At the December 18th City Council meeting, one of the items on the agenda was the hiring of boardwalk removers:
With the proceedings, as reported by Newsday in an article titled Long Beach to begin demolition of damaged boardwalk:
“The city council on Tuesday selected a Farmingdale firm to do the job for $1.435 million. The cost of replacing the entire 2.2-mile boardwalk fronting the Atlantic Ocean is expected to be about $25 million, officials have said.
A city council resolution described the boardwalk — favored by morning joggers, midday walkers and weekend day-trippers — as “beloved and iconic,” but also “unsafe and no longer viable.”
“We’re looking at the boardwalk as a top priority,” City Manager Jack Schnirman said. “That’s why we expedited the demolition to start as soon as possible.”
Full article @ Newsday: Long Beach to begin demolition of damaged boardwalk
This is a great step towards boardwalk rebuild. I’m hearing people wonder why we can’t just repair the broken sections, but our boardwalk was due for a complete makeover anyway. This the only way to go. The sooner it’s gone, the sooner it can be rebuilt. Kudos to City Manager Jack Schnirman & City Council for acting so fast on this. Now what can we do with all this wood? Can we build something symbolic with it? Symbolic Benches? A symbolic gazebo? Symbolic picnic tables? I can’t think of anything else that can be made out of 2x4s… Any symbolic ideas?