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Ocean City Officials Look To Public For Boardwalk Redesign

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Ocean City, Md., will move forward with plans to reconstruct its famous boardwalk. But the mayor and council are calling for the public's help.

The council is divided on whether to uphold the tradition of the resort's iconic boardwalk, or to preserve its longevity by putting an 11-foot-wide concrete sidewalk down the middle of the wooden walkway.

The council is scheduling a public hearing in February before members make the final decision about what materials they should use.

"I think you're going to see that when it's all said and done -- public input, business owner input -- you're going to end up with a traditional selection," Public Works director Hal Adkins says. "Nostalgia will come into play."

The project will include replacing a decaying deck and a rotting 50 year old infrastructure, likely stretching over two years, costing between $6- and $8 million, and beginning after next summer.

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