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Farmingdale Firm Awarded Long Beach Contract

Thomas Novelli Contracting will work to remove the ruins of the city's boardwalk.

A Farmingdale firm has been selected to to raze the ruined Long Beach boardwalk.

The Long Beach City Council voted Tuesday to award the $1.4 million contract to Thomas Novelli Contracting, the lowest of three bidders, for the removal project, Newsday reported, citing city documents.

The work includes removing all wooden pieces, railings, lighting and ramps, the documents state. The cost of replacing the entire 2.2-mile boardwalk fronting the Atlantic Ocean is expected to be about $25 million, officials have said.

Overall repairs to the city from the widespread damage of Hurricane Sandy have been estimated at $200 million.

The boardwalk suffered significant damage overall, but that the eastern half of the structure was particularly hard hit, City Manager Jack Schnirman told Patch.

Schnirman also stated five weeks ago that the city expects the beach to reopen next summer.

The work on the boardwalk is expected to start soon.

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