POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. — People expecting to celebrate the unofficial end of summer lying on the sand at Point Pleasant Beach, could only look at it.
The beach was forced to close late Saturday morning because of rip currents, and with high gusts and heavy rain expected on Sunday, workers cleared the beach of any moveable objects that could go flying.
“I’m very disappointed. We were hoping to enjoy the beach, but you have to make the best of it, I guess,“ said Brenda Hynes, who was with her family.
“We’re just enjoying the boardwalk, and playing some games and keeping them as busy as we can so we’re not all stuck in the house all day.”
Beach goers were not the only ones wishing tropical storm Hermine would stay away. Businesses were already feeling its impact on Satruday.
Chris Herrmann, the manager of the popular Jake’s Crab House on Jenkinson’s Boardwalk said the restaurant would typically be full at lunch on this holiday weekend. Instead, there were plenty of empty seats.
“It will definitely affect us,” Herrmann said about tropical storm Hermine. “I would say about 80 percent of the people won’t be down here.”
“It will hurt us,” said the manager of a boardwalk gift shop, who anticipated the store would be closed on Sunday. “But today we’re doing really good selling sweatshirts, so we might make it up today for tomorrow.”