N.J. Ocean Roller Coaster to be Dismantled as Prince Harry Visits

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
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Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.
May 13, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

N.J. Ocean Roller Coaster: A roller coaster that has sat in the ocean since Hurricane Sandy struck New Jersey and New York on Oct. 30, 2012 will be dismantled on May 14, hours after Prince Harry of Britain visits Seaside Heights.

The JetStar roller coaster will be removed after 2 p.m., with representatives of Casino Pier, where the roller coaster is, to explain the removal operation, according to the New Jersey Star-Ledger.

“For us, it would be progress to have it out,” said Toby Wolf, spokeswoman for the Casino Pier, where the coaster was situated above the Atlantic Ocean. “We want to be able to move forward and move on and get everything going toward a recovery. That’s been our goal since the beginning.”

Work crews will work around the clock to remove the coaster. Work is expected to take several days. Officials want it done before Memorial Day weekend.

The job includes removing almost 100,000 square feet of the pier that either plunged in the ocean or was badly damaged. 

Prince Harry, meanwhile, as part of his tour of the United States, will visit Hurricane Sandy victims in New Jersey, including Seaside Heights. 

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.