The window provided a small glance of the boardwalk. My heart beat faster as it came into view. I had to see more and feel the ocean air once again. As I got closer and saw the familiar benches, groups of people walking, the mom and pop stores hawking their wares, the tears welled up.
It had nothing to do with personally dealing with storm damage in the past. Perhaps I was sympathetic. But, it was much more. Memories of my childhood came flooding back, summers spent at the shore with family. When happiness ruled and fear was pushed away. That boardwalk was a haven from the Bronx, where I grew up.
After seeing media reports of extreme damage to Atlantic City’s Boardwalk after Hurricane Sandy, I feared that my old stomping ground would be forever changed. Not so. The media got it wrong. The mountain of debris splashed across TV screens was actually part of the boardwalk scheduled for demolition.
It’s hard to erase those images and reports from people’s minds. That’s one reason that the Social Good Trip was created – to share the reality. Along with the Atlantic City Alliance, who created the DO AC campaign, we want you to know how special the boardwalk truly is.
The boardwalk is a piece of history, with modern touches, a plethora of hotels and dining options. People watch, grab some salt water taffy, put your feet in the sand and don’t forget a kitschy souvenir. Relive memories and create new ones.
A suggestion – make plans for the Caesers Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival held on July 25 – 28.