Long Branch Boardwalk Likely To Not Be Repaired In Time For Summer

Long Branch Mayor says fixing boardwalk is a priority


Long Branch's boardwalk south of Pier Village is one of the areas of the city that was hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy last month.

Huge sections of the boardwalk were washed away and others were severely damaged.

"The most visible damage was to the boardwalk," Long Branch Mayor Adam Schneider said in a recent interview.

Mayor Schneider said the city surveyed all damage done in the area with photos and video and will be putting in claims to FEMA to help pay for repairs.

"I think the biggest number will be the boardwalk," he said. "We are experienced with FEMA and we will definitely be putting in claims."

Mayor Schneider said the fixing the boardwalk is a "priority," but that he would be surprised if it could be fixed in time for Memorial Day and the start of the summer season.

"My commitment is that we will be ready for the summer season, but that doesn't mean that everything we had last year will be ready," he said. "We will definitely still have the concerts, the beaches and the Fourth of July celebration."

He said decisions must be made as to how much of the boardwalk will be replaced and what will replace it.

"We have to come up with a plan for the boardwalk, but we also don't know how much we will get from FEMA and when we will get it."

He said getting design specs, going through the bidding process and rebuilding the boardwalk could be a lenghty process and probably not one that could be done in time for summer.

Thomas A. Blasi November 19, 2012 at 05:26 PM
WHAT SANDY & THE NOR’EAST WILL COST YOU! Just when we thought that most of us survived one of the greatest catastrophes ever known, get ready for the next catastrophe; the financial catastrophe! At a time when the national deficit is at an all time high, the last thing we needed was a hurricane followed by a nor’easter. Just the damage to the power grid alone is estimated to be 50 billion dollars; and this does not include other utilities which took a hit. And it doesn’t include the cleanup here in New Jersey. FEMA will pick up 75% of the cost and the state and towns will pick up the other 25 percent but where will this money come from? Road repairs, individual lost revenues & incomes and losses to the state coffers must be made up and what about medical costs and costs for housing those unfortunate families whose homes were destroyed and businesses who were forced to close Cont'd below
Thomas A. Blasi November 19, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Cont'd from above their doors permanently? The cost could be mind-boggling, I would estimate that when the smoke; or in some cases water settles, it could be ONE TRILLION DOLLARS! Who will pay this cost? Why we will. My only hope is that the federal government in its infinite wisdom will provide each family in the states impacted with a stimulus check to offset these costs just the way George Bush did before he left office! But, of course this stimulus money too must be repaid by ‘we the tax payer.’ And finally another effect Sandy will have on New Jersey is loss of population, many individuals who were contemplating relocating prior to the storms will now reason, “This was the last straw, time to exit New Jersey, I’ve had it.”
RhondaVW November 20, 2012 at 01:50 AM
Our small non profit has been working on design and funding for the reconstruction of Ocean City's Boardwalk using sustainable materials. because boardwalks are relatively simple and scalable much of the engineering and design work already completed could easily be used in Long Branch. There are a few different designs to choose from depending on desired materials and the required weight capacity. Fabrication costs for a heavy duty design we have been looking at have dropped 30%= since we started working with the engineers. With a simple funding method 2013 is not out of the question. http://redoit.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/HCB-OCNJ-Proposal.pdf
DJGigs November 20, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Why not get the people that use the boardwalk the most to pay for it. Ask yourself the last time you as a long brancher or local has actually gone down to the boardwalk to walk on it ? In the morning if you CAN get there you have no place to park anymore. The bone head who purchased theOld Oceans20 also purchased Jakes Gym. Both are closed off and locked. The only people that use it are the Bennies Ttat come down during the summer time and act like they have the right to stop traffic on Ocean Avenue. So CHARGE THEM a Bennie Boardwalk use fee
Dominick Palermo November 20, 2012 at 09:21 PM
Lived here all my life ------- i still lifeguard at a local beach ----- i use the boards daily ---I am talking about using Federal money -Money that we would give away to foriegn nations that hate us -Use that 1 billion dollars that we gave to Libia to replace the boards in Long Branch


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