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Demolition Begins on Long Beach Boardwalk

Work crews started to dismantle and demolish the boardwalk at New York Avenue Thursday morning. Credit: Joseph Kellard
Work crews started to dismantle and demolish the boardwalk at New York Avenue Thursday morning. Credit: Joseph Kellard
Story by Joseph Kellard

The demolition of the Long Beach boardwalk started on Thursday morning at New York Avenue, the western end of the structure that was originally built in 1908.

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Work crews started to disassemble the guardrails and the more than 700 benches that line the 2.2-mile boardwalk.

Sections of the boardwalk were destroyed during Hurricane Sandy in October, and in December the City Council awarded a bid to Thomas Novelli Contracting, a Farmingdale firm, to do the job for $1.435 million.

Lifelong Long Beach resident and Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg was on hand Thursday to watch the demolition begin.

“It’s a real pain in the heart,” Weisenberg said as he watched the demolition begin. “It brings tears to your eyes to see it go. It’s a symbol of our beautiful city.”

Weisenberg said that the demolition should take about 30 days and will cost $1.5 million. He said the benches, all of which feature memorial plaques, will be stored for safekeeping and restored when the city builds a new boardwalk.

Weisenberg said that the hope is to rebuild a new boardwalk by June, but he said that the City of Long Beach must still work out that issue.  

“We definitely want a new boardwalk built by the summer,” Weisenberg said.

Meanwhile, the annual Long Beach Polar Bear Splash that is held at Riverside Boulevard beach each Super Bowl Sunday will be relocated when it is held on Feb. 3, the assemblyman said. The alternate location is Grand Boulevard beach, where by that time the boardwalk will be demolished as demolition crews work their way eastward.

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RhondaVW January 03, 2013 at 02:53 PM
Hi Eddie, I get your point. It seems difficult. But pavers in disney go for $250 I believe. Jenette's Pier in Nags Head was recently funded in part by named boards in the $250 to $500 range. Memorial benches in OCNJ and OCMD go for $1000 + and Belmar NJ is pricing their boards up to $5000. A Buy a Board program would be aimed at those people and businesses who want to directly support and be a part of a new Long Beach Boardwalk and would tap into the generosity of boardwalk users outside the LB tax base. How much would a company pay to have their name like this on the boardwalk for the next 10 years? http://tinyurl.com/BoardwalkNames I would argue that $500 would be cheap advertising compared to the alternatives and would be much better than taxing people who may not even use the Boardwalk. RVW
Eddie January 03, 2013 at 03:11 PM
Rhonda, it's a great idea. But first you'll have to elect someone to the City Council who will communicate with the residents and be even remotely interested in seeking funds other than tax levies. And that opportunity won't come up until November.
Tonto Hertzberg January 03, 2013 at 03:44 PM
I bought a board already..........its called taxes............Put the damn boardwalk up and dont expect me to pay for it
Joseph Kellard (Editor) January 03, 2013 at 04:06 PM
Hey Eddie: Can you please email me: josephk@patch.com.
BSM January 03, 2013 at 07:05 PM
While I like the buy a board idea, I hate the thought that the boardwalk would become a giant billboard! I read Belmar was pricing from $25 to $500. That is withing the realm of manageable for many people. It wouldn't pay the whole cost, but it would be a significant help.
RhondaVW January 03, 2013 at 07:51 PM
Hello BSM. I understand the billboard fear but you wouldn't have to cover the whole boardwalk to make a difference. Consider a 500' stretch of boardwalk, if you take just the center 12' (750 2x8's) and sell 6 names per board you have 4500 names to sell. At $200 per name that's $1.350,000 per 500' of BW. At $500 it's $2,250,000. You can play with the size, price, and number of names to suit your needs. And you wouldn't really care how long it took to sell them - and eventually they would all sell - as you would be paying for a structure that would last 100+ years and could conceivably be used as a see wall to prevent future flooding. If you paste the following link in your browser you can see a conceptual structure. ..... http://tinyurl.com/HCB-Boardwalk
paul.d.spellman January 03, 2013 at 07:55 PM
Rhonda, Great Idea. Can I get my name on it now and I will pay for it when I get my flood insurance check? Will it be tax deductible?
RhondaVW January 03, 2013 at 08:10 PM
Hi PDS, Of course, just check the "never pay" box when you order. :) I gather the good people of LB are also waiting for the insurance companies to get off their wallets? But hopefully it will be tourists buying the bulk of the boards so you might not have to worry about it. As for tax deductability I'm sure LB could figure that out.
jimmy walsh January 03, 2013 at 08:31 PM
any word on the rec. or are Jack and the rest of the city hall trying to scheme FEMA
Eddie January 03, 2013 at 09:29 PM
If these lightweights are trying to beat FEMA at their own game, they have no idea with whom they are dealing.
Hamburger January 03, 2013 at 09:31 PM
How about we get rid of the albatross ice rink and turn it into a full- on family center? ((sorry to all you ice people, but I am thinking about it from the greater good is all
joe January 03, 2013 at 09:55 PM
While our Recreation director was coordinating the distribution center for a month after the hurricane the management of Chelsea Piers ( a 28 acre indoor sports complex in NYC) were tending to their facility. Result: Chelsea Pier which was covered by 5 feet of water during the hurricane opened on Dec. 1st and we are at least a month from opening our 2 room cardio and weight room operation.
Tonto Hertzberg January 03, 2013 at 11:49 PM
You better hope the back stabbing bastards that run Congress do what is morally right and return to us the tax dollars paid over these many years. I voted GOP almost straight down the line up until 2012. On November 4, 2012 I voted straight Dem because I KNEW those redneck f**kers running Congress hated me and hated organized labor. If you voted for those scumbags AFTER Sandy then you must feel like a fool. Me? I might be getting f**ked but at least i didnt f**k myself.
Eddie January 04, 2013 at 08:12 AM
The Village of Freeport put out several calls to the Long Beach Recreation Department. They want to arrange to permit Long Beach residents' use of their facilities free of charge. Long Beach never returned their calls. Freeport's comment: What kind of people do you have down there running that place?
henry January 04, 2013 at 08:51 AM
Set up an EZ-pass at each entrance ramp. You could mount one on your handlebar or baseball cap (for those on foot).
Brendan January 04, 2013 at 09:20 AM
Eddie, I believe the answer to the question of " What kind of people do you have down there running that place?" is simple. We employ an elite squad. The Champions of Malfeasance, Eddie. They've trained long and hard to be this bad.
Brendan January 04, 2013 at 09:21 AM
Oh, and many of the Champions of Malfeasance are people like Wildman Snyder, members of organized labor. Unions are a great shield for those who like to avoid working competently.
joe January 04, 2013 at 11:16 AM
The only ongoing Senior programs have been coordinated by a volunteer. She has arranged teachers and is using various non-city run facilities. This volunteer,Linda Haber, is in constant communication with our seniors via email and phone. The paid staff continues to sit around a Magnolia Center doing little or nothing. Not a concern has been shown by the Director as she vacations in Florida. Several low level employees have been told to apply for unemployment while the higher paid and full time employees spend most of the day sitting around waiting for direction. Where is our fiscal watchdog Schnirman ? Mlk Center -no programs, West End Center-no programs Magnolia Center-no programs.
paul.d.spellman January 04, 2013 at 11:33 AM
Joe, Why such a disposition, our city is working hard on programs that everyone in the city can partake in, come down tomorrow to Grand Blvd as our leaders present a "ceremonial event to commemorate the beginning of the iconic landmark’s demolition process". Then you will see the employees of our city earn their money (or at least get paid)
Kt Carroll January 04, 2013 at 12:24 PM
Eddie and Rhonda - what a great conversation!! Recycling the boardwalk not only gives us the opportunity to invest back in the community but also in our own lives and homes. As we rebuild - what better way but with the support of Long Beach boardwalk planks that have been there to support us (pun intended). I would rather donate $ for planks for my raised garden, than purchase from a big name home improvement store.
Just a Resident January 04, 2013 at 03:17 PM
Ooooo! I have a good idea for an add on to the ceremony! Let's all start a class action law suit against the idiots who decided against the Army Corps of Engineers project. You know ... friends of the surfers from out of town and friends of those who live along the boardwalk and didn't want to lose their view of the ocean.
Hamburger January 04, 2013 at 04:14 PM
now that is a good idea!
Mike January 04, 2013 at 07:41 PM
After reviewing several You Tube videos and photos on Stamped Concrete and seeing firsthand how new technology and materials held up to Superstrom Sandy, I would have to agree with John McLaughlin that Stamped concrete is the way to go. It may not be what we are used to but as John says it will last for generation, it requires very little maintenance and we will get used to it. See links to videos http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsPWb4qJxkQ https://www.google.com/search?q=stamped+concrete+boardwalk&hl=en&tbo=u&rlz=1T4GGNI_enUS491US491&tbm=isch&source=univ&sa=X&ei=VXbnUM_cA8rN0AH414HoAQ&ved=0CD0QsAQ&biw=1280&bih=588 Mike Egan
Tonto Hertzberg January 04, 2013 at 10:59 PM
Paul: When you get to the ceremony tomorrow maybe you can get a list of the 67 Congress persons that voted NO to funding the Flood Insurance Program. ALL 67 were Republicans.
tcatrainer January 04, 2013 at 11:00 PM
Kt carroll: they were talking about selling new boards ala http://www.milliondollarhomepage.com/ style. Recycling is a good idea, but I am assume the existing boardwalk boards are treated after placement or are some kind of CCA pressure treated wood which you would not want to use for a raised bed. The wood would be good for building a deck. But obviously there are some sections where the wood is older. As stated above the demolition has already been voted on and bid awarded. Impersonally scavenged some boardwalk pieces lying in the streeet in the days after the storm to build a temporary garage door wall as mine was knocked in.
Patrick Smith January 06, 2013 at 01:37 PM
Harvey Weisenberg said we,ll have a boardwalk by summer LMFAO Harvey,what planet are you from ALBANY ,The way you people operate ,more like 2014
Tonto Hertzberg January 06, 2013 at 03:24 PM
Question: I will buy a new, replacement baked potato for Harvey's speedo if he can help get that done! At least Harvey does not have to make excuses. His party voted 100% to pay us what we are OWED by Flood Insurance.
Nancy Mc. January 07, 2013 at 02:48 PM
In the days after the storm Fran Adelson and other members of the council allegedly had city workers do work on their homes for free and on city time at taxpayer expense. These workers should have been out helping the residents but instead they were directed to do freebies for our elected representatives! They also allegedly got FEMA generators installed at their homes. This should be investigated.
Hamburger January 08, 2013 at 12:58 PM
not sure i believe that
delete me January 09, 2013 at 09:46 AM
BOBBY that is completely FALSE. You are spreading a lie.

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