Report: Seaside boardwalk demolition could begin next week

    Workers could begin demolition on the fire ravaged portion of the boardwalk that stretches from Seaside Park into Seaside Heights next week.

    About a dozen demolition contractors recently toured the four block stretch that was destroyed by the wind-whipped blaze that roared for hours and impacted dozens of businesses, according to a report on NBC Philadelphia’s website. 

    Bids are being accepted until 4 p.m. Wednesday. Officials hope to award the demolition contract on Friday and begin the work early next week, the report states. 

    The state-funded job is expected to take 60 days.

    The New Jersey Economic Development Authority has set aside $15 million from programs offered to help in the recovery from Superstorm Sandy to assist the fire-impacted business owners. The money will not affect the funding earmarked for residents recovering from the superstorm. 

    The fire has been blamed on the failure of electrical wiring impacted by Superstorm Sandy floodwaters. 

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