Atlantic City Council approved an agreement Wednesday securing the last $887,000 needed to rehab the Boardwalk at the northeast tip of the island.
City planning and engineering officials met earlier in the day with the New Jersey Casino Reinvestment Development Authority about the money — on top of the $650,000 the agency already provided for the project. The city needed the additional funds to provide a match for grants totaling $10 million from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection .
That money will pay to tear down dilapidated portions of the Boardwalk along Absecon Inlet, remove debris from the waters closest to shore, and rebuild the promenade near the ocean and extend it to Gardner’s Basin on the bay side of the island. Information was not available Wednesday about how and when the work will proceed.
Winds and tides are stronger in that area than they are in other parts of the resort. The exposure has caused the wooden boards there to sag, bend and break over the past decade, causing the city to block access to one segment after another.
During the past decade or so, the city borrowed money several times — more than $11 million — with the intent of using it to fix the Boardwalk. But the funds ultimately paid for beach replenishment and other capital projects deemed more pressing at the time.
Now, the plan is to use grants from other government agencies to address the dilapidation of the Boardwalk for which the resort is famous.
The CRDA Board already agreed to set aside the $887,000 under discussion Wednesday at its last meeting Sept. 18. In addition the money from the CRDA, Army Corps and DEP, the Federal Emergency Management Agency will supply another $2.4 million to redeck the Boardwalk between Rhode Island and New Hampshire avenues.
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