The private gated community of Breezy Point is a haven in the summer.
Cool breezes blow in from the ocean, children ride bikes on private roads, and residents whose families have known each other for generations chat and trade gossip.
"It's the nicest place I've ever been," one person said.
It is also a community that endured suffering of almost biblical proportions, wracked by winds, floods, and fire during Hurricane Sandy.
Nearly six years later, about 90 percent of the homes have been rebuilt, many with help from the city's storm recovery program, Build It Back.
The neighborhood has seen so much progress that the board of directors who oversees the community voted to largely reinstate Breezy Point's "summer work rules" for this summer. The rules were suspended after Sandy in order to speed up the rebuilding.
The rules limit contracting work from July to September. Residents had wanted to bring back the moratorium, saying the constant construction work was taking a toll.
"People needed a little break from the noise," said Tom Fitzgerald of the Breezy Point co-op board. "But seriously, it's only like six more weeks until the summer ends."
But the decision has come at a cost for Kait Boyce and 54 other homeowners — technically shareholders in the Breezy Point cooperative. The rebuilding of their homes is not finished.
Boyce said her contractor had just six days of work left before she could move back in.
"Toilets need to be installed, the counter tops need to be installed, kitchen backsplash, some lighting fixtures," Boyce said.
The co-op's general manager told NY1 that the prohibition on constriction is not total; 10 to 12 contractors are being allowed in each day. That is a small number compared to the amount of work left to do. Boyce said the six days of work her home needs may not be completed until after Labor Day.
"We thought that we would be done by the end of July, possibly the beginning of August," Boyce said. "And now, maybe after the sixth anniversary of Sandy?"
About 4,000 people live in Breezy Point, all of whom suffered during Hurricane Sandy.
That's why many people NY1 spoke with said they empathize with those who have yet to return home.
"They work between 8 and 5, and they don't work on weekends," one woman said. "That's not a bad deal."
But that's not the deal the co-op board made this summer. The general manager told NY1 that the new work rules will stand.