Sandy-Damaged N.J. RV Parks Vow to Reopen
While it was announced recently that the Long Beach Island Trailer Park along the New Jersey coast will not reopen, the site’s smaller neighbors just to the west in Holgate – Farreny’s Family RV Park & Boat Basin and Lindy’s Trailer Park & Marina – endured Superstorm Sandy less battered and bruised, and will be ready for the summer season after repairing what was damaged last October, the Long Beach Island Sandpaper reported.
“We are rebuilding,” Lindy’s owner Al Czerwinski said Monday (Jan. 21) of his bayside park at 5310 West Ave. “We are putting it back together. We’ll be good to go in March or early April.”
Similarly, Farreny’s, on the bay at 5400 West Ave., will be ready for its tenants to return with the warmer weather.
Owner Bryan Farreny and his son, Bryan Farreny Jr., have been making repairs and cleaning up the property. “Our tenants have banded together, offering work groups to ensure we are up and running for the 2013 summer season,” said the elder Farreny.
Operations Manager Laurie Farreny, Bryan senior’s wife, said that while Farreny’s is located in close proximity to the LBI Trailer Park, “we’re about 3 feet higher, and also further away by only a few feet where the force of the ocean rushed down West Avenue at full force,” as well as a bit farther from the waves that breached the ocean dunes in much of Holgate.
Of a total 39 RVs at Farreny’s, only six had minor flooding, as did the park office. The marina – with 30 boat slips, all empty as of October every year – “was completely torn up by the storm,” said Laurie, but the wood is being pulled out of the bay and reused to rebuild the dock.
Overall, the site fared better than most on the island’s south end. “We felt so much in awe that we didn’t suffer damage to the extent that our neighbors did,” Laurie remarked. “Somehow we were protected.”
“When Blease Farreny built the property, he had immense foresight in making the land higher to protect it from flooding,” Bryan senior said of his grandfather.
Farreny’s had just four spots open recently when residents of the LBI Trailer Park, a seasonal mobile home park, received word from owner Bob Muroff that the site would be closing for good, and that they have to remove their structures from the property by Feb. 15. Those four spots filled quickly, and Farreny’s now has a waiting list.
Laurie has asked her current tenants to let her know by Jan. 31 if they will be back this summer, so she can possibly take in more of the LBI Trailer Park community. “Availability can change at any moment as our tenants make their decisions. The waiting list is long, and I wish I had room to take them all in.”
As she did point out, “We are an RV park, not a mobile home park, so we have different size restrictions” – 8 feet wide by 36 feet long, versus perhaps 10 feet by 40 feet or 12 feet by 39 feet at a place such as the LBI Trailer Park.
Czerwinski said his park is full at the moment as well, but he also has a waiting list.
Both Farreny’s and Lindy’s regularly update their Facebook pages – Farreny’s Family RV Park & Boat Basin LLC and Lindy’s LBI, respectively – and lately Farreny has been using this social media site to disseminate information about alternative summer options for the former tenants of the LBI Trailer Park, including the Sea Pirate Campground at 148 Main St. in West Creek (609-296-7400/sea-pirate.com) and Lorry’s Island End Motel (609-492-6363/lorrysmotel.com) in Holgate.
“I’ve had people calling me crying,” said Laurie, who feels the least she can do is investigate possibilities on behalf of these members of her south-end community.
While some believed after the storm that the LBI Trailer Park might not reopen because of the extensive damage, Laurie said that when Muroff informed his tenants this was in fact the case, she thought, “Wow, it’s a reality now.” Even though people may understand the reasons behind the closing, “We were all in shock.”
She has concerns about what will happen to the land, and how the loss of the many tenants will affect the south-end economy, but more than that, she noted, “Our neighbors are gone.”
A fourth trailer park in Holgate – Oceanside Trailer Park, at 5210 South Long Beach Blvd. – consists of seven trailers.