In 2012 the second costliest hurricane in the history of the United States hit the Atlantic coast. That storm was Hurricane Sandy. With a wind span of 1,100 miles wide, Sandy racked up a hefty $75 billion dollars in damage. Even our Ocean County and Lakewood community was not spared. One casualty in particular was the Cooper Environmental Center at Cattus Island County Park. All of us at Pine Belt Chevrolet are great fans of the Center and the Park.
A Park Centerpiece
Located on 530 acres of unspoiled trails and beach along Barnegat Bay, The Cooper Environmental Center was the centerpiece to the Cattus Island County Park. Multitudes of visitors enjoyed the park each year with interactive displays of native wildlife and vegetation as well as live reptiles and fish to see. That is, until Sandy flooded over a foot of water into the core of the Cooper Center.
Now Built to Last
The Cooper Environmental Center has been closed since October 29, 2012 as Ocean County officials determined how to rebuild the center. Instead of the costly tearing down and raising of a new building, the Cooper Environmental Center was instead fortified to make it resistant to any future storms that could hit the area.
The walls were reinforced with new siding designed to block any possibility of water damage that could turn to mold. The floors were changed to epoxy-based materials and heating and cooling units were raised to a higher level.
Reopened to the Public
More than four years after the destruction, the work is done and the Center has reopened to its anxiously awaited public from both near and far.
While in the Area
While you are in the area visiting Cattus Island County Park and the #CooperEnvironmentalCenter, consider visiting your favorite of car dealerships in NJ and your number one of Chevrolet dealers NJ, Pine Belt Chevrolet and make a full day of it. We have an incredible inventory of new and certified pre-owned vehicles for your summer adventuring. Also, check out our website www.pinebeltchevrolet.com.
Pine Belt Chevrolet
88 Ocean Ave
Lakewood, NJ 08701