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Vast majority of beaches ready for holiday weekend

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The unofficial start of summer is being met with not-so-perfect beach weather. Many beach communities had been hoping for good weather this Memorial Day weekend following the destruction caused by Superstorm Sandy.

Rain is in the forecast on Friday and Saturday. 

By Sunday, it's expected to clear up with highs around 70 for most of the Tristate. And on Monday, Memorial Day, forecasters are calling for sunny skies and highs in the 70s.

"The vast majority of New York beaches open tomorrow (Saturday). The Rockaways—they've been doing a lot of redevelopment there. The beach concession stands, bathrooms, the Rockaway Taco area all are up and running," said Sarah Bruning of Time Out New York.

Fort Tilden near Breezy Point in the Rockaways will remain closed throughout the summer and likely into next summer.

"Coney Island is looking really great. The only portion that is not quite ready is the southern end. Between West 22nd and West 24th is ready to go. They are bringing in temporary structures.  Nathan's opened on Friday," added Bruning.

Federal budgets cuts have forced the cancellation of Fleet Week in New York City.

In New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie cut a ribbon Friday to symbolically reopen the state's shore for the summer season, seven months after being devastated by Superstorm Sandy.

He appeared on national television to do the cutting in Seaside Heights.

The ribbon was five-miles long, stretching through parts of the northern barrier island in Ocean County.

Several New Jersey beach communities have annual beach ribbon cuttings, announcing they are back in business. But this year's ceremonies are more poignant seven months after a storm that did an estimated $37 billion of damage in the state.

"Sandy Hook is much better shape than anyone imagined. All the beaches have been reopened. Belmar is in great shape. They built an $8M boardwalk. There are temporary pavilions ready to serve beachgoers," said Ken Schlager, editor, NJ Monthly magazine.

Mantoloking remains devastated with the rubble of many destroyed homes yet to be removed. 

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