Sandy-damaged Ocean Grove boardwalk nearing completion after securing FEMA funding

All the pilings are down and the support

All the pilings are down and the support beams have been installed, and now the boards are now going down. (Credit: News 12 New Jersey)

OCEAN GROVE - Officials in Ocean Grove expect the newly reconstructed boardwalk to be completed by the Fourth of July.

All the pilings are down and the support beams have been installed, and now the boards are now going down.  

This comes after FEMA funding was finally secured after three appeals. 

"I definitely think it will make a huge difference," says Cheryl Gradone, of Ocean Grove. "People will be able to be safer and just it's a great thoroughfare between the cities, too. It will bring a lot of people together."

FEMA originally rejected the request for funding to repair the Sandy-damaged boardwalk.

The federal government viewed the land as privately owned by the Camp Meeting Association. The group appealed and finally won, arguing the boardwalk is open to the public.

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