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Demolition, Cleanup Work To Begin This Week At Fire-Damaged Seaside Park Boardwalk

$4.7 Million Project Expected To Take 60 Days
The Seaside Park boardwalk following the massive Sept. 12 fire. (credit: CBS 2)

The Seaside Park boardwalk following the massive Sept. 12 fire. (credit: CBS 2)

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SEASIDE PARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – Demolition and cleanup work is set to begin this week along a Jersey shore boardwalk where a fire destroyed dozens of businesses.

Seaside Park and Seaside Heights officials have hired South Toms River-based Eagle Paving Corp. — which is operated by the man who also runs FunTown Pier — to do the work.

The $4.7 million project is expected to take 60 days, CBS 2 reported.

PHOTOS: Massive Fire Strikes Sandy-Hit Jersey Shore

The amusement pier was destroyed in superstorm Sandy and lost what was left in the Sept. 12 boardwalk fire.

Authorities said the fire began accidentally by wiring damaged during superstorm Sandy.

The fire started under a Kohr’s frozen custard stand and the Biscayne Candies shop and raged for eight hours, destroying about 50 businesses over several blocks. Only minor injuries were reported.

Among the iconic venues that were damaged or destroyed in the fire were the the Carousel Arcade, Kohr’s Frozen Custard, Jack & Bill’s, and Maruca’s Pizza.

The two towns plan to build a temporary dune to protect the shore line in the area where the debris is until new development begins.

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