New Jersey roller coaster damaged by Sandy may become tourist attraction

New Jersey roller coaster damaged by Sandy may become tourist attraction

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SEASIDE HEIGHTS, NJ - NOVEMBER 01: A roller coaster sits in the Atlantic Ocean after the Fun Town pier it sat on was destroyed by Superstorm Sandy on November 1, 2012 in Seaside Heights, New Jersey. With the death toll continuing to rise and millions of homes and businesses without power, the U.S. east coast is attempting to recover from the effects of floods, fires and power outages brought on by Superstorm Sandy. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

KREM.com

Posted on November 24, 2012 at 10:28 PM

SEASIDE HEIGHTS, New Jersey - The remains of a roller coaster that was knocked off a New Jersey amusement pier by Superstorm Sandy and partially submerged in the Atlantic Ocean might be left there as a tourist attraction.

Seaside Heights Mayor Bill Akers tells WNBC-TV in New York (http://bit.ly/XCW35T) officials haven;t made a decision on whether to tear down the coaster. But the mayor says he's working with the Coast Guard to see if the coaster is stable enough to leave it alone because he believes it would make "a great tourist attraction."

Meanwhile, efforts to rebuild the storm-ravaged town are continuing.

Demolition crews have removed the resort's damaged boardwalk. And Akers says construction on a new boardwalk is expected to begin in January and be ready by Memorial Day.
 

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