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NORTH WILWOOD, N.J. – Although the biggest danger of Tropical Storm Hermine has passed, it still has kept beaches closed for multiple days now.
What would normally be a beach packed with sunbathers only had a few people in sweatshirts enjoying a windy holiday in North Wildwood on Labor day. The holiday weekend is usually a busy one for businesses as many celebrate the unofficial ending to the summer – but that wasn’t the case this year.
“This was just a flop, a total flop. It really was, it’s a shame. My biggest concern is the bar business and restaurants, everybody, just lost too much money,” said Bill Hunt, a resident of North Wildwood.
Businesses may not have been crowded, but the gazebos along the ocean were busy today as many watched the rough surf.
And although it seems the Jersey Shore dodged a bullet when it comes to Hermine, for the third day in the row the North Wildwood Beach Patrol is urging everyone to stay out of what seems to be an angry ocean.
“If we have conditions like this, the people will get swept away even if we had them. There’s just so much water. There’s no reason to have people in the water, nothing good can become of that,” said Capt. Bill Ciavarelli of the North Wildwood Beach Patrol.
Although Hermine didn't wreak havoc on the shore, some damage was made. According to Capt. Ciavarelli there are some areas along the water where cliffs are forming from lost chunks of beach.
Despite the minor damage, the beach patrol expects the water to reopen Tuesday.