By David Madden

BRIGANTINE, N.J. (CBS) — One of the shore towns in our area that took a beating from Hurricane Sandy has received a check from the federal government to help pay for the cleanup.

FEMA cut a check to the city of Brigantine for $1.6 million to cover the lion’s share of the cost of debris removal.

“We incurred about 2.1, 2.2 million dollars worth of costs,” said Emergency Management Director, Lieutenant Jim Bennett, “and FEMA’s share of it is 75 percent.”

Bennett says things are looking up for the shore town.

“If you were to drive through the city of Brigantine today,” he said, “other than seeing some homes being lifted and maybe a few that are still waiting for insurance money, you probably would have no idea that we suffered the level of devastation that we did.”

A beach fill project has been completed on the north end of town, and Bennett says they’re ready for the tourist season to come.