LONG BEACH - It's been a mainstay in Long Beach for more than 100 years, but crews today began the bittersweet task of tearing down the city's boardwalk.

The Long Beach boardwalk was ripped apart when Superstorm Sandy battered the Island's South Shore. Today, construction crews began demolishing the boardwalk that was first built in 1909 to make way for a new one.

The process includes removing all of the wood components, railings, lights and ramps. The memorial benches that once lined the boardwalk will be stored securely until they can be reset on the replacement structure. The city says it should take about one month to complete demolition, at a price tag of about $1.5 million.

The goal is to have the new boardwalk finished by summer, but the city hasn't yet decided what material the new one will be made of. Long Beach officials are still waiting to learn how much funding assistance the city will get in recovery aid.