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Boardwalk Demolition Ceremony Set for Saturday

The post-Sandy boardwalk at Lincoln Boulevard. (Credit: Joseph Kellard)
The post-Sandy boardwalk at Lincoln Boulevard. (Credit: Joseph Kellard)

The demolition of the Long Beach boardwalk, the iconic structure that sustained extensive damage during Hurricane Sandy in October, will start as a ceremonial event this weekend.

The ceremony is at Grand Boulevard boardwalk at 11 a.m. on Jan. 5, according to an announcement posted on the City of Long Beach’s website Monday. “All are invited to join the City of the Long Beach as we say goodbye to an old friend, the Long Beach Boardwalk,” the announcement reads.

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Earlier this month, the City Council voted to award the Farmingdale-based construction firm, Thomas Novelli Contracting, a $1.4 million contract to demolish and dispose the Sandy-battered boardwalk. The reconstruction of the 2.2-mile structure along the Atlantic Ocean is estimated to cost about $25 million.

Gordon Tepper, a city spokesman, told Patch that the work to demolish the entire boardwalk will begin Saturday. “It will take some time to complete, but that's day one,” he said. 

The original Long Beach boardwalk  was built by developer William Reynolds, a former state senator, in 1908. Long Beach historian Roberta Fiore said that Reynolds had elephants march down to the barrier island from his amusement park, Dreamland, in Coney Island, as a publicity stunt to promote the boardwalk. 

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Beachguy January 07, 2013 at 07:02 AM
Patrick how do you know surfers hang out all day looking at waves unless you're hanging out all day looking at surfers? Do they turn you on?
Gloria G January 07, 2013 at 08:19 AM
Can we please keep this forum for constructive comments. The surfers I know are all professionals or college students Lets get back to the subject. The boardwalk.
Beachguy January 07, 2013 at 08:36 AM
Gloria- some posters only want to provoke, rile things up and that's how they get their jollies. Serious thought is hard work for them. After the misery we have all been through they still insist on attacking surfers, hockey players, Snoopy etc., rather than Joining together to try to push the inept, bewildered City pols into doing the right thing to get LB improved, back to a semblance of normal and protected for the future.
Patrick Smith January 07, 2013 at 08:37 AM
i.m a retired gay surfer, it,s a gay sport .beachgay sorry beach guy
water guy January 07, 2013 at 10:10 AM
LOL about the surfers, as I am one to, I lived here 60 years, worked my butt off, raised my family here, my grand kids and a little FYI, surfing is a sport that like most others ,are done by good people, so next time you want to blame surfers, call them names remember this city is full of us, we care, we pay our taxes like you and we work, own homes and abide to the law just like most of you..... And yes before you all start name calling, I do own a surfing school here, I am like any other biz, pay my share of taxes, employ local kids and own a home here.

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