Bloomberg: No more wooden boardwalks in New York City

December 1, 2012 9:49:42 AM PST
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is pledging to rebuild the miles of beach boardwalks destroyed by Superstorm Sandy - but he says the new models aren't going to be made of wood.

For years now, city officials have talked about wanting to replace the hardwood in the boardwalks with more durable and environmentally friendly materials, like concrete and plastic composites.

Nostalgia buffs have protested, but the mayor told The Wave, a neighborhood newspaper in the devastated Rockaway Peninsula, that the storm settled the issue for good.

He told the paper "there will be no more wooden boardwalks in Rockaway or anywhere else."

City parks officials say concrete sections of boardwalk in the Rockaways and Coney Island held up much better in the storm.

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