of Belmar—including homes and businesses. It took nearly a week just to get
the water off the streets. Damage is estimated at $130 million.
Marty and Joyce Riccio, who oper-
ate the Saltwater Inn at 10th Avenue and
The Riccios are among
the entrepreneurs who are
helping put a new face on
Belmar. Two winters ago
they made a significant in-
vestment, purchasing and
renovating the inn—one of
three Belmar bed and break-
fasts refurbished pre-Sandy.
“I see tremendous po-
tential here,” says Riccio.
“Belmar is well on its way
to moving away from that
type town to becoming one
of the great Jersey Shore towns. The ma-
rina is great, the beach is great, the res-
taurants are great, and there are quite a
few decent places to stay now.”
AT JUST 1. 7 SQUARE MILES, Belmar is
awash in contrast—tensions, too. Owners
of the tony summer homes in the north
end of town occasionally clash with rent-
ers summering in the town’s more mod-
est section south of 10th Avenue. Gener-
ally, the issue is noise.
A PLEASING MIX: A three-story colonial stands side-by-side with a typical Belmar bungalow on Surf Avenue between 19th and 20th streets.
PHOTOS: COLIN ARCHER & MARC S TEINER/AGENC Y NEW JERSE Y