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Sea Girt rebuilding Sandy-wrecked boardwalk

Thursday - 1/31/2013, 11:01am  ET

WAYNE PARRY
Associated Press

SEA GIRT, N.J. (AP) -- Sea Girt is joining the parade of Jersey shore towns who are rebuilding boardwalks destroyed by Superstorm Sandy.

The Monmouth County beach town that once was home to New York Giants and Jets coach Bill Parcells plans to start work next week on the first phase of a boardwalk reconstruction. Mayor Ken Farrell said the work could cost between $1.65 million and $1.75 million.

Residents have clearly missed being able to walk on the boardwalk.

"I put on 10 pounds since it's been gone," said resident Bill O'Brien. "It's part of the reason people come here."

A local joggers' club recently sent a check for $500 to borough hall to help pay for a new boardwalk.

"It's the heart and soul of this town," added resident Nancy Nolan.

The borough council awarded a $30,000 contract Wednesday night to remove the remnants of the old boardwalk that was splintered, twisted and shattered by the Oct. 29 storm.

The new boardwalk, like the old one, will be made of synthetic planks, with sturdy tie-down straps anchoring them to the foundation.

The first phase of the work, covering part of the
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