Ocean City's iconic pier is getting a facelift, after it was damaged by Hurricane Sandy.
Strong winds and surf ripped away a large section of the historic pier, hurling it into the ocean. All that was left standing after Sandy's fury were a few pilings, which have since been removed.
Now rebuilding is set to begin by the pier's franchise holder — Charles R. "Buddy" Jenkins — who took over its maintenance in 1975.
Although the pier doesn't belong to the town, Ocean City has offered a franchise agreement for pier control, for decades.
Jenkins has reportedly committed to rebuilding the pier in time for the 2013 summer season.
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