The Boardwalk Sub-Division maintains the two and one-half miles of Boardwalk, which is a seven-day-a-week, 365-day-a-year job.
In November, many benches and trashcans are removed from 4th St. south to prevent damage from winter storms. They are cleaned and painted for next season. During the winter it is a daily job to keep the Boardwalk clean from blowing sand.
In mid-March, we start getting ready for summer. We stripe the train lane and reinstall benches, trashcans and signs. The Beach walkways are cleaned as well. Once summer begins, crews start at 5 a.m. removing trash with a mini broom and specialized scrubbers clean the Boardwalk and train lane.
Starting at 6 a.m. a crew fine cleans the Boardwalk where the equipment cannot reach. A three-member crew empties all 225 trashcans. Twice a week a crew uses two pressure washers to steam clean the benches, trashcans and areas the machines can’t reach. At 4 p.m. a three-man crew empties all trashcans until 12:30 a.m., six nights a week. They also handle emergency calls from police, i.e. accident clean up, etc.
The Boardwalk operation uses two scrubbers, two mini brooms, one Green machine, two steam cleaners, a tractor broom, and a mini garbage truck.
In 2005, the boardwalk received a facelift with the installation of the new boardwalk benches and new trash cans. Gone are the old wooden benches and the painted barrels on the boardwalk. The benches are the same type used in our Boardwalk Dedication Program.
Each winter, we replace the old, worn-out boards on the boardwalk. This project is completed in phases and thus, the location changes each year. However, any broken or damaged board that is not part of the current phase is replaced to ensure our visitor’s safety.