Surviving Sandy Author Speaks Oct. 20 at NJ Maritime Museum Program

Oct 09, 2017

The New Jersey Maritime Museum’s first post-season presentation will be given on Friday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. at Buckalew’s Restaurant and Tavern in Beach Haven. Admission is free, but donations to the museum are accepted.

Guest speaker Scott Mazzella will discuss his book, Surviving Sandy – Long Beach Island and the Greatest Storm of the Jersey Shore, as well as how the superstorm still affects the area five years later.

Mazzella’s talk will include his concept for writing the book, gathering stories from storm survivors, and displaying and describing their experiences through a collection of more than 250 photographs. He said he would show how Sandy tracked from its origin in the Atlantic, initially becoming a hurricane but then morphing into a superstorm as it moved north but then veered west with a bull’s eye pointed at the Jersey Shore.

“There was a high-pressure system to our north and a deepening trough to the west, which pulled Sandy perpendicular to us,” said Mazzella, a history teacher at the Jonas Salk Middle School in Old Bridge. “While it caused a lot of damage to LBI, it was quite worse farther up the shore and areas of Staten Island and Queens in New York. That’s what made it an historic storm.”

He said one of the legacies of Sandy is how it revolutionized storm warnings through Facebook and other social media outlets.

“People are better prepared today in the event of a major storm,” said Mazzella. “I think Sandy woke a lot of people up who didn’t think the Jersey Shore would ever be impacted by a hurricane.”

He said he would also look at this year’s hurricane season, which brought very destructive storms through hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Jose.

“They were making landfall one after another,” he said. “This has been a most unusual hurricane season.”

For reservations or additional information, call the museum at 609-492-0202. E.E.

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