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City Council Awards Bid to Demolish Boardwalk

The eastern end of the boardwalk, at Neptune Boulevard.
The eastern end of the boardwalk, at Neptune Boulevard.
The Long Beach City Council voted Tuesday to award a contract to a construction firm to raze and dispose of the Sandy-battered boardwalk.

According to Newsday, the city council selected a Farmingdale firm to do the job for $1.435 million. The cost of replacing the entire 2.2-mile boardwalk fronting the Atlantic Ocean is expected to be about $25 million, officials have said.

Overall repairs to the city have been quoted at $200 million.

Thomas Novelli Contracting was the lowest of three bidders for the removal project, according to documents filed at City Hall. The work includes removing all wooden pieces, railings, lighting and ramps, the documents state.

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The boardwalk suffered significant damage overall, but that the eastern half of the structure was particularly hard hit, City Manager Jack Schnirman told Patch.

Schnirman also stated five weeks ago that the city expects the beach to reopen next summer.

The work on the boardwalk is expected to start soon.

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Editor's Note: This story has been updated and corrected at 9:54 a.m. on Dec. 21. The project is to demolish and dispose of the boardwalk, not rebuild it.
Hamburger December 20, 2012 at 01:16 PM
tear down that shiz
water guy December 20, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Ken you would have better luck selling the nails for scrap
Tonto Hertzberg December 20, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Set up a yard at Long Beach Road and the boardwalk................pile the stuff up there..............have a guy there selling the stuff............My bet is they would sell a very big amount of stuff.
paul.d.spellman December 20, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Jaime, The city council authorized the City Manager to enter into a contract with Thomas Novelli Contracting, Inc.,Farmingdale, New York for the "removal and disposal" of the City’s Boardwalk, at a cost of $1,435,000.00. The reconstruction/replacement of the boardwalk will be subject to a separate proposal process, as well as a (IMO) contentious discussion on the materials and design.
Amy Rapoport December 20, 2012 at 01:52 PM
To rebuild the board walk the same way it has always been seems like a mistake. How will the boards be attached, not nail I hope, screws do a better job and last longer. A section of boardwalk built in NJ last year was built as a test section to withstand hurricanes, it worked. It was the only section of the boardwalk that is still standing.
Amy Rapoport December 20, 2012 at 02:04 PM
The NJ town was Belmar see attached. http://media.kjonline.com/images/300*212/Superstorm+Boardwalks_Acco.jpg
Neutron December 20, 2012 at 02:11 PM
The story is wrong. What was voted on and approved was a contract for the removal and disposal of the boardwalk. There is nothing in the resolution about rebuilding it. Read for yourself: Resolution Authorizing the City Manager to Enter into a Contract for the Removal and Disposal of the City’s Boardwalk with the Lowest Responsible Bidder. WHEREAS, as a result of Superstorm Sandy, the City’s beloved and iconic boardwalk was damaged beyond repair and the existing structure is unsafe and no longer viable; and WHEREAS, after due advertisement therefore, three bids were received in the Office of the Commissioner of Public Works on December 14, 2012for the removal and disposal of the City’s Boardwalk, to include the removal of all wood components, railings, lighting, ramps, and the memorial benches which will be housed by the City until the new boardwalk is rebuilt at which time they will be reset on the boardwalk; and WHEREAS, Thomas Novelli Contracting, Inc., 41 Sarah Drive, Farmingdale, New York 11735 was the lowest responsible bidder at a cost of $1,435,000.00 NOW, THEREFORE, be it RESOLVED, by the City Council of the City of Long Beach, New York that the City Manager be and he hereby is authorized to enter into a contract with Thomas Novelli Contracting, Inc., 41 Sarah Drive, Farmingdale, New York 11735 for theremoval and disposal of the City’s Boardwalk, at a cost of $1,435,000.00. Funds are available in Account No. P1000.54440 (Sandy FEMA-Contracted Services).
water guy December 20, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Neutron, thank you as you are correct, is seems the patch is not doing its home work these days and to be frank I love the patch, so Joe do not get upset no disrespect to you or your staff. So anyone have any idea on what will be done, will this summer be without a boardwalk? I think as a grown up and a tax paying resident of this great city
water guy December 20, 2012 at 03:20 PM
we have the right to know the truth, will the boardwalk be here for the summer? Ken you are very hung up on blaming surf rider for the flooding, how about thanking them for saving your house from getting 25 feet of sand in it,that is if you live here.
water guy December 20, 2012 at 03:21 PM
And not meant as any disrespect .....you have the right to your opinion I am just doing the same, hell you might even be 100% correct.
Tideline December 20, 2012 at 11:49 PM
It does not sounds like to be that there will be a B Walk summer 2013. They may be finished demoing the old B walk by then, I doubt there will be a replacement in time. I would love to be proven wrong here. Could someone explain to me who Thomas Novelli is friends with or a relative of and whether he is a Democrat or donor to that party or its affiliates. Thank You.
Trying to Make Sense December 21, 2012 at 08:14 AM
25 feet of sand Elliot? Yeah Surfrider knows what the Army Corps doesn't... Enough. Reveal your credentials Elliot, What degrees have you got that allow you to make such evaluations? Your personal interests are quite clear... of course, no disrespect. But do respect the complexity of the issues this city must grapple with going forward. Doing so means understanding that your "opinion" is not as valuable as those of the experts who have received advanced degrees in coastal engineering and related disciplines.
water guy December 21, 2012 at 08:51 AM
Making Sense, there you go running your mouth without reading my post, I clearly said I am NOT AN EXPERT nor do I know the answer I only posted my opinion , my personal interest are no different than yours, to protect our community as best we can.You should read before attacking. As for the ACOE I hold the utmost respect for them as they do have the degrees I do not and the knowledge and the understanding of situations like protecting us.BTW Mr hiding behind a screen name why attack me? for my opinion, hell this is America and I have a right to my opinion like it or not its my right just like you have that right. And yes I own a surfing school here in Long Beach and so what you think I only care about the waves, come on now, I care about the safety of everyone living here more than the surfing so now that I have given you a little insight about my opinion what is your? would like to know as this post I find interesting and enjoyable to read , from everyone.
water guy December 21, 2012 at 08:57 AM
OH and MS was only kidding when I said thanking them for the 25 feet of sand, lighten up.
E December 21, 2012 at 09:10 AM
Keep it civil there 'sense. Be a good citizen and go watch this before you post again. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ds_60VeeDds
E December 21, 2012 at 09:21 AM
Not finishing the basement makes perfect sense. I'll never understand why people keep refinishing the spaces they *know* will flood and storing things in below-grade garages 1/2 block from the ocean. Do they forget about the water? As we rebuild our bungalow I'm asking myself the question "How will a flood affect this?" at every corner. So far I'm looking at a high-mounting all the mechanicals and power panels, GFCI breakers, waterproof conduit in the walls, steel studs wherever possible, cork or tile flooring. Trying to convince the Mrs. that "wood look" tile is beautiful, etc. The idea is I know I can't stop it from coming in but I will do everything I can to make it as irrelevant as possible when it does.
water guy December 21, 2012 at 09:37 AM
How about boilers on the floor, thank goodness I installed a new high eff wall hung unit many years ago, best money I spent and it paid for itself in only a few years with the savings on my gas bill...the only thing that got ruined was the small $50 condensate pump.
paul.d.spellman December 21, 2012 at 09:38 AM
E, How will you waterproof the receptacles and their connection to the waterproof conduit? What added benefit in a flood would GFCI breakers be? If the protected receptacles get submerged you still need to replace them and if the panel does get submerged(I know it will be up higher), rather than replacing a $3-4 (20A) breaker you know have an added cost of ~$30 per breaker. IMO your money would better spent on a gen ready panel and if a flood is imminent turn off the panel.
Jaime Sumersille December 21, 2012 at 09:55 AM
Editor's Note: This story has been updated and corrected at 9:54 a.m. on Dec. 21. The project is to demolish and dispose of the boardwalk, not rebuild it.
Henry N. December 21, 2012 at 10:17 AM
Wouldn't it make sense to have cement on the boardwalk instead of wood? Would be much faster and would cost much less. This is what they do in Coney Island.
E December 21, 2012 at 10:33 AM
I see your point on the outlets Paul. The only solution there seems to be putting outlets up high but that'll be real difficult to get past the Mrs. :) They do sell nifty $40/ea pop-out receptacles that aren't as ugly but they're $40/ea and just as ugly when you plug something in. http://www.legrand.us/adorne/select/outlets/arptr151gw2.aspx#.UNSAS29cx5I In the end I'll probably wind up doing some combination like mounting some circuits up high and sacrificing others in a flood. Thanks for the clue about the gen-ready panel. I have to replace the one I have anyway so may as well go for that.
E December 21, 2012 at 10:35 AM
Henry, I understand runners prefer wood. :)
water guy December 21, 2012 at 10:39 AM
Just make sure the gen is placed on high ground, above the water line we had from the storm.
water guy December 21, 2012 at 10:39 AM
Jaime, any time line to remove the old boardwalk?
paul.d.spellman December 21, 2012 at 11:15 AM
Elliot, They can't get the story correct on the generalities of remove/replace/rebuild and you want specifics?
Neutron December 21, 2012 at 01:28 PM
If I understood what Commissioner LaCarrubba (Public Works) said at the City Council meeting earlier this week, once work commences the contractor is required to have the Boardwalk removed and the material carted away in 30 days.
E December 21, 2012 at 03:16 PM
-- And the ark is to be ready 40 days after that.
paul.d.spellman December 21, 2012 at 03:20 PM
We could have used the ark 50 days ago....
water guy December 22, 2012 at 07:01 AM
Paul how stupid of me, since the storm my mind just is not working the way it used to, I thought some sort of contract would have been in place and specifics would be public info, then again I forgot its long beach. when are they starting ?in June, ok only kidding my friends, I am sure the project will go 100% perfect. And the contractor who will rebuild it will be saying"that old wood was fine thats why we reused it..lol.. again ONLY KIDDING.
Robert Ryan December 25, 2012 at 06:59 PM
I'm sure the feds are going to rebuild the boardwalk....

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