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News Summary: NY, NJ ponder new boardwalks

The Associated Press

BUILD IT AND THEY WILL COME: Boardwalks are a major economic engine along the New Jersey and New York coasts, and just weeks after Superstorm Sandy, shoreline communities are racing to rebuild them for reasons both sentimental and financial.

UNDER THE BOARDWALK: The towns will need the tourism money more than ever as they try to rebuild homes and other infrastructure, but the expensive efforts are forcing decisions not only about how much to spend, but also what materials to use.

CONCRETE REMIX: The destruction of late October's Superstorm Sandy will likely result in some changes along the shoreline, with more wooden walkways giving way to concrete or synthetic materials.