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Final forum on Long Beach boardwalk plan

The nonprofit, Sustainable Long Island, hosted a focus group of Long Beach residents to give them a chance to say what they'd like to see in the boardwalk rebuilding project. Videojournalist: Jessica Rotkiewicz (Feb. 6, 2013)

Long Beach Wednesday night will hold its last in a series of forums designed to allow residents to help develop a rebuilding plan for its boardwalk.

Superstorm Sandy ruined the city's century-old boardwalk, which has since been demolished.

The city hired an engineer last month to design a new boardwalk, which is expected to cost $25 million.

LiRo Engineers of Syosset will draw up designs based on feedback gleaned in the four public meetings the city has hosted already, City Council president Scott Mandel said.

Wednesday's meeting will summarize the information collected in the first four meetings for the public and city council, Mandel said.

"It has always been our hope to have something functioning and available for the public by summer," Mandel said Monday. "We'll be able to hear Wednesday night exactly what the city wants to have done."

Three of the first four meetings were held for residents of different neighborhoods in the city. The other meeting was specifically for the business community.

Sustainable Long Island, a Farmingdale-based nonprofit, has been working with the city on the boardwalk redevelopment project.

The meetings are intended to help residents "provide input on what is most important to them during the rebirth of this legendary landmark," said Sustainable Long Island spokesman Scott Woodson.

The city is paying LiRo Engineers $565,307.

Wednesday's meeting is open to the public and begins at 6 p.m. at Long Beach City Hall, One West Chester St.

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