Stil recovering from Hurricane Sandy, Island Beach State Park has some new additions, including the restoration of Fisherman’s Walkway and some property at the entrance to the park.
BERKELEY TOWNSHIP —Bonita Mascola walked off the beach at Island Beach State Park on Thursday afternoon with a few items to add to her collection from years of beach combing.
Mascola and her companion Thom Jankowski are regulars at the state-owned park in Berkeley Township but said they started visiting even more frequently after Hurricane Sandy to see what the storm stirred up and to witness the park’s recovery.
And they’ve been surprised by a few changes there just in the past month, including a new beach walkway and the demolition of a beloved landmark restaurant as the park continues to recover from Sandy’s destruction.
“We’re grateful that we have Island Beach State Park, said Jankowski, a Toms River resident. “Even after two years, there are still so many people struggling.”
Jankowski and Mascola usually do their beach combing at different areas of the park, but on Thursday they took advantage