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Contractors at Connecticut beaches repair damage before summer


Eyewitness News traveled to several locations throughout the New England coast as the recovery process begins from damage left by Hurricane Sandy and one of the harshest winters in decades.

The Back to the Beach segment has taken Eyewitness News to Cape Cod where officials are dealing with erosion issues and Misquamicut Beach where some businesses and hotels wont' be able to reopen in time for this summer.

Eyewitness News visited Old Lyme Thursday, where town officials said its population triples in the summer.

"We have families who have been here for over 90 years, continuously," said Perry Garvin.

His family owns nearly 50 summer cottages on Hawk's Nest Beach in Old Lyme. After Sandy hit six months ago, nearly every one of the homes suffered some sort of damage.

"For us it's a matter of doing siding, some foundations and cleaning up and putting Humpty Dumpty back together again," Garvin said.

Six months ago, the concern was how they were going to repair all the homes damaged by the storm, so everyone has a place to stay.

Connecticut's entire coast is fighting to recover from Sandy and the nasty winter season.

"Probably by next summer maybe everything will be completed," said Matt Dawley of Mountzoures, Inc. Construction. "A lot of people are waiting for insurance money."

In Branford, realtor Greg Robbins scrambled to find a summer rental for a client because the place he usually rents still in disrepair.

"The house he typically rents is no longer there," said Robbins. "It was washed away."

Because of the recent cycle of harsh storms, Robbins told Eyewitness News there may be less interest in owning a rental property because it's becoming too expensive to own waterfront homes as second homes with restoration and insurance costs rises.

"It isn't advantageous for the homeowners to have these houses that they are renting by the week, really have to do the math and make sure that's going to work," Robbins said.

However, in Old Lyme where summer is quickly approaching, there is no lack of effort to try to be ready.

The iconic carousel is waiting for a new motor and workers on the Garvin family cottages are nailing down the final repairs.

"Oh yeah, we're going to have everything ready by May 18," Garvin said. "That's our goal."

At least four rentals are a complete loss on Hawk's Nest Beach.

Some of the owners said they are seeing lighter rental reservations because people seem worried about whether the repairs would be done in time.

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