Governor Phil Murphy has signed a new bill establishing the Boardwalk Preservation Fund. $100 million will be appropriated for the renovation and repair of boardwalks in Shore communities across the state.
Murphy also announced the official opening of the Boardwalk Preservation Fund’s application process, which is being managed by the Department of Community Affairs and will remain open until Oct. 31.
The fund uses federal dollars provided to the state under the American Rescue Plan Act.
“From Atlantic City to Asbury Park, for decades our state’s boardwalks have served as iconic fixtures in our Shore communities, contributing not just to their local economies but to their unique histories and cultural fabric as well,” said Governor Murphy. “Maximizing the potential of our boardwalks requires robust, forward-looking investments that will prepare them to endure the test of time and the intensifying impacts of the climate crisis. I’m proud to build upon Lieutenant Governor Oliver’s legacy as a champion of Atlantic City while we stand alongside elected officials on both sides of the aisle in support of these invaluable community assets.”
“The boardwalks are the lifeblood of many of our Shore communities,” said Senate President Nick Scutari. “They are a distinctive part of the Jersey Shore that plays a key role in the state’s tourism economy. The Boardwalk Fund will help ensure that our boardwalks are repaired and maintained so they continue to be hallmarks for New Jersey that can be enjoyed by local residents and visitors.”
For more information or to apply for funding from the Boardwalk Preservation Fund, please visit DCA’s website. DCA is planning a technical assistance webinar for August 29, 2023.