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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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Eddie January 03, 2013 at 02:37 PM
Thanks for that valuable information, Joe. The MLK Website stresses that the group and its facilities are completely independent from and not funded in any way by the City. Why am I not surprised that they don't tell the truth? Oh yea, I forgot. They are expected to. Ripped out the commercial kitchen, sinks and toilets? Not too much brain power out there is seems.
joe January 03, 2013 at 02:44 PM
James Hodge (the boy wonder) is the brains behind the outfit, enough said !!!
Patrick Smith January 04, 2013 at 05:46 AM
love to run on boardwalk ,but avoiding all those nails, and had many trips on my face .(lol) maybe we can bring this up to 21 century standards best thing to come out of storm
Frankie G. January 04, 2013 at 08:48 PM
Excellent, Patrick. Something better than those splintery, uneven wooden slats - much as they tug at a beachcomber's heart! Wouldn't mind buying a few slats, if the price isn't ridiculous like what you pay for commemorative bench plaques (each costs more than synagogue simcha plaques!). Wonder where they can store the benches meantime?
lbpatriot January 05, 2013 at 01:20 PM
@joe It seems we almost agree. The bathroom fixtures were mostly removed. In the children's bathroom, the toilets still remain. The commercial kitchen was not torn out. Because it's commercial steel, it just needed to be cleaned properly and is usable. The bathroom fixtures in the children's bathroom remain. According to some of the experts I've spoken to, bathroom fixtures have been removed from everywhere that was compromised by the sewage and salt water. Much as in our homes, anything porous should be removed. Service pro had a contract with the City of Long Beach to do the remediation on the building. James may be a character and his motives may be questionable but his actions saved a community and continues to do so. The LB MLK Corporation does not pay rent to the City. They also are a non-profit. What's truly interesting is that James does not benefit financially from the non-profit. His ego may be fed by his actions and his actions may be a detriment to the center but the fact remains that no one else stepped up to organize any relief for his community.
lbpatriot January 05, 2013 at 02:39 PM
@Joe, We do seem to agree more than we differ in our thoughts. I did not neglect to say anything. The facts are: The kitchen at MLK is in tact. It was commercial grade steel and could be cleaned and reused. It is being used daily. Daycare items removed were same items removed from any other center that was under water. The removal of toilets and sinks is also recommended as it is porous. Please note that the toilets in the children's bathroom were not removed. (the City wouldn't take them out because the are too expensive to replace) Please also take note that the demolition was done by Service Pro - the same company dong the demolition in other LB City properties. The difference at the MLK Center is that they weren't given the same scope of work nor were they allowed to remove "like for like" items from MLK that they removed from Magnolia. It seems to me that a community is being punished because James Hodge isn't liked. Anyone who know James knows that he has an ego and a mouth. He also seems to be the only person willing to step up. The LB MLK Inc., is a non-profit organization. The City get funding from a variety of sources because they house the non-profit there. It benefits the City to house them. These are verifiable facts not opinions. Unfortunately, the City manages to "hide" the numbers in other income and can never seem to answer the source of certain funds when questioned. Check the City budget under state and local grants and income. It is not specific and no one has (to date) been able to explain where the money comes from or goes to.
Eddie January 05, 2013 at 04:22 PM
...." The removal of toilets and sinks is also recommended as it is porous...." You're not serious, are you? Vitrious china has to be removed if it comes into contact with salt water? Where in God's name did you get that one?
lbpatriot January 05, 2013 at 04:46 PM
Eddie, it is being removed from any place under water. If my information is incorrect regarding whether toilets should or should not have been removed, I stand corrected. That doesn't change the facts regarding Service pro doing removal under a City contract or the fact that there is no repair order for MLK. Nor does it change that the City collects funding because of the wxistance of the MLK Center.
Eddie January 05, 2013 at 04:55 PM
Thanks Patriot for the information. We've seen far too much good sound material being ripped out of buildings here on the beach with hopes that some FEMA fairy will replace it. Like the concrete foundations of the boardwalk perhaps?
John January 05, 2013 at 05:02 PM
@eddie - concrete foundations are staying.
Eddie January 05, 2013 at 05:11 PM
Thanks God! One great decision by the City. Woohoo!
John January 05, 2013 at 06:11 PM
were you there today, Eddie?
Eddie January 05, 2013 at 07:39 PM
Yes I was. While I love "warm and fuzzy," my interest is in the numbers and in the details. There was nothing for me there except some friends and pretty ladies. Maybe I wasn't paying close attention, but I missed the part about the engineering methods, return on investment and financing. I didn't even get how much extra it will cost me to replace an entire $25 million boardwalk that could be fully repaired for less than $3 million. Yes, I missed that part.
John January 05, 2013 at 07:51 PM
can you point me to the engineering and roi report about the $3 million replacement option?
Eddie January 05, 2013 at 08:08 PM
I'll point you to City Hall. Fifth floor. Anything else, sir?
John January 05, 2013 at 08:30 PM
nope. I've not seen nor heard of it except for from you, so was hoping for a bit more info. that's all.
Beachguy January 06, 2013 at 02:56 AM
Wildman-- WENCA is more of a chit chat group , the leadership of which is reluctant to take strong vocal stands for whatever reasons. This is the opportunity to turn adversity to advantage but TILB. Nothing will change. NADA
Beachguy January 06, 2013 at 02:58 AM
Good idea about rezoning West End BUT , and you know what's coming Wildman don't you? TILB. Nothing will change .NADA
Beachguy January 06, 2013 at 03:22 AM
What difference does it make how much a beach pass costs? A large number of people don't pay, there is little or no enforcement on the beach and the $20,000 that went missing is never mentioned . TAURUS-- TILB. Nothing will chage. snoopy for president.
Beachguy January 06, 2013 at 03:22 AM
What difference does it make how much a beach pass costs? A large number of people don't pay, there is little or no enforcement on the beach and the $20,000 that went missing is never mentioned . TAURUS-- TILB. Nothing will chage. snoopy for president.
Patrick Smith January 06, 2013 at 01:19 PM
Do they have a model or a plan for new board walk ,So we the people can see the plan and approve it
Beachguy January 06, 2013 at 11:38 PM
Model? Plan? LOL! Ha Ha ha ha!!! TILB. up the surfers. Snoopy for president
RhondaVW January 06, 2013 at 11:59 PM
@Patrick Smith Plan developed for our Boardwalk......http://redoit.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/HCB-NJ-Boardwalk-Design.png ..... that is applicable to Long Beach though it seems you are reusing your existing piling system and vehicle traffic is restricted.
Patrick Smith January 07, 2013 at 04:43 AM
beach guy where are all the surfers hanging out these days ,now that boardwalk is gone .they might have to get a job or therapy because they have no place to hangout all day looking at waves
Beachguy January 07, 2013 at 06:34 AM
Surfers rule. Snoopy for president. Go back to your crocheting and dominoes.
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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