SPRING LAKE, N.J. (AP) - With Hurricane Irene hitting so close to the end of summer, towns that depend on tourism are terrified the tourists will simply call it a season and stay away from the beach houses, restaurants, bars and souvenir shops that are the lifeblood of these communities.
Beach towns that lost boardwalks or large chunks of their beaches worry about empty sands - and hotel rooms - during the crucial Labor Day weekend.
And elected officials and public works crews are working furiously to get the resorts back into shape, hoping that if you fix it, they will come.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie urged people to visit the shore, predicting they'll find bargains.