Officials plan to appeal the Federal Emergency Management Agency's decision to reject a request for $1 million to repair the Ocean Grove boardwalk, which was destroyed by Superstorm Sandy.

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FEMA says the structure doesn't qualify because it is owned by the private, nonprofit Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association.

Neptune Township Committeeman Randy Bishop tells the Asbury Park Press ( ) he's worried how the association will be able to afford repairs, which are estimated to cost as much as $3.5 million.

Officials say FEMA awarded aid money to repair the boardwalk after a storm in 1992. However, it denied help after Tropical Storm Irene.

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