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City to Repair Boardwalk Seven Days a Week

New initiative announced to refurbish popped, broken and missing boards and ramps.


The City of Long Beach announced this week a seven-days-a-week boardwalk repair initiative in which work crews will fix faulty boards and ramps and paint bathrooms.

Crews will work each day from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. scanning the boardwalk for popped, broken and missing boards, and the city has established a new email address, boardwalk@longbeachny.org, where residents can email reports about the condition of the boardwalk, which will be relayed to Jim LaCarrubba, commissioner of Public Works, “so problem areas can be examined and addressed as quickly as possible,” according to a city press release.

The release states that this new initiative comes at the directive of the City Council, Public Works Department and Beach Maintenance Division, who “have adjusted work schedules, from now through September, to accommodate seven-day-a-week boardwalk repair.” Council President Fran Adelson stated: “We recognize the importance of taking a proactive approach, and that’s why we’ve launched this program.”

When the city announcement the initiative on its Facebook page, some readers asked if there would be overtime costs involved in the project. In reply, the city repeated a sentence from its release: “The schedule adjustment is of no extra cost to taxpayers as there will be no overtime work.”

In response to photos of workers repairing the boardwalk that the city posted on its Facebook page, resident Stacey Gross wrote on Monday: “Went for my first bike ride of the season today. The ride was horrible. The boardwalk is so broken up, esp. at the east end and this was just the bike lane. It was disappointing.”

Boardwalk refurbishment was a top issue during last year’s election for City Council, and a Boardwalk Party was established and placed on the ballot.

Prior to the election, Len Torres, a Democrat who ran for reelection on the Boardwalk Party ticket, offered two proposals to rebuild the boardwalk: a “share-a-highway” concept, in which business outside of Long Beach invest in the boardwalk’s revitalization, and donations from private foundations, including art, music, environmental and educational organizations.

Councilman John McLaughlin, a Republican whose seat was no up for reelection last year, said that the main problem with the boardwalk is that the wood underneath the top boards has become too porous to hold nails or screws for repairs.

Noting that the wood must be replaced approximately every seven years, McLaughlin proposed a concrete boardwalk that he said has a 70-year lifespan without maintenance. “For my money, this is the way to go,” said McLaughlin, who proposed that a new boardwalk should be put up as a bond referendum at approximately $25 million.

In May 2009, the City Council passed a $110 million capital improvement plan that included a proposed $5.9 million overhaul of the 2.2-mile boardwalk. To pay for the project, the city planned to use $5 million of non-city funding from federal and state sources, and finance the remaining $900,000.

Mary Ellen Pollina April 20, 2012 at 01:02 AM
Sooooo excited and happy to see the work being done on the Boardwalk and especially now before the real beach season begins. Please don't consider cement. Maybe a strip for emergency vehicles but don't make a cementwalk.
Lori April 20, 2012 at 02:21 AM
larry - this is the case now but the beach maintenance supervisor has a proposed 10k raise for the next budget year - so maybe, with the help of the new public works commissioner - they will be able to 'design' a more efficient system.
ally K April 20, 2012 at 10:29 AM
Maybe police and others could stop driving on the boardwalk. I would never park my car on my front deck.
WHITE MAMBA April 20, 2012 at 11:06 AM
I would like to thank DPW COMMISSIONER A.K.A. THE BEACH MAINTENANCE WHISPERER! He was able to REPAIR the boardwalk done without any overtime. The former PE could not accomplish that task. WE DONT NEED NO STINKIN LISCENSE!!! WAY TO GO JIM LARASCUBA!
ally K April 20, 2012 at 11:47 AM
Beach Maintenance Whisperer... that's funny.
paul.d.spellman April 20, 2012 at 12:26 PM
I have a question. (Shocking isn't it.) Is this article about the crews fixing the (what should be) errant loose board or are will the be rehabbing sections of the boardwalk?
JP Ashcroft April 20, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Pine is inherently soft and doesn't hold up well over long periods. Maybe today's Pine is just way to soft, been farmed to quickly. They tell us that screwing the boards down won't work but have they ever tried an experimental section to test out the theory? Changing woods might be a solution too. Can we find a more dense wood that can be screwed down? Also, we've got to keep the cars and trucks off the boards. I'm just saying.........
JP Ashcroft April 20, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Do we really need a "7 day a week" crew to watch the boardwalk? It seems a little excessive. Don't lose the focus of the rest of the issuses.
mo sully April 20, 2012 at 02:06 PM
let fran know where the real bad spots are so she can sue the city again for another 40k
mo sully April 20, 2012 at 02:08 PM
7 days a week with no OT please how does that work im sure that weekends have a form of differental pay which will lead to higher pensions another play on words by our city council
Eddie April 20, 2012 at 04:30 PM
The City Engineer cannot supervise, oversee or inspect the boardwalk repair work that is structural in nature. Unlike his predecessors for the past 90 years, he is not a licensed engineer, but a political hack with ZERO experience. So the City will have to hire a qualified engineer to sign off on any structural work at our expense while the HACK warms his chair in City Hall. Nice $1850 tax increase to pay these bums, eh?
Eddie April 20, 2012 at 04:32 PM
I'm sure they are just using different crews with different relief days. They can do it without overtime costs if they make an effort. Since they pay those guys spit, it really doesn't matter anyway. It's just the fraudulent hack running the department who is costing $84.00 per hour.
Eddie April 20, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Several years ago, Theofan suggested using ipe, which is similar to teak and is used in Coney Island and Rockaway. It lasts 50 years. Environmentalist kooks cried, so the City went back to treated yellow pine, which has about a 25 year life.
Eddie April 20, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Yep, that guy is really out there, isn't he? You voted for him. WOnder who dresses him in the morning.
Ron Burgundy April 20, 2012 at 07:59 PM
That is funny mamba. My question is why couldnt this have been done all along? The new DPW guy is the best hire so far!
Love This City April 21, 2012 at 01:37 AM
I could not figure out why when I was walking past city hall today the grass was overgrown in most spots and was not cut. The general appearance of city hall plaza and city hall is really not good when you consider we have some of the highest taxes in the state and soon to be even higher. It was so bad I decided to walk through the "new" LIRR parking garage and up the steps and into the LIRR station. I had never done so and was curious what someone who parked at the LIRR and walked up the steps and into the actual station would experience. Let's just say the crakced concrete, the urine, and the lack of any maintenance schedule is shocking and for such a young new parking garage and stairwells in really bad shape. So if this is how we look now with full staff, cannot be that much worse if we have to cut some of these very overworked employees. After reading this article now I know where the crews are working..... Go past city hall tomorrow, walk around the plaza, walk to the parking garage and to the LIRR and see for yourself, it appears like our city does not and can not even keep the city clean....
JohnnyH April 21, 2012 at 01:48 AM
Hey ally K ,,,If "YOU" had an emergency on the beach would it then be OKAY if they drove on the boards,,,,I'm sure you would piss and moan if they did right?? Stay on you deck where your safe!!!
Eddie April 21, 2012 at 01:51 AM
It is quite amazing that with $4,500,000 in new spending and dozens of new managers, the Democrats can't even cut the grass around City Hall. They should be ashamed.
Candygram for Mongo April 21, 2012 at 01:59 AM
To be fair, The "new spending" was part of an initial budget blueprint, no? (i.e. not new available funds) Or is that wrong
Eddie April 21, 2012 at 02:18 AM
From what I've read, the "new spending" is money the new administration is spending this year over and above what the old administration spent last year. Why save or cut spending when you can simply increase taxes?
Disgusted Homeowner April 21, 2012 at 03:28 AM
Its not what you screw down or if you screw or nail down, like JM said it's what you screw in to. IPE , pine, whatever. The foundation joists will not hold a screw or nail. I'm sure CSEA workers get shift differential for week end work. No credit to LaCarrubba. Jack said make a show, he makes a show. Your right about the parking garage. BTW they want to pay Police commissioner 10K than Ray Kelly in NYC? Is that true?
Laura April 21, 2012 at 04:01 AM
What exactly is looking better? Im up there running every day and havent seen any work done since this article was written.. Believe me, I'd love to actually see it done though! Maybe they will actually follow through with this campaign promise for once
Laura April 21, 2012 at 04:05 AM
Please share, because I run the boardwalk daily-- where is the difference? I looked this evening while running and noticed nothing new at all
Tideline April 21, 2012 at 11:29 AM
I like to stop and watch as the Police Cars drive by and behind them all the boards are popping up. Take notice sometime. Johnny, no one is saying that in an emergency no one should drive on the Boardwalk. Only you are saying that.
Tideline April 21, 2012 at 11:31 AM
JP, take a look at your own deck, or someone elses sometimes. Care to bet that all the baords are SCREWED into place. Gee, I wonder why that is that all guys who lay decking use Galvanized screws and the City uses nails ?
Tideline April 21, 2012 at 11:35 AM
Rich, of course of the structural wood is shot, it should be replaced. Does anyone who has experience laying decking really beleive that nails are superior to screws ? I doubt they are getting 25 years out of the Pine. Maybe the Pine would last longer, if it was not being driven on a daily basis. Do you think the heavy vehicle traffic could be effecting the Service life of the structural wood as well ?
Patrick Smith April 21, 2012 at 12:07 PM
To you 12th century num nuts in city hall ,join the modern age and put in a none twisting none warping , all weather board system ,i run on boardwalk and have to keep watching out for nails,warped boards, holes,we can get a enviromentaly composit board to suit our boardwalk . our infrastructure is at a third world level and our brains at city hall is the same .
Tideline April 21, 2012 at 12:18 PM
I said, the last time we discussed this months ago, that a Plastic/Composite decking was the way to go. I have a hard time beleiving that in a Corrosive/Salt air environment, with vehicle traffic driving over soft Pine, that they are getting 25 year Service life out of the Pine. I am throwing the BS flag on that. Even if we compromise and make the Bike lane/Emergency vehicle lane Compositie and leave the wood for jogging, even that would be a step in the right direction.
rav April 23, 2012 at 04:14 PM
couldn't do it with all the great weather over the winter, now we have to be inconvenienced during great weather with lane closures and such....great timing.
I.D. April 25, 2012 at 01:29 AM
i was annoyed when i saw this REPAIR method. is this for real? after you ride your bike do you feel you need new kidneys?

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