Splinter alert: Ocean City postpones boardwalk re-decking

Posted at 6:46 PM, Aug 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-29 18:46:29-04

OCEAN CITY, md. — OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) — Ocean City is postponing plans to re-deck its iconic boardwalk because of a lumber shortage caused by the coronavirus outbreak. The Daily Times of Salisbury reports that the boardwalk, which stretches over 30 blocks, is typically re-decked every 10 years or so. When city workers began making inquiries to potential suppliers, they learned that it might cost double the $468,000 that had been budgeted for the first half of the project. Lumber prices have more than doubled since April, as the coronavirus prompted both a supply shortage and a spike in demand as people stuck at home embarked on home-improvement projects.