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Timeline of the Boardwalk along Absecon Inlet

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Posted: Saturday, November 26, 2011 6:10 pm

1980: Atlantic City bans police and fishing vehicles from the Boardwalk bordering the Absecon Inlet after a bad fall storm weakens the elevated wooden walkway at the resort’s northern tip.

1983: City officials seek $2.3 million from the federal Economic Development Agency to repair the Boardwalk, including the area near Melrose Avenue in the South Inlet section of Atlantic City. The money doesn’t come through.

1984: City borrows $1.15 million to repair the Boardwalk from Oriental to Maine avenues in the South Inlet, plus a portion near Montpelier Avenue but fails to follow through, citing the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s refusal to provide the rest of the money.

1985: Hurricane Gloria shreds parts of the Boardwalk, including the portion in the Inlet.

1988: The Atlantic City Improvement Authority sets aside nearly $1 million to help pay to rebuild the then-crumbling seawall at New Hampshire Avenue and the bulkhead between Albany and Missouri avenues in the resort.

1989: State Department of Environmental Protection fears budget constraints likely will prevent it from paying its share of the $2 million needed to refurbish the seawall at New Hampshire. Atlantic City Council moves ahead anyway, hiring a contractor to draw up specs.

1993: FEMA recommends the city develop a plan to reduce storm damage to the Inlet beach and Boardwalk.

1996: City Council starts push to close off access to the Boardwalk near Maine Avenue because it is in such bad disrepair. The governing body ultimately opts to rebuild it, which at the time would have cost $860,000. In the end, $700,000 of that money instead pays for beach replenishment.

1998: Plans for Oscar E. McClinton Jr. Park at Maine Avenue include a seawall, plus Boardwalk demolition and rebuilding, nearby.

1999: A new seawall and Boardwalk along the beach from Madison to Melrose avenues finished before McClinton park, thanks to a $1.2 million Shore Protection grant from the state Department of Environmental Protection.

2002: City estimates between $2.6 million and $2.8 million is needed to fix the Boardwalk between New Hampshire and New Jersey avenues. City has $1.3 million available.

2003: City makes plan to repair Boardwalk in multiple spots, but eventually cancels those projects.

2008: City Councilman Dennis Mason says “other things just keep coming up” when asked why the Boardwalk has decayed unchecked in the Inlet. Shortly thereafter, an Atlantic City electric truck breaks through a section of the Boardwalk, prompting the leak of internal memos from city administration worrying about the brittle boards.

2009: Revel Entertainment Group restates promise to revamp Boardwalk between New Jersey and Rhode Island avenues.

2010: City expects to have demolished and rebuilt the Boardwalk by summer 2011 at a cost of $6 million. Army Corps of Engineers estimates the seawall will cost between $5 million and $10 million.

2011: Estimated seawall cost jumps to between $10 million and $15 million and the Army Corps can’t say when it will have the money to do the project. City to spend more than $2.3 million of $4.3 million borrowed to rebuild the Boardwalk along the Inlet, saying they can’t use the money for its intended purpose anyway until the seawall is there. Army Corps blames delays on the DEP. Revel, meanwhile, fulfills its pledge to refurbish the Boardwalk fronting its casino project.

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