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Manhattan Beach Residents Still Recovering From Sandy Hope To See Beaches Open Memorial Day

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Residents of Manhattan Beach are still slowly recovering from Hurricane Sandy, but there is one thing to look forward to -- beaches will be up and running for Memorial Day. NY1's Michael Herzenberg filed the following report.

Annie Szuwala and her family want spring to bloom in full around their home.

"Everything is dry. Most of the shrubs, everybody lost a lot of the shrubs, trees. So Manhattan Beach is not Manhattan beach anymore -- it's not that pretty," resident Annie Szuwala said. "Hopefully, slowly, we'll go back there."

She says, more importantly, she lost her whole basement to Hurricane Sandy.

About 1,200 homes stand in Manhattan Beach. The community lies between Sheepshead Bay and the Rockaway inlet.

Residents say many, if not all, of the basements took in several feet of Sandy's flood water.

"We still have not recovered yet but slowly, because of money wise, we are doing it very slowly," Szuwala said. "Insurance is not really helping, so out of pocket takes a long time."

The Szuwala family continues to fight over insurance claims.

The homeowner who lives here expects her insurance to pay her out in full. But many in this relatively affluent community have had the means to jump start the recovery process.

Still, some houses like these along the beach remain uninhabited. Closed signs warn people not to trespass along the public beach where laborers work to fix it up and clean it up in time for summer.

"There's no access to the beach, there's limited access to the parks. But we're hoping that the New York City Parks Department and the state can get this thing moving along," Edmond Dweck of the Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association said.

The chair of Brooklyn Community Board 15 confirmed the Parks Department will have all their beaches open on Memorial Day except for Plum Beach, which is undergoing unrelated construction.

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