BELMAR - Construction began Wednesday on the new Taylor Pavilion at the Belmar boardwalk, nearly three years after Superstorm Sandy destroyed it.

The pavilion has been controversial in Belmar. The project was previously shot down by voters because many felt the building was too elaborate for the area and that the cost was too great. Former Belmar Mayor Ken Pringle opposed the project.

Voters narrowly approved the new project last November. They essentially approved the bond ordinance to borrow $4.1 million to build the pavilion.

Current Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty says the building of the Taylor Pavilion is an important milestone in Sandy recovery.

Dot Taylor, the widow of former Belmar Mayor John Taylor whom the pavilion is named after, signed the first piling.