After Hurricane Sandy, I said I was not going to post pictures of the destruction. Unfortunately, due to the recent turn of events, though I thought that I could, I realize I cannot do this on my own…
For those of you who do not know The Boondocks, it is a little slice of heaven! It took me 48 years to open this little shack on a dock. It is not much, but to me it is the world! It is my family. We have celebrated birthdays, anniversaries, births and yes, even deaths here. It is a place to sit back, relax, and enjoy life as the world goes by. Whether it be wearing silly “lobster ears” or eating lobster with your hands, it is a place for fun and fun times; Where sharing a table means meeting new friends.
Before Sandy we thought we had taken every precaution. We removed all the refrigeration and stored it at higher ground. The fryers, oven, griddles, and everything else were removed and stored in the Marina garages. The garages have weathered every storm for close to a century, with the worst of them getting only 2 inches of water inside. We thought we were safe.
We were not. Sandy was different. Boondocks’ kitchen was flooded with over 5 feet of water. Sandy destroyed everything that was left inside: cash registers, stereos, satellite receivers, the camera system… everything. Our 500 lb. ice machine was blown right off the deck and into the river. Doors were ripped off of their hinges, with the doors and the river smashing everything inside. The garages also had 5 feet of water inside, destroying not only the walk-in box, but our storage room as well, where we had stored everything from soup warmers, dry goods and utensils to patio heaters. RE:pictures above in gallery.
When the water retreated, we were left with a toxic sludge of mud, gasoline and oil contaminating everything. We threw everything out! Sandy gave us no choice.
Following the storm, like most people, we were in a daze. Only now is the reality settling in. FEMA does not assist businesses. My insurance does not cover flood and I have now been denied a reconstruction loan from the SBA.
I want the laughter to continue, to be able to rebuild Boondocks, to have those warm summer nights along the river with you, my friends, my customers, my family.
Let’s be happy again! Lets eat Lobster!!!!
Please donate whatever you can and I hope the "perks" are a fun thank you. Also, everyone who donates to the Boondocks rebuilding will be invited to a special opening party!