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PHOTOS: Construction Begins on Seaside's New Boardwalk

Crews are drilling the sand and inserting pilings 25 feet into the ground to support the resort town's new boardwalk.

Construction crews were out in Seaside Heights Friday morning for the first day of work rebuilding the shore town's popular boardwalk.

The first step of the process is drilling deep into the beach and inserting 25-foot long wooden pilings that will support the boardwalk. Officials hope the pilings, which are drilled 10 feet below sea level, will help keep the boardwalk intact during future storms.

Much of the boardwalk was destroyed during Hurricane Sandy. What was left was removed and hauled away, a necessary process prior to reconstruction of nearly the entire length of the boardwalk.

The entire boardwalk will require an estimated 1,500 pilings, according to Seaside Heights Administrator John Camera. A foreman on hand for the first day of construction said they've set a goal of installing 64 pilings a day.

Though the process of drilling and inserting a piling is relatively easy and takes just a few minutes, the job requires significant amounts of measuring and surveying to ensure that it's done properly. Crews must also be extra careful when digging near preexisting buildings so that they don't cause additional damage to their foundations.

The work hasn't been without its snags in the early going. Work was halted for about an hour Friday as the drill hit a water line causing water to spray our onto the beach and requiring borough Public Works employees to respond to turn it off.

Seaside Park is expecting the boardwalk reconstruction to be completed on or before May 10. In its $3.6 million contract with Millstone-based Sidd and Associates, the borough included a provision that work be completed by that deadline or else the company will face a $7,500-a-day fine for loss of anticipated revenues.

The boardwalk is the first of several jobs to restore the town's beach front and make it more attractive to visitors and safer during future storms. The total amount of boardwalk repair, which includes a possible boardwalk-length seawall, is expected to top out at around $8 million.

nyc electrician February 17, 2013 at 09:23 PM
billy jones " i was nice enough to lend a helping hand" of course for overtime type of pay. what an angel you are. do us all a favor and dont "lend us any helping hands" we cant afford you or hendrickson's generousity.
nyc electrician February 17, 2013 at 09:26 PM
i think billy jones was the guy who told me it would be $500 to cut a skinny branch that had broken on my tree which was just a few feet out of reach. he told me some b.s story too about how i was getting a great deal. i sent him on his way like the vulture he was.
barbara February 17, 2013 at 09:36 PM
well said, Proud!!!!!!!!! why not just lend a neighbor a helping hand? got to charge the "old goat" $37.50 an hr. omg.....I work full time, my home in toms river i rent to my kids was destroyed, i took in 3 homeless families, i also cook and bring my 93 year old neighbor food, cause God forbid her kids or grandkids ever try to help her. I don't charge her, it comes from the heart.......
Forked River Piney February 17, 2013 at 10:30 PM
and they would have even more money to help if not for Christie Gilmore and the OC Freedloaders if not for this "Towns that employed debris-removal contractors other than a state-hired Florida firm achieved savings that, when totaled, amount to millions of dollars of taxpayer money. Florida-based AshBritt Inc. charged towns $21.25 per cubic yard to gather roadside debris and bring it to a collection site within 15 miles. That was nearly double the $11.70 asking price of another Florida company, Bergeron, and other firms, records show
Forked River Piney February 17, 2013 at 10:38 PM
@ Donna G "Towns that employed debris-removal contractors other than a state-hired Florida firm achieved savings that, when totaled, amount to millions of dollars of taxpayer money. Florida-based AshBritt Inc. charged towns $21.25 per cubic yard to gather roadside debris and bring it to a collection site within 15 miles. That was nearly double the $11.70 asking price of another Florida company, Bergeron, and other firms, records show
clamdigger February 17, 2013 at 11:07 PM
to bill jones; according to your statement; " I offered my help, ripped out sheetrock and wet carpet for 2hours. When I asked him for a small fee of $75 he was outraged." so you offered to help, never mentioned money to the guy, worked for a couple hours, THEN told the guy you wanted $75.00...so here's the guy thinking your actually there to "HELP" him when in reality you're there to screw him for a quick $75.00, you're lucky you didn't do this to some of my older relatives 'cause they would have looked you in the eye, and said "OK, wait here, I'll get it for you" and would have come back w/ a bat to beat your sorry a$$. you're a sorry excuse for a man and the words hack and butcher come to mind for any "work" you might have done for the old timer.
clamdigger February 17, 2013 at 11:09 PM
the old timer doesn't owe Billy Boy nothing but a good butt kicking.
Donna Griffin February 17, 2013 at 11:57 PM
FRP -- And your point is that government is corrupt?!? That's not very enlightening. Unless we are serious about "change" and vote into office those candidates prepared to make significant cuts in spending all the while setting into place accountability standards, we will continue to gripe and throw our hands up in the air pretending to be outraged. Let's face it....Americans have become lousy citizens and the politicos and media like it that way. By voting for Democrat agendas or (as with the current Republican party) Democrat-Lite policies, we will continue on with the nepotism, immoral spending and self-interests that currently govern our town and our nation. Unless we demand better, we will continue to get the government we deserve.
Donna Griffin February 18, 2013 at 12:02 AM
clamdigger - Very eloquently stated. Unfortunately, you are dealing with a public that asks not what they can do for their country, but rather what their country can do for them. Let this FEMA debacle be a lesson to us all. And this is the same government that will be managing our healthcare....inefficient, ineffective and cornering the market in red tape.
Donna Griffin February 18, 2013 at 12:07 AM
barbara - Since your "son rents your home," it is considered your investment property/second home. No FEMA funds are available to those homes not owner occupied or primary residences.
barbara February 18, 2013 at 12:18 AM
thanks Donna, found that out. Even though we charge minimal rent, oh well, just sad that he could get no help as a renter thru FEMA. At first they told me he could, but they lied........whatever.......will get thru it.
barbara February 18, 2013 at 12:26 AM
well said, clam digger.......unbelievable he would charge his neighbor $37.50/hr in time of crisis and not even tell him.....makes my stomach turn.....such compassion, really.
A Resident February 18, 2013 at 01:53 AM
Just what I said....no one has condemned your home. YOU have some tough choices to make.
mike graziano February 18, 2013 at 02:07 AM
Will be more this year to pay for our rebuilding. But people love it...makes a good memory to be on the boardwalk
mike graziano February 18, 2013 at 02:08 AM
Would you work for free? Or sell your house for what someone offers you now?
barbara February 18, 2013 at 02:37 AM
would definigtely sell now if i got a decent offer, but not gonna happen
Tom Messina February 18, 2013 at 02:48 AM
Mike Graziano look up the definition of " lending a hand" . I think youre as confused as jones about what is work and what is help. You better believe if this was graziano's grand dad he would be screaming bloody murder at jones for taking advantage. Graziano there is a huge difference in the spectrum from free to $37.50 an hr. for that kind of dough he could have had 3 high school kids carrying out wet carpet or better yet unlike you it could have been done and logged under "doing the right thing" something graziano doesnt seem to have a grasp on. so mikey you would take advantage of a ww2 vet too? whatta guy. you do all italians proud. NOT
billy jones February 18, 2013 at 10:14 AM
Clamdigger I highly doubt a man missing 2 toes almost 90 and walks with a walker is kicking anyones butt. But thanks anyway. And for your information he told me before the job. "Don't worry I'll take care of you for your troubles". Last time I checked that would mean I will get paid for my hard work.
lacey voter February 18, 2013 at 11:38 AM
Billy, the story just gets better and better..Fortunately we have a methodist church in town that had volunteers doing this menial labor for free..Kept you from robbing more seniors. So keep typing. The story just gets more outlandish every time you post
Donna Griffin February 18, 2013 at 12:20 PM
Frank - Just one more thing....Pres. Obama has no problem forcing agendas (unconstitutionally down our throats) via executive order. He has bypassed Republican minorities in the Senate by a brush of the pen. Republicans are powerless at the national level, in part because they've done little to distinguish themselves from the Democrats. Face it, Obama owns the US' problems and to blame/credit anyone else for the condition of our nation is foolhardy.
1stcav February 18, 2013 at 12:26 PM
Thanks anyway but we Vets help each other and then others when all of the Vets are whole...such compassion for your fellow man. Hope YOU don't need a fellow man to attest for you when you meet your maker , be hard to find..anyone ! On All your head stone's it will read..Who cares !!!!!
Rick Rutan February 18, 2013 at 01:32 PM
Mr. Jones you make me sick.
suz February 18, 2013 at 02:04 PM
Wow, these comments just get better and better. I, for one, could never accept $$ from a neighbor for "helping out". I live in an adult community and always keep an eye on my more elderly neighbors NEVER expecting a dime. Its just the way I was raised...with compassion from very giving parents. I guess if you are not raised that way, you have no idea!
disgusted homeowner February 18, 2013 at 02:21 PM
@billy jones, god forbid you DONATE 2 hours of your precious time to help this elderly neighbor for free, as an act of goodwill. I helped a family in Belmar for 1 solid week strip the inside of their home of sheetrock, wet furniture, etc for FREE!!! I lugged so much wet stuff out to their curb till i was soaking wet. Just so they could start the drying out process quicker to avoid mold problems. They had 5 feet of water in their home from the storm. I was there helping the day after the water receeded. I would never want your help, you might hand me a BILL !!!!!
disgusted homeowner February 18, 2013 at 02:29 PM
Michael H. sounds like you're just one good christian too. I would never want to hire your business either. Just another rip off artist. "slap a lien for 2 hours work on this old man's home" Really, are you that greedy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hope you never need help in your lifetime.
George February 18, 2013 at 02:33 PM
That's hundreds of dollars from 1 poor sucker alone! I wonder if he'll report all his income to the IRS. Let's do it for him.
George February 18, 2013 at 02:34 PM
IRS pays a bounty for reporting that kind of thing.
jazzman February 19, 2013 at 04:48 AM
it really doesnt matter how deep you make them poles,how they`re fasten to them poles will determin their future ....maybe some steel girders, bolts and rivets
Bayville Mom February 28, 2013 at 01:09 AM
You tried to charge your elderly neighbor? REALLY?? STRANGERS(3 teenagers and 1 of their dads) + my in-laws and nephew came to my home and stripped sheet rock and flooring for 6 hours in suits and masks because my house was full of mold. They were all dripping with sweat when they left in the freezing cold. Not 1 of them had their hand out. You should be ashamed of yourself. ABSOLUTELY sickening!
MTBottle February 28, 2013 at 12:28 PM
And still love our future next President of the United States. I did vote for him and will do so any time he runs. Its time for all with their hands out to pull your little boy or little girl pants up and stop always looking for our taxpayer dollars to help you get by. Our taxpayer monies should be used for reconstruction of public properties, those owned by the town, state etc,where all citizens have access, as well as the inffrastructures that support our areas, roads, water, and the like.

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