NJ Roller Coaster Submerged by Sandy Won't Stay Under Water

Wednesday, Nov 28, 2012  |  Updated 5:19 PM EDT
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NBC 4 New York reporter Brian Thompson captured this image of the Casino Pier roller coaster in Seaside Heights in the ocean amid Sandy's storm surges.

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Seaside Heights Coaster May Remain Submerged

The roller coaster that was swept right-side up into the Atlantic Ocean as Hurricane Sandy slammed the Jersey Shore may not be torn down, according to Seaside Heights Mayor Bill Akers. Brian Thompson reports.
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A roller coaster swept off a New Jersey amusement pier by Sandy won't remain as a tourist attraction partially submerged in the ocean.

Seaside Heights Mayor Bill Akers tells the Asbury Park Press the town and the owners of the Casino Pier are in talks to remove what remains of the Jet Star Roller Coaster.

The mayor last week told NBC 4 New York that the coaster would make a "great tourist attraction." But now says that "was not the brightest comment."

Casino Pier officials say they are still assessing the damage.

The mayor says construction of a new boardwalk should begin in January and be ready by Memorial Day.

Meanwhile, homeowners in a hard-hit Long Beach Island community are getting the first look at what remains of their properties.

Holgate is where the Atlantic Ocean met the bay when the storm hit last month. Water rushed under oceanfront homes after breaching vulnerable dunes.

All Holgate residents were allowed to return home as of 7 a.m. Tuesday.

New Jersey Natural Gas crews over the weekend completed the re-pressurization of the gas main on Long Beach Island and natural gas is now available to almost all customers.

Mantoloking has closed access to the hard-hit town because of the wintry weather Tuesday.

Toms River says it has issued 2,430 permits for repairs on its barrier island.

 

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