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Pier Village Boardwalk Repairs Complete in Long Branch

Boardwalk now fully open to public

The boardwalk at Pier Village has been repaired and it is now fully accessible to the public.

Construction began on Jan. 17 and took a little over a month to complete.

Repairs includes concrete slope protection, railings, sand berm, landscaping and repair of the boardwalk's irrigation system.

The Long Branch Council awarded a $194,380 contract to K.B.D. Construction LLC for the work in January.

The Pier Village boardwalk was designed in a way that allowed the water to go underneath and then go back out to the ocean, so it was not as badly damaged as the boardwalk south of the Long Branch shopping center.

Those repairs will be much more costly for the city, but FEMA is also expected to pay for the work. Officials have said the cost to rebuild the boardwalk exactly as it was before Hurricane Sandy destroyed it would be $7.5 million.

FEMA will also pay the city 50 percent of that cost to rebuild the boardwalk in a more resilient fashion, which could include raising it, creating higher bluffs or adding a concrete barrier in front of it.

The Long Branch Council is expected to choose a new design for the boardwalk in the next few months.

Thomas A. Blasi March 10, 2013 at 06:10 PM
Yup, Pier Village is all ready for the Yuppies & bennies. Just bring your dollars & credit cards with you,
Kathleen Conley March 10, 2013 at 06:59 PM
I hear you, we who live here can not afford to go.
Addie G March 10, 2013 at 10:05 PM
Really for all the revenue pier village brings to long branch n help clean up the filth and crime that was there for yrs you would think lb people would be happy to see the change never mind that those same people pay for your school system
Thomas A. Blasi March 11, 2013 at 01:25 AM
So you’re telling me that the filth & crime is gone from Long Branch, what cave have you been living in? Are you implying that because of the generosity of Pier Village there are no drugs, shootings, rapes and molestations in Long Branch? I suggest that you read the local newspapers especially something called “The Police Blotter.”
Peter Koenig March 11, 2013 at 05:17 PM
Whatever one thinks of Pier Village, the taxes do not pay for LB's school system. Check out the sources of funding for the schools, and (within the portion of that revenue derived from local school property taxes) the percentage coming from Pier Village. Even with the taxes from Pier Village, LB still has an extremely high local school property tax rate and, generally, an extremely high property tax rate overall. If we continue to rely on local school property taxes - something I've long opposed - then non-residential development is essential.

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