The famous Jersey Shore roller coaster that ended up in the Atlantic Ocean after Hurricane Sandy is slated to be removed from the waters by this time next week. The coaster, which has since become an iconic symbol of the October 29th storm, will be removed piece by piece in a project that will take about 48 hours to complete. Local residents won’t have to say good-bye to the floating coaster in its entirety, however. A section of the ravaged ride will be preserved as a memorial once the damaged pier is rebuilt next year. There are even plans to erect a new roller coaster, which will be named “The Superstorm”.
“We are thrilled about this,” said Casino Pier spokeswoman Maria Mastoris, as reported by the Associated Press. “We’ve been waiting for this for a long time. It shows we’re making progress and that we’ll be open and ready for the summer.” Casino Pier hired maritime contractor Weeks Marine to dismember the coaster with a crane.
The “Jet Star” roller coaster has been the subject of hundreds of media stories and has served as the central design for memorabilia sold to help raise money for victims of Hurricane Sandy. Earlier this year, 38-year-old Chris Angulo of Lavallette, New Jersey, made news headlines when he climbed the coaster and donned it with an American flag in recognition of Sandy victims. Immediately after climbing down Angulo was arrested by police but his case has yet to go before trial.
The project will begin after Britain’s Prince Harry—who is visiting Ocean County as part of his tour of America and communities affected by Sandy—makes his departure from Seaside Heights.
Via Huffington Post