Rebuilding the Boardwalk

Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty signs the first piling of the new boardwalk construction Wednesday in Belmar, N.J. Belmar began construction on a 1.3-mile boardwalk to replace the walkway destroyed by Superstorm Sandy in October. The goal is to have it done by May. Doherty says a new design, including the use of strong hurricane tie-down straps, will help anchor the new boardwalk to its support moorings. The town intended to rebuild the boardwalk with tropical rain forest wood but abandoned those plans Tuesday, saying it wanted to avoid a protracted legal battle with environmentalists. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty signs the first piling of the new boardwalk construction Wednesday in Belmar, N.J. Belmar began construction on a 1.3-mile boardwalk to replace the walkway destroyed by Superstorm Sandy in October. The goal is to have it done by May. Doherty says a new design, including the use of strong hurricane tie-down straps, will help anchor the new boardwalk to its support moorings. The town intended to rebuild the boardwalk with tropical rain forest wood but abandoned those plans Tuesday, saying it wanted to avoid a protracted legal battle with environmentalists. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)