bouncing back. As she says, "It's such a time-sensitive thing to get stuff dried out. November happens to be one of Atlantic City's biggest months of the year for convention traffic. In the days that followed, it turned out that this section of the boardwalk was one that was slated for demolition anyway. He says he walked up and down the boardwalk after seeing those news reports and discovered that all was well. While Hurricane Sandy most decidedly did not destroy Atlantic City's boardwalk or casinos in any meaningful way, it did cause plenty of destruction for Atlantic City residents and workers. The Media When it became clear that Hurricane Sandy was going to make landfall over New Jersey, the national media did what the national media is wont to do: it sent reporters to the coastlines to stand in the wind and rain and document the destruction. People are asking whether they're open, or if Hurricane Sandy perhaps washed their business away as it supposedly did the city's iconic boardwalk. Dupuis at Mussel Bar says he had employees calling in every day after the storm just itching to work. Some were closed for weeks at a time. Then there are the unlucky few whose homes and businesses flooded in Sandy's swells. And those kinds of cutbacks were common at restaurants across the city, whether it be the mom-and-pops or the casinos. Though Till now says she was lucky to have stayed nearby, she points out that many others were unable to get back for days thanks to the blockaded streets. Gino Iovino at Girasole says he didn't have to lay off any of his employees — many of whom are family members — but they have cut down from five shifts a week to three or four. They'll come back in , but Guaracino says, " That business was lost forever. Now, however, those tourists are dealing with their own catastrophes. Understandably, spending money in Atlantic City is not a priority. Casinos in particular depend on their tourism and gaming dollars. {PARAGRAPH}{INSERTKEYS}Eater's Amy McKeever recently went to Atlantic City , New Jersey, to talk with chefs, restaurateurs, and city representatives to learn their Hurricane Sandy stories and peer into the city's recovery. The workforce in the hospitality industry felt it, too. Atlantic City was already declining over recent years thanks to gaming development nearby in Pennsylvania eating into the casino town's once-commanding market share. It was going to get worse. Attending a conference in Atlantic City was also not in the cards. The roof was also leaking at Tony's Baltimore Grill , which stayed open through the storm, and owner Debbie Tarsitano says they're just now discovering water damage elsewhere. So, according to Guaracino, "Not only do you have a workforce who was recovering from their own personal impact from Hurricane Sandy, whether their homes or that kind of thing. By Elazar Sontag. Bob McDevitt, president of the Local 54 workers' union, says that 25 to 30 percent of Atlantic City's market comes from Red Hook and other points north. So how have they come to be so optimistic? Sign up for the newsletter Eater. They're sure of a full recovery in time for peak season. They're also dealing with the impact of a significantly reduced earning potential during the fourth quarter of In spite of all this, Atlantic City already seems to be bouncing back. Its first level had already flooded and the second high tide hadn't even hit yet. Friends helped her evacuate before her home flooded and on the way to safety, they stopped by the restaurant. Dupuis says the Revel's employee entrance had flooded and he had water dripping into Mussel Bar's kitchen. And, of course, it wasn't just the casinos and business owners who suffered from this sudden drop in tourism. It seems like everyone in Atlantic City is still getting that phone call from friends and regulars. Governor Christie shut down the casinos until November 2 , and people throughout the region spent weeks in some cases just getting back on their feet. Here now, a post-mortem on a post-Sandy Atlantic City. In Atlantic City's case, the reports included one major inaccuracy that has caused lingering trouble for the city and all of its businesses. But the Atlantic City boardwalk is intact. Stay tuned over the next few days for their Hurricane Sandy stories: Tomorrow brings the tale of Tony's Baltimore Grill , which stayed open throughout the storm with a skeleton crew. Both of these have suffered post-Sandy. And weeks later while in Miami, he had new acquaintances asking if everyone in AC was still surviving. By signing up, you agree to our Privacy Notice and European users agree to the data transfer policy. Journalists on the ground, not necessarily familiar with Atlantic City, found a section of the boardwalk that Sandy had battered. Atlantic City is a town with a lot of basement apartments and flooding was an issue for a lot of residents. Loading comments The Latest. But people aren't coming into the restaurant in the numbers that they did even this time last year. It's a particular irritant to some, including Girasole 's Gino Iovino, who reopened his Italian restaurant the very next day after Sandy hit. But there are little signs of damage everywhere. Still today restaurants across Atlantic City field calls asking whether or not they're open, as well as whether or not they still exist after Sandy's supposed wrath. McDevitt says that of his union's 13, casino-working members, only half of them were full-time in November. But, the problem is, the actual historic part of Atlantic City's boardwalk was not devastated at all. Filed under: Atlantic City Eater Scenes. But for the first week or so of November , the city was all chaos and blockades. When it became clear that Hurricane Sandy was going to make landfall over New Jersey, the national media did what the national media is wont to do: it sent reporters to the coastlines to stand in the wind and rain and document the destruction. And many Atlantic City workers happen to live in nearby areas that were socked even harder, such as Dean Dupuis, chef of Mussel Bar at the Revel. Pocket Flipboard Email. To make up for that revenue, Atlantic City had begun to look elsewhere for revenue, particularly tourism and conventions. While the media has focused plenty on the destruction, it's the not-so-sexy indirect damage that might actually be hurting Atlantic City the most. There will be a look at how the gaming industry — for decades the driver of Atlantic City's economy — took a hit from Sandy, as well as the steps the city is taking to bring it back. And that appears to have been a common phenomenon among all the casinos. Even most of those that did take on storm damage have by now managed to rebuild and reopen. The District Commander of the Atlantic City Tourism District put out a statement explaining the reality and the networks corrected their reports but, as happens in cases like this, the damage was done. He kept some on and brought people into work when he could, he says, but he had to cut others loose advising them to collect unemployment. Crucial numbers — employment, gaming revenue — are mostly back on the upswing , and yet recovery continues. But still, it's worth it to take a look back at what factors played into the coastal city's distress, some that linger still to this day. But many restaurants rely on them as well.