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Sandy recovery on track at Island Beach State Park



ISLAND BEACH STATE PARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey expects to have its second busiest state park fully operational for the peak summer season as Superstorm Sandy restoration efforts continue.

The Department of Environmental Protection said Tuesday more areas of Island Beach State Park have been opened and hours have been extended from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., the normal seasonal schedule. Fishing access has also been extended, from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The DEP awarded a contract this week for the reconstruction of four beach access boardwalks severely damaged by Sandy. Two are expected to be completed by Memorial Day, the other two by July Fourth.

The 10-mile-long park remains one of only a few undeveloped barrier island beaches on the north Atlantic coast.

Daily fees will be accepted at the gatehouse starting Wednesday.