We all want to see the boardwalks of the Jersey Shore open for business at the beginning of the season, and Belmar has started the process. According to our information, FEMA's assistance will pay for about 75% of the cost of rebuilding the boardwalk in Belmar. Reports are circulating that the town, which just approved a $20 million spending plan, is planning to use a hike in daily and seasonal beach badges to help offset the remaining cost.

The increase would be $1 for daily badges, up to $8, and a $5 hike in seasonal passes to $55, according to reports. Belmar is hoping to open the boardwalk by Memorial Day and the town has sent out request for bids from companies interested in doing the work. The town is also looking into the possibility of building a steel sea wall to protect the area during future storms.