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Ocean City Council Votes For All-Wood Boardwalk

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Officials say the Ocean City boardwalk's 50-year-old infrastructure is rotting away, making imperative a reconstruction that could cost as much as $10 million.
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Officials say the Ocean City boardwalk's 50-year-old infrastructure is rotting away, making imperative a reconstruction that could cost as much as $10 million.

The council's 5-2 vote Monday night mirrored the results of an online poll the city ran for the last few months, allowing voters to choose between the traditional all-wooden structure, or the more durable and cheaper option of putting a concrete aisle down the middle.

"A lot of people look at the nostalgia of the wood and a lot of people look at the cost effectiveness of the concrete," said Ocean City Manager Dennis Dare.

Fifty-one percent of the more than 2,000 voters from 25 different countries favored the wood option.

Dare says the $6 million project will start, as he puts it, the day after the last tourist leaves town.

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