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First portion of Long Beach boardwalk reopens after Sandy devastation

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LONG BEACH (PIX11) — It is going to be a big weekend on the shores of Long Beach, Long Island.

For the first time since Superstorm Sandy, a portion of the two-mile boardwalk will reopen to the public.

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The new Long Beach boardwalk (Keith Lopez/PIX11)

Long Beach was no doubt one of the hardest hit areas of Long Island.  Thirty-three thousand people live here and immediately after the storm not one person had water or power.  That is because the storm surge came on strong, flooding almost every street in the seaside community.

Almost nine months since the storm, this community has no doubt banded together to come back stronger than before — another example of resiliency that we have seen across our area.

Seventy-five percent of the businesses wiped away have reopened while 80 percent of the homes have been rebuilt.   Now, on Saturday morning, a four-block stretch of the historic boardwalk will reopen to the public.  It is a project that is costing $44 million and will be completed by November.

The message from the city manager is  simple:  Long Beach is open, the boardwalk is back so come on down.