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Cliff Walk repairs underway

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By: Liz Tufts

ltufts@abc6.com

 

On the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, progress is being made in repairing Newport's historic cliff walk.

When Sandy swooped in last year, tearing away 2 miles of the cliff walk the city got worried about how it would affect business. "Unfortunately we had to shut down that part for the summer tourist season, " says Evan Smith, President of Discover Newport.

Surprisingly, the temporary closure hasn't kept people away. It did however, start a battle between the state, some residents and a group of local surfers. In order to start repairs, construction crews need to get heavy machinery close to the water's edge

There's only two ways to do it. By gaining access through public property, or putting in temporary boulders which could compromise the surf. "It would be wiping out an existing playing field that is known around the world, " says local surfer, Al Abbruzzi.

On the anniversary of Sandy, Abbruzzi got his wish. The state was able to get the ok to use several private properties instead. Construction finally started this week and should be done by February.

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