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Sandy-damaged town halls: fix or rebuild?

5-5-14

MANTOLOKING, N.J. (AP) — Officials in New Jersey towns hit hard by Superstorm Sandy are facing many of the same questions their residents are grappling with when it comes to municipal buildings damaged in the storm.

Can the town halls be fixed, or do they need to be torn down? Should they be elevated, or moved, and how much is all this going to cost?

Mantoloking tore down its municipal building Monday, joining Lavallette and Sea isle City.

Others planning to raze their buildings and start over include Bay Head and Oceanport, where councilman Joseph Irace (eye-RAYC’) says staying in the same flood-prone spot is not an option.

Mantoloking plans to rebuild in the same spot, but on pilings or concrete lifts to elevate municipal offices out of harm’s way for the next storm.