Round the clock work and more than $800K in donations made it possible to repair the boardwalk in Belmar, New Jersey after superstorm Sandy and in time for the summer season.
One of the time honored traditions at the Jersey Shore town is the sand castle contest. The 27th annual competition got underway on Wednesday.
"It brings a lot of families, amateurs and professionals and a lot of kids from day camps. I encourage people to play hooky today and come to the beach," said Mayor Matthew Doherty.
One participant got an early start on the competition by digging a six foot hole for his sand castle.
The contest is open to participants of all ages.
Officials say a New Jersey man has died from injuries he suffered in a chain-reaction crash inside one of the tubes of the Lincoln Tunnel. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police spokesman Joe Pentangelo says the 49-year-old Summit resident was among three people hurt in the accident.