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Small Memorial Day crowds at NJ shore

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Everyone was hoping the entire weekend weather would be as nice as it was on Monday, but unfortunately, that wasn't the case. But there were crowds in Sea Bright, New Jersey and President Obama will be at the Jersey Shore on Tuesday in Asbury Park.

On the best weather day of the Memorial Day weekend, beaches in Sea Bright had smaller but loyal crowds.

"I don't think the Hurricane deterred us at all. The weather maybe, but we love it down here and we're going to keep coming back no matter if it's open or not – so we're supporting the shore," said Kristine Brunda of Sea Bright.

Some enjoying the beach say traffic was lighter than other years. They are happy to be back.

"It's sad to see really what it looks like around here. That they haven't built too much yet, but you know -- I guess it's coming along," said John LaFiso of Sea Bright.

Superstorm Sandy has dealt the summer season here at the Jersey Shore a significant blow. Many towns are still struggling to recover. Woody's Bar and Restaurant in Sea Bright had the money to rebuild in just three months.

Other businesses have not been as fortunate.

"I think everybody has realistic expectations as to what to expect. You know it's been a lot of work done in a short period of time and there's a lot of work ongoing and I think the summer's obviously going to be different," said Chris Wood, Woody's restaurant owner.

President Obama and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie tour parts of the shore Tuesday.   Business owners and beach goers hope the national spotlight helps give a boost the recovery.

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