Long Branch boardwalk work won't be completed in time for 2014 summer season
LONG BRANCH - The City of Long Branch will be getting $14.5 million to repair its Sandy-damaged beach and boardwalk, but the work here won't be done in time for the summer.
The boardwalk on the south end of Long Branch remains barricaded off, with access stairs still missing in some parts.
The federal funding will cover the costs for demolition, decking, railing and lighting destroyed.
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Monmouth University student Erin Kelly says the work should have been done sooner. "It definitely puts a damper on the businesses and just the atmosphere of Pier Village pretty much," she says.
Long Branch is one of the few communities at the Jersey Shore that waited for federal funding to come in before making repairs after Sandy.
The area of the city most affected by the superstorm is just south of Pier Village.