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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Repairing the Atlantic Beach boardwalk
Photo by Matthew Libbey
Hurricane Sandy tore up the beach and the underpinnings of the boardwalk. Storm winds ripped the Tyvek wrapping on a wall of the Sunny Atlantic Beach Club.

Though not as long as or iconic as the Long Beach boardwalk, the half-mile boardwalk in Atlantic Beach built in 1928 is a landmark for residents of the barrier beach community that was established five years earlier.

The boardwalk sustained damage in Hurricane Sandy and remains closed as the village plans to repair it, according to Mayor Stephen Mahler. “It’s not totaled but there is serious damage to the underpinnings, the boardwalk stanchions, in several places,” he said. “The boardwalk wasn’t devastated like Long Beach.”

Mahler said the village is waiting to hear from the Federal Emergency Management Agency concerning the amount of money Atlantic Beach will receive to make storm-related repairs.

“The cost to repair the boardwalk is unclear but it will be open for the spring and summer,” Mahler said.

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