Hurricane Sandy Damage - Letter From the President

Posted: November 18, 2012
Belmar Beach Boardwalk

To our friends and clients in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic,

Our hearts go out to the millions impacted by the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy and the storm’s aftermath. First and foremost, we hope you and your families are safe and well.

We want to thank the hundreds of utility workers, engineers, activists, politicians, and locals who are working together to rebuild towns, provide shelter and food for neighbors, and cleaning up the debris along the coast.

As a boardwalk company, we cringe to see the images of the iconic boardwalks lining the coast, ravaged, torn apart and destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.

Rockaway Beach Boardwalk Aerial

We understand the hours, labor, and passion that go into creating a boardwalk that can become a part of daily life, a centerpiece of a town. These boardwalks were a piece of art, carefully crafted by landscape architects, engineers and built through the labor of hundreds of contract construction workers.

Millions of businesses and livelihoods will depend on the clean up and recovery efforts funded by donations and local, state and federals efforts. For many of the towns hit by Hurricane Sandy, summer tourism and entertainment is their main source of income. These towns need to have full boardwalks rebuilt and storefronts repaired before summer arrives, so the tourism season can continue on as normal without lapse. From Jersey Shore’s Seaside Heights Boardwalk, to the quaint Belmar Beach boardwalk, to Jenkinson’s Boardwalk with its popular amusement park, to the famous Atlantic City Boardwalk, to Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach boardwalk, miles of boardwalks on the coastlines have flooded, disintegrated, rotted and crumbled through the force of wind and water. It’s especially tough to witness some major boardwalks completely washed away in the storm, such as the historic Rockaway Boardwalk in Queens.

Jenkinson's Boardwalk

No doubt, the road to recovery will be a long one. If there’s anything that we can do to help in the Hurricane Sandy rebuilding efforts, we are ready and prepared to assist.

Our precast concrete boardwalk piers and treads are carefully engineered to outlast the harsh effects of a storm and specially designed for coastlines. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help.

I’ll be keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

Belmar Beach Boardwalk

Best regards,

Jason Philbin

CEO and President, PermaTrak Boardwalk System 


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PHOTO CREDITS (from top to bottom)

Background:  Rockaway Beach boardwalk by Roman Iakoubtchik

1. Belmar Beach boardwalk "What's left of the Belmar NJ boardwalk" by accarrino

2. Rockaway Beach boardwalk by Roman Iakoubtchik

4. Jenkinson's boardwalk "Buckled Boardwalk" by Garden State Hiker

5. Belmar Beach boardwalk by suburbanhillbilly

Topics: Boardwalk Materials, Boardwalk Durability/Maintenance