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Sand and rubble sit where the boardwalk used to be in Seaside Heights, N.J. Seaside Heights, like many other coastal towns, is racing to rebuild its boardwalk from Superstorm Sandy’s damage in time for next summer’s tourism season. Boardwalks are a major economic engine for shoreline communities. (Associated Press)

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