The prospect of replacing expensive beachfront structures every decade or less, depending on the whims of nature, can no longer be followed. It is vital that hereafter the possibility and even probability of devastating storms be taken in to account before capital is invested along the beachfront. But the only protection against this hazard is to plan now to erect all new structures far enough from the surf reasonably to insure them against destruction. - Asbury Park Press editorial, 1944.
|Tucker's Island circa 1920s|
Tuckerton Historical Society
Sportsmen from Philadelphia took stagecoaches to Tuckerton and then sailed across Little Egg Harbor to this earliest of New Jersey resorts.
|19th Century chart of Short Beach. Tucker's Island had not|
yet been formed by wave action cutting it off from the
rest of Long Beach Island.
|The lighthouse at Tucker's Island falls into the sea |
during a storm in 1927.
The period from around 1914 to 1933 was especially difficult for residents along the Jersey Shore:
A hurricane destroyed most of the homes in Sea Bright in what was then described by a local paper as a storm that "ended, for all practical purposes, a way of life."
A hurricane carried 1/3 of Longport's land (from 1st to 11th Avenue) south where it piled up in Ocean City. After the storm, Longport built a seawall at the cost of $1,100,000 ($22,390,000 in 2011 dollars).
The Pennsylvania Railroad bridge across Barnegat Bay was submerged with 18" of water and the carcasses of boats and vessels from north of the bridge that were ripped from their moorings and had drifted south in the storm tide and winds covered the bridge from one end to the other.
Point Pleasant's Leighton Hotel, the largest int town, was undermined and collapsed as "high seas, 1,000 feet in length, rolled through the inlet and back for two blocks." 
A storm described by a Philadelphia newspaper as "wreaking such monstrous damage as to exceed any similar catastrophe in the last half century"  slammed into the Jersey Shore.
National Guardsman in Morris County helped local residents pile up sandbags to prevent a dam from bursting and flooding the town of Denville.
In Hammonton, well inland, trees were denuded by the winds, and in Philadelphia the Schuykill river rose over twenty feet above flood stage.
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While the resort on Tucker's Island was able to thrive for a time, it began to decline after the railroad was completed to Beach Haven. Even though the resort fell out of favor, the little town remained inhabited and the lighthouse operated until it finally fell into the sea.
The 1927 storm destroyed all of the structures on the island and in 1950 the island slipped beneath the waves for the final time. Today, Tucker's Island can be seen at times of low-tide. Prior to Hurricane Sandy it was believed that Tucker's Island would eventually emerge from the water and become a stable landmass again. In the aftermath of Sandy, that remains to be seen.
 H. C. Woolman and T. F. Rose, Historical and Biographical Atlas of the New Jersey Coast (Philadelphia: Woolman and Rose, 1878), 46.
 Harold F. Wilson, The Jersey Shore, 3 vols. (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Co., 1953), 425.
 Larry Savadove and Margaret Thomas Buchholz, Great Storms of the Jersey Shore, (Down the Shore Publishing, 1993), 39