Superstorm Sandy: Proud Region Of 'Working Stiffs' In The Lurch

By Tom Davis
Jersey Shore Editor

This is where the elite once lived, their picture windows giving them a fresh view of every fallen wave, splashing lightly on the sands that were close enough for them to marvel at.

But on those Mantoloking beaches and elsewhere - where Superstorm Sandy turned those same multimillion homes into curbside woodpiles - those waves rarely, if ever, came close enough to worry about.

This is the home of commuters, the working stiffs, the souls whose families moved from the north back in the 1950s and 60s, paying on the cheap to live in a Beach Haven West bungalow with no winter insulation or flood insurance to worry, or care about. (See for photos.)