Ocean City may scrap hardwood boardwalk

January 14, 2008 5:47:20 PM PST
Since Ocean City broke a decade-old promise last year not to use wood from tropical rainforests on its boardwalk, just about everything that could go wrong with the plan did go wrong. Environmentalists picketed and the mayor's office was flooded with 50,000 protest e-mails from around the globe.

The wood, which was supposed to be certified as having been harvested responsibly from trusted sources in the Amazon, cost anywhere between 30 and 70 percent more than wood without the certification.

And the Baltimore lumber company that was supposed to have the wood here by the end of the year still hasn't.

Now the Ocean City Council may be ready to scrap the $1.1 million deal -- even if it means a costly legal battle.