PHOTOS: Mantoloking, Seaside Roller Coaster Up Close; Future Plotted For Shore Beaches

Legislators get tour of Shore destruction

Members of New Jersey's General Assembly toured Ocean County communities devastated by Superstorm Sandy Thursday.

The tour, led by State Police Superintendent Col. Rick Fuentes, along with local officials, gave lawmakers and members of the press an up-close look at what Sandy left behind – including the remnants of the Seaside Heights boardwalk and the now-iconic Jet Star roller coaster, which dropped from Casino Pier to the ocean during the storm.

Casino Pier will be repaired in what is estimated to be a $45 million project, Seaside Heights Police Chief Thomas Boyd said, and the roller coaster will be removed from the ocean floor.

Funtown Pier in nearby Seaside Park, is in the preliminary stages of assessing the damage with its insurance company, owner Bill Major said in an e-mail.

"Funtown Pier would love nothing more to rebuild and operate the Funtown Pier that has been the tradition of our community for many decades," said Major. "In the next few weeks we will have a better time line and more detail of the future on Funtown."

Though there was talk of allowing the roller coaster to stay in the water as a tourist attraction, those plans have been abandoned. The first step in removing the roller coaster – and ensuring what remains of Casino Pier is stable – is having divers inspect the area, which should happen soon, said Boyd.

In Seaside Heights, much of the boardwalk debris has been cleared, and crews are already preparing the area for a new boardwalk to be constructed.

"We'll rebuild the boardwalk, all the debris will be cleaned up," said Boyd.

Boyd estimated it will be another month, or longer, before residents can repopulate Seaside Heights on a permanent basis.

Just north of Seaside Heights, the Ortley Beach section of Toms River Township was dealing with its own storm woes.

"This is the area that most people say was Ground Zero for Hurricane Sandy," said Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastronardy.

The popular, oceanfront night spot Joey Harrison's Surf Club was literally ripped to shreds, along with adjacent houses. About 300 dump trucks filled with sand are shoring up the area's dunes each day.

Mastronardy said cleanup also continues on the bay side of Ortley Beach.

Progress was also continuing in Mantoloking, where a breach formed a new inlet near Herbert Street. Crews were in the process of laying new natural gas lines and building what will eventually be a restored Route 35 north.

The legislators also got an up-close look at the devastated Camp Osborn neighborhood in Brick, where about 60 homes burned to the ground during Sandy, presumably due to natural gas fires.


Update: This story was updated Friday, Nov. 30 with additional, new information from Funtown Pier's owner.

Common Sense in Silverton December 03, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Well Lucie, I suggest you call up your local Senator and Representative about that since FEMA is really only helping those who didn't have the foresight to purchase flood insurance. They returned my phone calls and politely informed me that since I had flood insurance, they wouldn't be helping and I should file an insurance claim. In life, there are people who have bad luck, and there are people who make poor life choices. Perhaps you should focus on some of the leeches in the latter category and not harp on those trying to recover from the former.
mjmjr December 05, 2012 at 09:43 AM
dr d December 10, 2012 at 01:19 AM
MJMJR - You are obviously from Kansas or Mississippi or something! IF you spent much time there you would know "It is all about Family and Memories" You Asshole!
chris December 11, 2012 at 04:23 PM
most of us spent our childhoods on seaside/ other beaches in new jersey, they will eventually be rebuilt. I just love how everyones getting so cocky and anxious about it talking about scum on seaside and how much nj's gonna pay/ insurance companies...we may have lost some memories ...but ALOT of people have lost homes and things you can't replace. They'll figure out what theyre rebuilding, and what not but they should worry about the people who've lost almost everything first. Everyone just needs to be patient, the hurricane was like two friggen months ago why dont you give it a year or two and then start bitching ??? LOL and btw no one even went to seaside anymore bc of the jerseyshore cast and how scummy it was, and guidos, not to mention everyone called it sleezside and it turned into tourist land / the prices of everything got jacked up after it got big. LBI all the way !
PatrickL December 12, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Lucie47, it is the ignorant people like you that give Seaside Heights such a "bad reputation." First off, The Borough of Seaside Park and the Borough of Seaside Heights are two separate municipalities, they are not decent and indecent "areas" of the same borough. Second, during the 60's and 70's, Seaside Heights was at the height of its GOOD reputation as the number one place for family fun along the Jersey Shore. Perhaps you weren't allowed to run all over the boardwalk in the Heights because you were 10 years old and it was filled with literally thousands of people; whereas in the Park there are virtually no businesses and a considerably less amount of people. As for where you were allowed to work, I think your snobby parents were just as ignorant as you are (thus where you get it from). Because no matter where you are, the boardwald is still the boardwalk; there are just as many bars and "cheesy T-shirt shops" near the Fun Town Pier as there are near the Casino, and there were less if not none back then.


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