Waters from Hurricane Sandy start to flood Beach Ave. in Cape May, New Jersey on October 29, 2012. Later today the full force of Hurricane Sandy is expected to hit the New Jersey coastline bringing heavy winds and floodwaters. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) - The sounds shaking the ground in Seaside Heights aren't from nightclubs.
The town featured in the MTV reality show "Jersey Shore" has started rebuilding the boardwalk that was destroyed by Superstorm Sandy.
Heavy equipment began drilling holes in the sand and pounding pilings into the ground Friday. It's the first phase of a project that could ultimately cost $6 million to $7 million.
Mayor Bill Akers says the mile-long walkway should be done by May 10, but amenities like railings, lighting and ramps will come after that.
Many residents turned out to see the start of the work. They expressed hope that the place where they vacationed as children and came to settle down will recapture what made it so special to them.