“Long Beach last month selected a Farmingdale firm to handle the removal for $1.435 million. The work will likely take a month, officials said.
Meanwhile, the city is preparing a request for proposals from firms for the design of a new boardwalk. The request will be issued early this year, Mandel said.
[City Councilman, Scott] Mandel said the city hopes the new boardwalk will be in place by the summer. City officials have said it could cost $25 million.”
Read full article @ Newsday: Long Beach boardwalk demolition to start Saturday
I’ve said it once and will say it again: full credit goes to City Manager Jack and our City Council for acting so fast on this. Sorry folks, but the old boardwalk has to go… I hate to say it. I really do. I am going to miss the old wood a lot, but the sad reality is this: If we are to move forward, we need to do a full rebuild with better material. I will always be an advocate of harder wood and screws, but I know that’s not going to happen.
So that just leaves us with concrete and plastic. Let us just remember what a mess concrete has been for Coney Island: READ – Design Commission Keeps Concrete Away From Coney Island Boardwalk.
Just PLEASE pick a material that absorbs heat, is easy on the knees while jogging and isn’t too hot to walk barefoot on. Hey, hard wood sounds perfect!!