“It needs to be approved by the Environmental Conservation Department before it can be put back on the beach,” Schnirman said about the sand.
The city must also undertake a beach replenishment project, he said, and city officials are already starting to talk about that project with various levels of government.
The boardwalk suffered significant damage overall, but that the eastern half of the structure was particularly hard hit, the city manager reported.
“At the eastern half of the boardwalk there was catastrophic destruction, and in the west there was very severe damage,” Schnirman said.
He emphasized that
it is premature to say precisely how and when the boardwalk should be rehabilitated,
but that that goal is to build it better than it was before.
“We’re working with our insurance folks, FEMA, with all kinds of engineers to have a conversation about putting together a plan - short, medium and long-term – and about what kind of progress can we see for next season, and what kind of boardwalk do we want,” he said. “We know we have to build it back strong, smarter and safer.” Be a Follower. Explore and subscribe to Patch groups.