Environmental groups say they plan a tourist season boycott of a NJ shore town this summer over its choice to use a tropical hardwood to replace the town's boardwalk, which was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy last October.
Avon by the Sea, one of many shore towns across the state that was devastated by Hurricane Sandy, had already placed the order for ipe, a tropical hardwood preferable in salt-water environments, before environmentalists stepped in, according to the AP / Boston Herald:
"But Avon administrator Tim Gallagher says the town has already paid for the
wood, which was cut and shipped to a warehouse in North Carolina and
awaits transportation to Jersey."