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.
“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.