UNION BEACH, N.J. - Businesses in some of the hardest areas from Hurricane Sandy are struggling to reopen following the storm.
In Union Beach, New Jersey, more than half of the 50 businesses were either destroyed or severely damaged.
"You're hoping everybody can figure out how to get back on their feet... it's a struggle," says GiGi Liaguno-Dorr who opened Jakeabob's Bay Restaurant 14 years ago along the shore.
It was badly damaged in the storm and she's relocating it temporarily to another location.
Last summer Jakeabob's employed 75 workers. Liaguno-Dorr is hoping to reopen Super Bowl Sunday in the new place with a third of the work force.
She's been collecting old doors people have thrown out to remember the victims.
"We are memorializing and keeping everybody's address on the doors. We're going to restore them and make them into dining room tables," says Liaguno-Dorr.
She tells News/Talk WSB, while she would like to rebuild on the shore, she's discouraged after learning her mortgage must be paid off first with any insurance money she receives.
About a mile away Joe Hanily, owner of The Anchor Inn restaurant, is facing troubles of his own. He didn't have flood insurance on the 55-year-old business and is waiting on a loan from the Small Business Administration to repair the $200,000 in damage.
"A lot of people don't carry it. If you have a mortgage, they make you carry it. I don't have a mortgage, that's the even harder part (because) now I'm going to have a mortgage," he says.
For now, Hanily is working a little at a time on what he can afford to pay in repairs. He's hoping the SBA loan will come through by March.
Burrow officials in Union Beach are doing what they can to assist those like Liaguno-Dorr and Hanily knowing the town will struggle to survive with so many businesses and homes destroyed.