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After Sandy, second homes in N.J. are left out

Plots of paradise now a nightmare for many

STAFFORD TOWNSHIP, N.J. — The Jersey shore’s vacation bungalows and cottages have for decades staked out little plots of paradise where families who scrimped and saved could while away summer evenings, parents having drinks on the deck and youths working at an ice cream stand or stealing a first kiss under a boardwalk.

Now, nearly a year after Hurricane Sandy blasted through, countless middle-class families whose tiny vacation homes were once the place to make precious memories are finding them to be a financial albatross.

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