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Belmar's Boardwalk Is 'Spiced Rum'

Hue of boardwalk decking is in the brown color family

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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Chad Taylor February 21, 2013 at 03:27 PM
I hope that Belmar does something to make the boardwalk area more bicycle friendly. It certainly would help the parking situation.
J February 22, 2013 at 01:18 AM
If restrooms and concessions are located in trailers, presumably those trailers will have to be parked on the street adjacent to the boardwalk, rather than on the beach or on the boardwalk itself. This will remove dozens of parking spaces from the ocean side of Ocean Ave. Although that's not such a bad thing--drivers backing out of those spaces (even the cautious ones) are a hazard to pedestrians, cyclists and other cars.
luigi Fafandone February 26, 2013 at 05:06 AM
Why are they buying new restroom trailers!!! When the trailers lost to the storm first showed up the leaders of the town claimed how great they will be as they can be easily removed and replaced at the end of the season or the treat of a major storm. Hurricane Sandy was one of the best predicted storms in weather history. It was known for almost 5 days that the Jersey Shore would most likely be hit and hit hard. Yet at 4 PM the day of the storm the trailers housing the restrooms at the four locations were still sitting on the beach. Not exactly smart planning with the so called easily removable restrooms.

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