Seaside Heights’ brand-new boardwalk will officially be finished Friday as the final plank is nailed into place just in time for summer.
The 16-block beachfront walk was destroyed by Superstorm Sandy’s storm surge in October 2012. The powerful storm’s winds, rain and waves ruined homes and businesses and caused a pier to collapse, sending a roller coaster crashing into the Atlantic Ocean.
The Ocean County resort completely rebuilt the boardwalk – driving new pilings into the sand and nailing down new planks – at a cost of $7 million. Officials say FEMA is covering most of the rebuilding cost. The project had been ongoing for several months, leading up to Friday’s event.
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New Jersey First Lady Mary Pat Christie will join local and county officials to oversee the finishing ceremony at 10 a.m.
Seaside Heights Mayor William Akers says so far this season, business is down about a third. He says that’s mostly because there are still homeowners and rental units that are still being rebuilt.
Mayor Akers says 8-out-of-10 boardwalk businesses affected by Superstorm Sandy will be open this summer.