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    6:50 AM, Dec 10, 2012   |    comments
    A view of storm damage over the Atlantic Coast from the helicopter as President Obama and Governor Christie view the damage in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, on October 31, 2012. Americans sifted through the wreckage of superstorm Sandy on Wednesday as millions remained without power. AFP PHOTO/POOL/Doug Mills
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    SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) - Coastal communities pummeled by Superstorm Sandy are rushing to rebuild their boardwalks in time for next summer.

    They're in a race to finish by the end of May to retain tourist money they will need next year more than ever.

    Seaside Heights N.J., gets 75 percent of its budget from tourism, and is moving quickly to rebuild the boardwalk where MTV's "Jersey Shore" was filmed.

    Belmar N.J., is spending $20 million to rebuild its boardwalk, and several other shore towns are doing likewise.

    New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has decreed no new wooden boardwalks will be built. He favors concrete as more durable.

    The rush to rebuild has also touched off a debate over whether to use rainforest wood.

    (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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