20 Mar '13, 11am

Post-Sandy, rebuilding Jersey’s boardwalk empire puts green groups at loggerheads

Post-Sandy, rebuilding Jersey’s boardwalk empire puts green groups at loggerheads

b0jangles Hurricane Sandy took the fun out of the Jersey Shore. As bikini season approaches, Jersey Shore beach towns are preparing for their annual influx of tourists. This year, that will mean more than dusting off the cotton candy machines and stocking up on vomit deodorizer. When Hurricane Sandy hit last fall, boardwalks from Long Branch to Atlantic City — including Seaside Heights, of Jersey Shore fame — were damaged or destroyed. The shore is now in a frenzy of rebuilding and repairing, gearing up for Memorial Day. But environmental activists have been something of a buzz-saw kill. The decking of these boardwalks pre-Sandy ranged from southern yellow pine to wood-plastic composite lumber to a tropical hardwood called ipe. That last option has rainforest advocates and town officials at loggerheads. Ipe, also known as Brazilian walnut, is the Cadillac of decking materi...

Full article: http://grist.org/climate-energy/post-sandy-rebuilding-jer...

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