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Wide eyes took in the scene on West Front Street in Keyport Tuesday morning, as bayshore residents crunched over the carnage of their beloved local businesses and marinas.
The windows of Ye Cottage Inn were blown out and the building was left barely standing. Keyport Fishery still stood, but only as a flooded shell. Bob's Hot Dogs was crumpled to the ground, and the boats in Pedersen's Marina were toppled over.
A little closer to the normally calm Keyport Harbor is a pile of shingles, wood, and historic artifacts where the Keyport Historical Society's Steamboat Museum once stood. The public art project installed last summer, which consisted of large mosaics, were gone. Captain John's Fishing and Cruising Dock was missing.
Over near the Blue Rock Cafe in Aberdeen, the scene was not much better. A boat came to rest in front of Blue Rock. Several landed on the bridge and several others were beached in the marsh. About fifteen boats came to rest next to Route 35, slowing traffic on the highway as drivers gaped at the sight.
The Cliffwood Beach section of the township was also crushed by the roaring waters from Raritan Bay. Chunks of concrete that once formed the seawall were on people's driveways. Boats came ashore on residents' front lawns. Entire houses were destroyed by flooding and the roadway was caked with mud.