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Welcome! This is "Catatonic Digressions."
Most, if not all readers don't understand my blog's title. It's an old inside joke from a forum long gone. I was going to change it, but since it's been "confusing" for so long, I decided to leave it. Don't worry about what it means, the content of the blog is what is important.
Unfortunately, my blog isn't what I set out for it to be. A disturbed and manic online stalker and cyberbully has made it impossible for me to post about family, my son, life in my part of New York...so I stopped (for the most part), and I mostly reblog and repost what I feel is important, necessary or close to my heart. As for the stalking sociopath, she can go to hell for harassing me and my family since mid-2008. You can't scare me offline with a few lame threats and dozens of pages of defamation, abuse, depravity and libel. I'm bitchy like that. ;)
(Anyone who knows me knows I'm not actually a bitch, but let's allow this psychopath to think I'm a bitch to her blackened heart's content—it seems to make her feel she has some sort of control over me…and it does not.)
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Workers will begin to demolish Long Beach's famed boardwalk on Saturday, city officials announced Wednesday.
The more than two-mile stretch of wood and concrete along the beachfront was badly damaged by Sandy, and Long Beach's city council decided to tear down the entire structure last month.
"It looks like King Kong came in and ripped up the whole place," said Barbara Herr, who has visited Long Beach for 15 years.
An American flag and a holiday wreath hang on a pile of twisted wood in one of the boardwalk's hardest hit areas. The boardwalk has been closed since the storm, and while not every inch was destroyed by Sandy, city officials thought it best to demolish all of it.
"To be prudent, it's better to look at the entire boardwalk, take the whole thing down and rebuild stronger and smarter," said City Councilman Scott J. Mandel.
The demolition should take about a month, said Mandel. The reconstruction is expected to be finished by the start of the summer season, Mandel added.
The estimated cost of the project is $25 million. Long Beach hopes to recoup the entire amount from FEMA, Mandel said. But the city decided to move ahead before securing any funding guarantee.
"Long Beach is known for its boardwalk," Mandel said. "So, this is a symbol that Long Beach will recover from Sandy."
The boardwalk was first built in 1907, as Long Beach's founders looked to create a destination to rival Atlantic City. Elephants from Coney Island were used during the original construction, said city historian Roberta Fiore.
At first, the boardwalk was private, Fiore added. Visitors needed to secure a special invitation to enjoy the boardwalk and its adjoining amenities, like tennis courts.
Parts of the boardwalk were rebuilt in the late 1930s after a fire, Fiore said. Since then, the boardwalk has survived numerous storms and hurricanes, remaining the focal point of the waterfront community.
A special ceremony attended by city officials and residents will mark the start of demolition Saturday.
"It's part of their heritage, part of them, part of their blood," said Terri Powers of Oceanside.
"I look forward to walking here again," said Kevin McCormack of Lynbrook as he took pictures of what was left of the boardwalk.