LONG BEACH, N.Y. (AP) — It's a start.
The first section of a 2-mile long boardwalk damaged by Superstorm Sandy is reopening Friday in Long Beach.
City officials are holding a ceremony to mark the completion of a four-block long section of the boardwalk.
The entire wooden structure had to be replaced fallowing last October's storm. Only the concrete support beams remained.
The new boardwalk's a mix of hardwoods and concrete.
Many residents in the suburban community just east of New York City are still struggling to rebuild their homes. City officials say the return of a small section of boardwalk is a sign of the progress already being made.
Long Beach officials are also expected to provide a timeline for its complete reconstruction.
The renovation of the boardwalk is estimated to cost $40 million.