There is nothing left of Brick, N.J.'s Camp Osborn neighborhood a year after Sandy -– just like there was nothing left a day after Sandy. If the shoreline was restored, the demolition of the burned-out homes of a mix of seasonal and year-round residents was about as much the Camp got out of the effort over the past 52 weeks. There are rumors circulating about the future, from condos to villa-style homes, from townhouses to single-family residences on a portion of the neighborhood that has been sold by its longtime owner, Bob Osborn, but Brick Mayor Stephen C. Acropolis said this week that no plans have been formally submitted to the township.
It's a waiting game. And a particularly sad one at that, as families wonder if they'll ever be able to wake up every day to the sound of the ocean, send their children out to play with their friends without much to worry about, or maintain friendships that many times, were started generations earlier. Resident after resident, over the past year, has said their neighborhood was extra special –- different from the mainland, and different from the rest of the barrier island throughout its century-old history in the annals of Brick Township lore.
For now, there are just memories, and the friendly, tight-knit group of longtime residents are always eager to share them with each other and anyone who wants to listen.