November 27, 2012

NJ roller coaster submerged by Sandy to be removed

The Associated Press

SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. — A roller coaster swept off a New Jersey amusement pier by Superstorm Sandy won't remain as a tourist attraction partially submerged in the ocean.

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This Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012 aerial photo shows damage to the Casino Pier amusement park in Seaside Heights, N.J. caused by Superstorm Sandy, where part of the pier and a roller coaster fell into the ocean. (AP Photo/The Philadelphia Inquirer, Clem Murray) MAGS OUT, NEWARK OUT

AP

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 a TV station that the coaster would make a "great tourist attraction." But the mayor 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.

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