Seaside Park Residents Slowly Recover After Fire - New York News

Seaside Park Residents Slowly Recover After Fire

Posted: Updated:
Maruca's, one of the businesses damaged a second time. Maruca's, one of the businesses damaged a second time.
SEASIDE PARK, N.J. -

"I had to switch locations after Sandy and I said to myself, ‘I can't go through this again,'" said Domenic Maruca.

Maruca's Pizza had been on the boardwalk in Seaside for more than 60 years. After Superstorm Sandy Domenic Maruca and his family cleaned up and rebuilt. However, last week's massive fire took a second shot at the family business.

"We were only open less than five months and this hit," said Maruca. "I'd say some people won't recover from this unless they get some aid from government bodies because in the last disaster, Superstorm Sandy, I had all this insurance and nothing paid out."

Exhausted business owners trickled into the Seaside Municipal Complex today, where the Christie administration offered help and information for those who don't know where to start for their rebuilding.

"The insurance companies have been tough on us, very tough on us and very strict with their rules," says another resident.

Governor Christie has already announced $15 million in grants and forgivable loans, Christie also said that the funding would be available to cover the cost of debris removal after the fire.

"I think they're going to work on this just like they worked on Sandy. As soon as they find out what their insurance money brings them, they will get right back into it," said Maureen Stankowitz, the President of the Ocean County Chamber of Commerce

"Just come see us when it gets better it's going to get better," said Maureen Stankowitz, the President of Ocean County Chamber of Commerce.

"It's going to take time, but we'll be back," said Maruca.

Fire and emergency officials will continue monitoring the fire zone until six p.m. tonight. Then they'll be re-assessing the scene.

There was a flare-up of that fire yesterday. Investigators are still trying to determine what caused the inferno last week.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • NJ brush fire forces evacuations

    NJ brush fire forces evacuations

    Thursday, April 24 2014 1:54 PM EDT2014-04-24 17:54:43 GMT
    A New Jersey school and several homes were evacuated Thursday afternoon because of a large brush fire that was being fanned by winds.Beachwood Intermediate South School was closed just after 12:30 p.m. Parents were told not to report to the school. The Ocean County Sheriff's Dept. said that all children were going to be safely evacuated to another location.
    A New Jersey school and several homes were evacuated Thursday afternoon because of a large brush fire that was being fanned by winds.Beachwood Intermediate South School was closed just after 12:30 p.m. Parents were told not to report to the school. The Ocean County Sheriff's Dept. said that all children were going to be safely evacuated to another location.
  • Cops swarm home after disgruntled Call of Duty gamer calls in swatting hoax

    Cops swarm home after disgruntled Call of Duty gamer calls in swatting hoax

    Thursday, April 24 2014 12:05 PM EDT2014-04-24 16:05:27 GMT
    Heavily armed police officers descended on a home in Long Beach, Long Island thinking they might find a grisly murder scene. Instead they found a terrified woman who had no clue what they were talking about and her teenaged son playing video games.
    Heavily armed police officers descended on a home in Long Beach, Long Island thinking they might find a grisly murder scene. Instead they found a terrified woman who had no clue what they were talking about and her teenaged son playing video games.
  • Girl fights to bring 22-year-old prom date

    Girl fights to bring 22-year-old prom date

    Thursday, April 24 2014 11:50 AM EDT2014-04-24 15:50:19 GMT
    A Connecticut teenager is appealing to her local Board of Education after school officials rejected her request to bring her 21-year-old boyfriend to her prom.
    A Connecticut teenager is appealing to her local Board of Education after school officials rejected her request to bring her 21-year-old boyfriend to her prom.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices