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

Special Edition Binding
11.25” x 8.75”, 184 pp.,
256 color photographs, index.
*For this Limited Edition book, please select the "SANDY Limited Ed." shipping option. We cannot process other shipping options because of the value of this book. This will cost $12.50 for the first book, and $1.50 more for each additional book.
Giving Back
Special edition books to benefit storm relief

As a part of the community affected by Superstorm Sandy, Down The Shore Publishing saw first-hand the amazing work done by volunteers in the aftermath of the storm.

While many citizens and groups donated funds and services, one grass-roots group sprung up immediately after the storm and offered an incredibly valuable of resource – people.

START (Stafford Teachers and Residents Together) was founded – with photocopied flyers handed out right after the storm -- by Joe Mangino and Mike Dunlea, two teachers in the Stafford Township school district, neighboring Long Beach Island. Even though their own homes were damaged, they felt compelled to help others in dire need throughout Southern Ocean County. They networked and coordinated volunteers who were literally boots on the ground, gutting homes and truly helping people in need.
START is being formalized into a full-fledged 501(c)(3) charity, and they will continue their selfless hands-on efforts helping local people in need long after the storm recovery is behind us.

To give back to the community – to support the selfless work of START – we’ve produced a special edition of Surviving Sandy; it is a specially-bound, limited edition with satin ribbon. Only 137 copies of this edition have been produced, bound from the first printing, first editon. The first 100 copies are numbered on the front endsheet; the balance are foilstamped “Limited Edition.” Each copy sells for $100 and all the revenue above the cost benefits START.

Books can be purchased here, while they last, directly from Down The Shore Publishing, or by contacting Joe Mangino of START at: 



Superstorm Sandy was an epic storm, the greatest natural disaster in the Jersey Shore’s recorded history. Throughout Southern Ocean County it disrupted lives and rearranged neighborhoods. In this new hardcover, readers experience the superstorm from the its inception, to its devastating impact on the Long Beach Island area, and through the triumphs and tribulations our battered shore communities experienced in the days and weeks afterward. Read about Superstorm Sandy through the accounts of residents and first responders from Long Beach Island, Beach Haven West, West Creek and Tuckerton Beach and more. See just why Superstorm Sandy is the "Greatest Storm of the Jersey Shore". The 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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