Belmar Votes for $20 Million Boardwalk Rebuild
One of the Jersey shore's most popular beach towns is moving swiftly to rebuild its boardwalk that was destroyed by Superstorm Sandy.
Belmar approved a $20 million spending plan Monday night to pay for a new boardwalk, as well as some of the cost of cleaning up the ruins of the old one.
The Monmouth County community is also considering building a sea wall to help protect against future storms.
Mayor Matthew Doherty says Belmar will help pay for the work by increasing daily beach badge fees from $7 to $8, and seasonal fees from $50 to $55.
Both the sea wall and the higher beach badge fees will be voted on at a future meeting.
Most of the 1.4-mile boardwalk was destroyed in the storm.
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