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Seaside Heights roller coaster to be removed from ocean

It’s time to say farewell to the Jet Setter roller coaster.

The ride that was swept into the Atlantic Ocean from Casino Pier is Seaside Heights is finally being removed.

“Yes, we have hired Weeks Marine of Cranford, NJ to begin the demolition process,” said Maria Mastoris, spokesperson for Casino Pier.

This after nearly six months of sitting in the ocean.

“In two weeks or so they’ll start the process. They’ll survey and see what the best options are. The coaster will likely come out piece by piece. It should be a 24 hour a day, seven day a week job,” Mastoris said.

Around the clock work is already underway.  When Hurricane Sandy came ashore in October, the storm surge washed away the boardwalk and the entire upper deck of the pier that was home to over a dozen rides. Mastoris said crews are replacing boards and putting in pylons daily. And in addition to pulling down the coaster from the surf, the crews will take out five others.

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The pier before Sandy destroyed it.

“The log flume, the roller coaster, our haunted house and another structure that served as our storage unit.”

Casino Pier declined to say how much the removal would cost only that it is expected to be complete by Memorial Day. Though, the majority of the rides will not be back this season.

“I hope it comes back, I really do,” said Chris Angelo.

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4 Comments to “Seaside Heights roller coaster to be removed from ocean”

    Jenn R. said:
    April 22, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    I'm kind of astonished that no one has commented on this yet. It's a shame that they are getting rid of such great rides. Some of my best childhood memories were on that very boardwalk and it hurts to know that when I have kids that these great land marks won't be there for them to experience. I hope they at least compinsate for everything they get rid of.

      Anthony said:
      April 23, 2013 at 10:25 AM

      You realize that the whole pier dumped into the ocean during Hurricane Sandy right? The rides are ruined, scrap at best.

        Jenn R. said:
        May 6, 2013 at 6:51 PM

        I understand the entire pier was literally washed away. But just because they were washed away doesn't mean that they have to change anything. Unless you have spent every weekend, every summer for over 18 years on the boardwalk then you will never understand. I know that it's something that they have to do, but for them to completely re-due the boardwalk is a tragedy. Just because something's ruined doesn't mean it can't be fixed. Landmarks have been rebuilt before, why can't they do it again. And fyi, I'm just voicing my opinion.

    bob said:
    April 23, 2013 at 5:13 AM

    why wouldnt they get rid of them. They were destroyed by a hurricane..

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