SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) — The sounds shaking the ground in Seaside Heights aren’t from boom boxes.

The town featured in the MTV reality show “Jersey Shore” has started rebuilding its iconic boardwalk that was destroyed by Superstorm Sandy.

Heavy equipment began drilling holes in the sand and pounding pilings into the ground Friday in the first phase of a project that could ultimately cost $6 million to $7 million.

Mayor Bill Akers says the mile-long walkway should be done by May 10, but amenities like railings, lighting and ramps will come after that.

Many residents turned out to see the start of the work, expressing hope that the place where they vacationed as children and came to settle down will recapture what made it so special to them.

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