Belmar to spend $20M rebuilding wrecked boardwalk

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 3, 2012 at 7:39 pm •  Published: December 3, 2012
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Doherty said the boardwalk is essential not only to preserving a way of life in Belmar, but also to keeping small businesses open.

"Without tourism for even one summer, the businesses here will suffer tremendously," Doherty said. "It would be like working for a year but making no salary."

Marianne Piro said the boardwalk needs to be rebuilt.

"I've been here since I was a child, and my grandparents have been here since 1918," she said. "I walk this boardwalk. We need to have it here."

Belmar sent out a request for bids on Friday to companies interested in doing the work. The mayor said he hoped work could start by the end of the year, and predicted a new boardwalk will be in place before Memorial Day.

Doherty also said Belmar is looking into building a steel sea wall along the coast to help lessen the damage from future storms. It would consist of 4-foot-tall steel panels that would be plowed over with sand, and dunes planted atop them.

Both the sea wall and the higher beach badge fees will be voted on at a future meeting.

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Wayne Parry can be reached at http://twitter.com/WayneParryAC