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9/8/20. 8:30 am. OG boards. Paul Goldfinger photo. Notice the wet Trex boards with puddles.   Click to enlarge.

I went onto the boards at 8:30.  Everything was dry all around except for the boards which were diffusely wet with mild puddles   (see photo,)  and the entire surface was slippery.  The cyclist above was clinging to the edge.

The boards are made with Trex, a composite product.  Trex is made with plastic and wood, and it is not supposed to be slippery even when wet.   But  wet and slippery have been reported. Slippery is more likely if the patterned surface is installed on the bottom.

After about 45 minutes, the wet had pretty much dried, but during the wet and slippery phase I thought that a walker, runner or biker stood a risk of falling. I walked carefully.

I could not figure out how it got wet in the first place, and it definitely was slippery.  There had been no rain.

Here is a link to a post on BF about the use of Trex in Ocean Grove.

Trex in OG

LENNY WELCH:   “Since I Fell For You.”

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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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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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The boundary line between OG and Asbury is in front of that bench. Blogfinger photo. 8/25/15

The boundary line between OG and Asbury is between those two benches (see below). Blogfinger photo. 8/25/15 ©

This is where the new boardwalk will be 35 feet wide in front of the White Whale. 8/25/15. Blogfinger.net photos.

This is where the new boardwalk will be 35 feet wide in front of the White Whale. 8/25/15. Blogfinger.net photos.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

August 25, 2015.     GOOD NEWS posted today by J.P. Gradone, COO of the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association:

“I am pleased to announce that FEMA and NJDEP have approved our expansion of the North End boardwalk from 20’ wide to 30’ wide, and the expansion of the area in front of the Homestead building from 20’ to 35’. 

“As of last night, Neptune Township awarded the bid to Epic Management, Inc., which is the same company that installed the Middle Boardwalk last spring.  We plan to begin construction in early Fall with completion before the holidays.”

BLOGFINGER COMMENTARY:

FINE PRINT:

  1. There are three North End boardwalk plans: the one sent to FEMA, the one described in the 2008 NERP, and the one voted on last night, but there are differences between the NERP and last night’s plan in terms of width, elevations and easements.
  1. The Mayor (Mary Beth Jahn) and the Township Engineer (Leanne Hoffman) did not attend last night’s Committee meeting to explain why the approved plan is different from the official Committee plan (i.e. the North End Redevelopment Plan of 2008.) They should be identical.
  1. No one at the meeting last night including Blogfinger has ever seen the actual boardwalk plan which was submitted to FEMA by the CMA. The engineer who designed the FEMA boardwalk plan, Peter Avakian, was not present. He is the same engineer who designed the 2008 NERP, and his company designed the plan which was voted on last night.   He should have been at the meeting to answer technical questions. No one at the meeting showed diagrams of the plan to those in attendance or explained the technical details or handed out copies.    FEMA requires that any plan which they approve is followed assiduously by the Redeveloper. By the way, there is no official Redeveloper yet and no Redevelopers Agreement yet. Boardwalk work can begin under the supervision of the Committee.
  1. At last night’s meeting, Committeeman Randy Bishop said “The new boardwalk will have a bulkhead that will protect it from future storms.” But he gave no details.

TECHNICAL POINTS:

  1. The old boardwalk which is 30 feet wide north of the Pavilion will be patched, not replaced.
  1.  The section of the new “North End Boardwalk” that will be within the “Area in need of Redevelopment” and is now under the authority of the Township will begin at Sea View Avenue and go north to the Asbury Park boundary line which is about 45 feet north of the White Whale.
Boundary between OG and AP. Look carefully at the arrow. Blogfinger photo © 8/25/15.

Boundary line between OG and AP. Look carefully at the arrow where it says OG. Blogfinger photo © 8/25/15.  No one knows what the rest of the boardwalk (i.e. Asbury property) will look like as it extends to the Casino.

  1. Originally, the North End boardwalk was 60 feet wide in this section when the commercial area was built in 1910. The NERP calls for a 60 foot boardwalk, but we are going to get 30 feet now on the OG side, except as noted by Mr. Gradone.
  1. Easements will have to be revealed because there will be pipes under the boardwalk for electric, water, gas,etc to reach the White Whale or its replacement, and access easements on top must be revealed for future garbage pickup, deliveries, trucks, etc. Elevations are important to be disclosed because there are new 100 year federal flood recommendations after Sandy. The new boardwalk must align with all adjacent elements.
  1. Note that Wesley Lake goes under that north end boardwalk, so we suggest that the Wesley Lake Commission be part of these discussions.

SPECULATION: (Blogfinger is making some educated guesses:)

  1. No underground garage will be built. Instead they will build an above-ground garage–at least two stories high.
  1. These new boardwalk specs might not work when the final North End plans appear, and the $600,000 FEMA North End boardwalk might have to be torn up.
  1. Perhaps the single family homes will get lost in the condo shuffle.
  1. The CMA will be removed as a redeveloper, leaving WAVE as the only one. WAVE will hire a developer to do the actual construction. When the identities of all WAVE investors who own over 10% are revealed, some CMA trustees will be on the list.

Credit: Jack Bredin of Ocean Grove, researcher.

THE FLAMINGOS:       We only have eyes on who?

“I don’t know if we’re in a garden or on a crowded avenue.”

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