Surviving Sandy

Long Beach Island and the Greatest Storm
of the Jersey Shore

By Scott Mazzella

Foreword by Margaret Thomas Buchholz
Introduction by Larry Savadove

2014 Ben Franklin Award Winners!
GOLD: Nature/Environment
SILVER: Political/Current Events
SILVER: Cover Design-large format
SILVER: Regional

Softcover, 2nd Edition 11” x 8.5”,
deluxe cover with flaps, 184 pp. 256 color photos,index.
ISBN 978-1-59322-089-1
(updated) $34.00

Leather-bound, Limited Edition hardcover 11.25” x 8.75”, 184 pp.,256 color photos, index. ISBN 978-1-59322-079-2
remaining copies: $44.00
Originally published at $100, this special edition of the 1st printing is bound in gold-stamped leather with a ribbon marker, stamped inside "Limited Edition."
Some copies are numbered (1-100); signed copies may be available.This special edition was published without a dust jacket, but we will provide one from the other hardcover edition upon request. (Note: it fits a bit snugly, as the leather bound edition is slightly fatter.)
Created in the aftermath of the storm, this detailed account of Sandy was created by an author, editor, and publishing staff that lost an office and portions of their homes. In the midst of their own recovery, a remarkable book was produced and recognized by national critics in the four categories above.
Leather-bound, Limited Edition hardcover



Superstorm Sandy was an epic storm, the greatest natural disaster in the Jersey Shore’s recorded history. Along the coast, and inland, it disrupted lives and rearranged neighborhoods. In this acclaimed account, readers experience the superstorm from the its inception, to its devastating impact on the Long Beach Island area, through the triumphs and tribulations our battered shore communities experienced in the days and months afterward. Residents and first responders from Long Beach Island, Beach Haven West, West Creek, Little Egg Harbor and Tuckerton and more share their dramatic stories of the storm. See just why Superstorm Sandy is the "Greatest Storm of the Jersey Shore". This full-color book includes 256 photographs from the height of the storm and the aftermath and recovery.

"The sights got grimmer. Houses lay pitched in sand, ripped from their foundations. Some had been gouged out by the ocean, their contents spilled out onto the sand. He could not believe he was looking at Holgate. He saw cars on top of buildings, buildings flipped over on top of themselves, houses inside of houses, houses gone.”

— from the book


LANDFALL:When Charlie Potter arrived at the Shell in Beach Haven at around noon, the area was still in good shape. Bicentennial Park was untouched and the properties of both hotels looked relatively normal — aside from the firefighting apparatus parked in the Engleside parking lot. Potter’s truck remained safe in the Shell’s western parking lot. The only evidence a hurricane was on its way was at the beach. It was taking a pounding.
Walking into the main dining room and bar area, wooden boards blacked out the wall of glass windows behind the big oak bar that look out over a pool and the Shell’s trademark tiki bars. Aside from the wind, the blowing sand and the forecast, things felt secure. At least more secure than his flooded house in Holgate.
But the feeling would be fleeting. Sitting at the darkened bar, the wind whistled as it blew against the boards covering the windows, Potter began to realize it was only a matter of time.

Scott Mazzella is an educator, former reporter, passionate writer and weather-buff. His family's summer home in Holgate, NJ, was damaged in Sandy, as well as in the '62 northeaster.

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