* This story was updated at 8:57 a.m. 10.24.13.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held for the grand reopening of the entire 2.2-mile boardwalk Friday, the City of Long Beach announced late Wednesday afternoon.
"On Friday, October 25, the city will be celebrating the official completion of your entire Long Beach Boardwalk," City Council President Scott Mandel said in a statement post on the city's website.
"As you may remember we had an unprecedented amount of public input through focus groups and surveys, and we ultimately rebuilt the stronger, smarter, safer boardwalk based on your feedback. So please join us on the boardwalk at Long Beach Blvd. at 3 p.m. this Friday, October 25 for a special grand reopening."
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As Patch reported earlier Wednesday, more sections
of the new Long Beach boardwalk, from Neptune to Monroe boulevards in the East
End, were reopened to the public within the past week, leaving the one-block section
between Monroe and Long Beach boulevards as the only area still closed to the
The city announced last week that the remaining sections would stay closed "as we work through larger punch list items and other safety issues," and that ceremony for the grand reopening of the full boardwalk was expected in “coming weeks.”
Patch learned from a public relations firm that works with the city, the Great Neck-based firm Zimmerman/Edelson, that the ceremony could possibly involve high-level state government officials.