The first boards of "Spiced Rum" are down, with hundreds more to go.
The liquor name is actually the color code of Belmar's boardwalk decking.
With many colors of boards to choose from, the borough went with the brownish "Spiced Rum" color as it rebuilds its boardwalk after Hurricane Sandy.
Late last week, the first boards were pounded onto the framework, and a real picture of what the finished Belmar boardwalk would look like began to take shape.
It's only been about a month and two weeks since the groundbreaking of the Belmar boardwalk occurred, with a visit from Gov. Chris Christie Jan. 9 to celebrate the first piling.
Mayor Matt Doherty said construction is progressing swiftly. The contractor, Epic Construction, has an April 30 deadline to earn a bonus for completing the work on time, before the company accrues late fines.
The borough hopes to have the boardwalk and temporary concession trailers open for this summer, Memorial Day. On Friday, there were still about 20 more blocks of decking to go.
With a name such as "Spiced Rum," the synthetic decking choice has some wondering if it would be appropriate to somehow pair the boardwalk's reopening with a special drink, the mayor said.
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