Long Beach Gathers Opinions from Residents, Visitors on Boardwalk Rebuilding

Monday, February 18, 2013

The city of Long Beach, Long Island is collecting opinions from residents and visitors, as it moves forward with plans to rebuild its boardwalk. Officials say they’re hoping to replace at least part of the more than two-mile boardwalk, which was heavily damaged by Sandy, in time for the summer season.

“The boardwalk itself has always been the heart of Long Beach,” said City Council President Scott Mandel. “It’s something that draws people to our city, it’s something that people come to year round, summer and even during the winter months. It’s really just one of the more known landmarks on the South Shore.”

With the help of the group Sustainable Long Island, the city has held several focus group meetings, and is administering a survey, asking residents how they use the boardwalk, and how they’d like to see it rebuilt. Mandel said it’s an opportunity to explore many options that could modernize the boardwalk, and make it more durable in the face of other storms.

“Specifics range from people wanting wood, to people interested in exploring the idea of concrete or a combination of both, or some type of synthetic material like plastic in place of wood,” Mandel said.

Long Beach's boardwalk was damaged during Sandy. Officials hope to replace part of it by the summer.
Annmarie Fertoli/WNYC

Rebuilding the boardwalk is also important for the city’s vitality.

“The boardwalk is the main economic driver for the city of Long Beach,” said Amy Engel, executive director of Sustainable Long Island. “During the summer they get an average of 11,000 to 13,000 visitors per weekend. So to not have a boardwalk for the summer months would be very detrimental to the city.”

Residents and visitors can take the online survey at, until Tuesday. The results of the information gathering will be presented on Wednesday.


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Comments [4]

Niño from Long beach

I agree with Ed that the material should be similar to the memorial bench product. I am not an enginer but if we built the boardwalk 2feet higher with step downs to Allegria entrance would that not also protect against future storms?

Feb. 27 2013 05:12 PM
Ed from long beach,n.y.

It should be built with the same material as the Boardwalk's Memorial Benches are made from. It comes down to DURABILITY!!!!

Feb. 18 2013 06:44 PM

please, please, please no concrete boardwalk!!!!

Feb. 18 2013 04:09 PM
Barry Kemler

If the concrete skeletal stucture is sound, it could be the back bone of a solid protective seawall. Then you can replace the boards on top.
Long Beach Lifeguard 1973-1987

Feb. 18 2013 02:36 PM

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