Monday, December 10, 2012

Beach restoration proceeds carefully

Beach restoration has come a long way but broken and exposed boards create unsafe conditions.

 Many temporary workers have been hired by the Parks Department to clean the sand off the Boardwalk and remove debris that still littered the beach.  But equipment, such as bobcats, have not been visible on the Boardwalk to expedite the cleanup and I believe that more damage to the boardwalk may result if heavy equipment is sent onto an unstable deck.  All the labor is manual using shovels, brooms and wheelbarrows which is a slow process.

 I have been told that the boardwalk has structural weaknesses and it is easy to sense the uneven footing walking on many sections of the boardwalk.  Even areas on the beach itself hide pockets of instability in the sand that could affect heavier trucks.

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