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Carteret sports fields damaged by Ida will be replaced

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CARTERET — The borough has contracted with a Georgia-based company to replace the synthetic turf fields at Civic Center Park that were damaged by the remnants of Hurricane Ida in September.

The Veterans Field and Mustillo Softball Field, which were installed in 2008 as part of the Civic Center Park Rehabilitation, were both damaged by the storm.

Carteret received 9.5 inches of rain during the storm, which flooded and destroyed turf and dirt on fields as well as mulch and flower beds surrounding the fields, officials said.

Work on Shaw Sports Turf is expected to be completed this spring once materials for the project arrive, an official said, and work is expected to take about two weeks. The projected construction cost for the repairs is $490,848.

Aerial photos of the baseball and softball fields at Civic Center Park in Carteret

Mayor Dan Reiman said because the damage was the result of a federally declared disaster, the borough is working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to recover costs related to the repairs.

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“We will always fight tooth and nail with the federal government to get every penny we are entitled to for our residents, borough facilities and amenities,” Reiman said in a statement. “Hurricane Ida caused extensive flood damage throughout Carteret, so we’ve been working with FEMA since the day the storm arrived to ensure we receive our fair share.”

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