How many people can you awaken before dawn to go and look at earth movers and pile drivers? In Seaside Heights today, the answer is, basically, everyone.


At 8 AM, groundward driving of the first piling began for the tourist mecca's new boardwalk, replacing what was destroyed in the superstorm.

"It's like Christmas," Mayor Bill Akers enthuses. "It's a new beginning for the borough of Seaside Heights....we're going to start with about 60 a day for the first two weeks, and after that we're going to amp it up to 100-150 pilings a day."

At that pace, officials predict, the new boardwalk will be done as a month before Memorial Day weekend.