A big part of the renewal of the New Jersey shore should take place shortly after New Year's Day. Complete reconstruction of the 16-block Seaside Heights boardwalk is expected to begin in January 2013, according to Mayor Bill Akers.
Akers said, according to Examiner, "We are going to have specifications put together for the rebuilding of the boardwalk, which we hope to have by the Dec. 5 council meeting.”
The Asbury Park Press reported that the public works superintendent of Seaside Heights and a Federal Emergency Management Agency official estimated the cost of rebuilding the boardwalk at $800,000 per block, or just under $13 million, according to Akers.
Akers said the northern end of the boardwalk was completely destroyed. According to Examiner, Akers said boards were ripped off the pilings in the northern end, while the underneath structure was battered by the hurricane for the length of the boardwalk.
The goal is to have the new boardwalk finished by Memorial Day. Akers has called tourism “the lifeblood” of Seaside Heights.
The community’s boardwalk was insured, and FEMA is expected to cover 75 percent of the repair expenses.
Governor Chris Christie indicated that employing engineered beaches and dune systems from Sandy Hook to Cape May to control flooding has to be a main priority for New Jersey.
Christie said, according to Independent, “In Seaside Park — with an engineered dune system — the damage to private property and businesses was minimal. You go to Seaside Heights, where there wasn’t a dune system, it’s complete devastation.”