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Jersey shore towns race to do boardwalk repairs

SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) — With two weeks to go before the summer crowds arrive, New Jersey shore towns are in a race to finish rebuilding boardwalks wrecked by Superstorm Sandy.

Officials in almost all the towns say they plan to have the boardwalks ready by Memorial Day, but some are clearly closer than others.

Belmar met a self-imposed April 30 deadline to finish its walkway — a pace that earned its contractor a $100,000 performance bonus.

Seaside Heights is about two-thirds done with its boardwalk and Mayor Bill Akers guarantees it will be ready for the holiday crowds.

Boardwalks in the southern shore, including Atlantic City, Ocean City and the Wildwoods, were not seriously damaged by the October storm.