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Re-posted from 2014. OG Boardwalk.

New Trex boards being installed at the Ocean Grove Middle Boardwalk project. June 10, 2014. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

New Trex boards being installed at the Ocean Grove Middle Boardwalk project. June 10, 2014. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

 

Close-up of Trex boards in the noon sun. They look like wood and they are not dark in color. The color varies with the light. Blogfinger photo ©

Close-up of Trex boards in the noon sun. They look like wood and they are not dark in color. The color varies with the light. Blogfinger photo © June 13, 2014.

 

A length of boardwalk under the noon sun. You can get an idea of color and brightness. Blogfinger photo June 13, near Main Ave.

A length of boardwalk under the noon sun. You can get an idea of color and brightness. Blogfinger photo June 13, 2014, near Main Ave.

 

 

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

In March, 2013, the rebuilding of the South End Boardwalk in Ocean Grove, New Jersey began. Blogfinger covered that story, and our article said,  “The final surface  (that we walk on) will be placed last, and a composite material will be used instead of wood.  This splinterless approach may upset some purists, but it is the most practical for safety, endurance and strength.”   So for those who are complaining now, they were not paying attention before.  This is old news.

The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association decided early after Sandy  to use Trex, the world’s leader in wood alternative materials. The Trex boards are made of 95% recyclable materials. They use plastic bags, sawdust and wood scraps. No trees are cut down for this industry which has been in existence since 1996.  It is a “green decision” to use this product.

The CMA chose a color that looks like wood, and after one year, that sample stretch of boardwalk at the South End has not warped, and not a single complaint was received by the CMA regarding this choice of materials. On the contrary, JP Gradone, COO of the CMA told us today that they have received many complements regarding the appearance (“sharp and clean”) of that area over by the beach badge office, near the fishing pier.

But Ocean Grove is not alone in this choice of planking.   Among the post-Sandy boardwalk reconstructions which have used Trex are Belmar, Sea Girt, Pt. Pleasant and  Atlantic Beach, NY.

Spring Lake also used a composite, but one made by TimberTech.   Only Asbury Park did their boards in wood. Bradley Beach did theirs with masonry pavers.

We spoke to Mr. Gradone today regarding the decision to use Trex, and he was enthused about the choice.  “Trex has a 25 year warranty, whereas wood boardwalks only last 7-10 years.” The composites, he said, don’t warp, rot, crack, splinter, fade or shrink.  Shrinking of wood causes screws to “pop.”  Trex resists staining, he said, and they are less slippery when wet.  No staining, sanding or other maintenance is needed.

Note that the infrastructure  beneath the Trex boards was constructed for strength with treated wood piles and beams using steel screws, bolts and brackets in addition to the preexisting bulkheads.

PAUL SIMON   from Songs From the Capeman:   “Quality.”

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This view is from just south of Seaview Ave. looking south past Atlantic Ave. to Surf Ave. where the boardwalk resumes. Paul Goldfinger photos © 5/26/18

 

This view is looking north at Surf Avenue. The unfinished part goes from here, past Atlantic,  to just short of Seaview. Blogfinger photo. ©

 

Saturday May 26. North end boardwalk near the A. Park border.  Gams ahead.    Blogfinger photo. ©   Click to enlarge.

 

 

ENGLEBERT HUMPERDINCK   “Didn’t We?”

“This time we almost made the pieces fit
Didn’t we?
This time we almost made some sense of it
Didn’t we?
This time I had the answer, right here in my hand
Then I touched it and it had turned to sand.”

 

 

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Looking south from Seaview to the Boardwalk Pavilion. Ocean Grove May 21, 2018. Blogfinger photo ©

On April 27, the OGCMA said, “Completion of the boards and the Pavilion are ‘on target’ for Memorial Day weekend.”

Today, May 21, we find many workers hustling, but there appears to be no way that this project will be finished for next weekend.  We spoke to a couple of workers who doubted that the unfinished boardwalk, still without Trex from the Pavilion to just south of Seaview Avenue, could be done in time.

Is it possible that a miracle could happen?  They smiled and said, “Yes.”

 

SEAN HAYES.  Soundtrack of Promises, Promises.

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Debris was being loaded into a dump truck this morning. Jean Bredin photo Blogfinger staff. © Jan 31, 2018.

 

PAOLO NUTINI AND THE PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND

 

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This is the boardwalk in August, 2015 in front of the White Whale.   No one knew that the piles and sand underneath would be unable to support the new boardwalk.  Blogfinger photo.  ©

This is the boardwalk in August, 2015 in front of the White Whale. No one knew that the piles and sand underneath would be unable to support the new boardwalk. Blogfinger photo. ©

The original cost of the North End boardwalk reconstruction was to be $622,739.00 to Bird Construction.  On March 14, the Township committee adopted a resolution  (change order #1)  which authorized an additional $72,942.58. Note that this project was supposed to be completed in March.

The problem is that flood waters from Sandy ran under the White Whale and washed out the sand and damaged the concrete piers which were supposed to support the new North End boardwalk under the asphalt at that northern location.

So now new piles are needed, and a new increase in cost ($55,000 for change order#2) brings the total cost up to $811,534.20.  Some of that funding is being provided by the CMA.  The latter change will be voted on at the April 11 Committee meeting

We thank Citizen Reporter R. S. for contributing to this report.

–Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.

 

DORIS DAY and DANNY THOMAS:

 

 

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North End boardwalk project as seen on April 3, 2016. Why so slow? © Moe De Click to enlarge. by Blogfinger staff photo. ©

North End boardwalk project as seen on April 3, 2016. Why so slow? © Moe Demby photo; Moe and Chico have been  busy boys.  Blogfinger staff.   Click to enlarge. by Blogfinger staff photo. ©

Chico is an investigative reporter with a nose for the news.  Moe Demby photo. 4/3/16  BF Photo News   ©

Chico is an investigative reporter with a nose for the news. Moe Demby photo. 4/3/16 BF Photo News ©

Soon we can square dance on that boardwalk.  Here is the “Arkansas Traveller.”

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Rotten supports under the Great White Whale. March 7, 2016. Jean Bredin photo Blogfinger staff ©

Rotten supports under the Great White Whale. March 7, 2016. Jean Bredin photo Blogfinger staff ©

 

 

Blogfinger special report.  March 7, 2016. By Paul Goldfinger, Editor  and Jack Bredin, researcher @Blogfinger.

The big white building on the beach at the North End is called the Pavilion by some and the Homestead Building by others.

We call it the Great White Whale.  This past summer Randy Bishop announced that the building would contain 4 stories in the future including condominiums, an auditorium and a banquet hall.  Later he disavowed that announcement.

There have been concerns about that building in terms of whether such a usage would be legal.  Construction on New Jersey beaches is under the watchful eyes of the State DEP, and only recreational uses are allowed.

You may recall that the back of the restaurant collapsed after Sandy, and some wondered about the adequacy of the re-built portion.  New construction standards have been developed for shore buildings post Sandy.  FEMA is paying for the current North End boardwalk project, but no one that we know has seen the plans as submitted to FEMA.

The new North End Boardwalk was supposed to be widened to 35 feet in front of the Whale during the boardwalk reconstruction going on now. You will recall that macadam had been used temporarily and that wood rather than Trex is planned for some portions of the North End boardwalk because of NERP uncertainties at this time.

Recently we reported that work had stopped at the North End boardwalk.. We don’t know what happened since then, but today we are informed that work has stopped again because the underlying supports under that building are rotted, and the integrity of the building is in question.

Engineers have to evaluate the situation, but so far there are no public announcements and no details.   This condition has already raised serious concerns about the future of the Great White Whale. The State will undoubtedly be looking at this, and probably also FEMA.  Who is responsible for this sloppy mess?

 

LINKS TO PRIOR POSTS ABOUT THE WHALE.

https://blogfinger.net/2015/08/28/short-shorts-from-the-north-end-redevelopment-zone-north-end-boardwalk-work-to-begin-soon-but/

https://blogfinger.net/2015/06/17/the-tale-of-the-great-white-whale-on-the-og-boardwalk/

DEL McCOURY with the PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND  “Careless Love.”

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Fudge on the boardwalk. By Mike Kalish. Special to Blogfinger. ©

Fudge on the boardwalk. Mike (l) and Frank Glaser.  Photo by Mike Kalish. Special to Blogfinger. ©

 

Hi Paul,

My wife and I spent the day walking the boards yesterday. Had a conversation with Frank Glaser and his son Mike in front of the north end building. Frank is a retired accountant who always had a passion for making fudge. As soon as the boardwalk work is done he’ll be opening a fudge shop “OH FUDGE”. All made on site with fresh ingredients.

He’s hiring the Grover guy who we see playing keyboard with the calliope sound for tips in the Casino building to play in front of his store this summer.

His son Mike will sell sub sandwiches to go.

Mike

ROY ORBISON:

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Feb. 22, 2016. No one working on a Monday morning. Blogfinger photograph. ©

What construction?    Feb. 22, 2016. No one working on a Monday morning. North End boardwalk project.  Blogfinger photograph. ©  Click to make the driven piles bigger.

BETTE MIDLER  from her album   “It’s the Girls.”

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Ocean Grove boardwalk being ripped up at the North End. Paul Goldfinger photo © Jan. 15, 2016. Blogfinger.net

Ocean Grove boardwalk being ripped up at the North End. Paul Goldfinger photo © Jan. 15, 2016. Blogfinger.net   Click to make the scene bigger.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.

Ripping up history is the antithesis of archaeology, but here is a destructive endeavor for a good cause.  Here is a happy sight, but perhaps with some nostalgia as well. It is an ambivalent sight of those old boards being ripped out after Sandy did her evil deed in October, 2012.  Maybe someone will reclaim those boards and make a trendy addition to a house in the Hamptons.  Asphalt will also be chopped up.

How many of you have walked on that North End boardwalk and have happy memories of it?  How many of you have sat on that nearby beach writing love letters in the sand while gazing up at the families and children and visitors biking, strolling, socializing or jogging by?

But in the end we will have a new Trex boardwalk there, except for the most northern part where cheap wood will be placed in anticipation of the implementation of the North End Redevelopment Plan; that planned monstrosity which  will crowd out some of the happiness over there.

However when the work on the boards is over in two months, things will pretty much be the same.

LEON REDBONE

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