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The piers were up to code, codes vary around the country. I know the use of once in a century is getting thrown out there all too often, but the timing of the northern side of a hurricane hitting at high tide during a full moon combined to create unprecedented and unforseen storm surges from the ocean.


Different owners for each amusement pier at Seaside Heights. The owners names are buried somewhere in all the linked articles. I think the last name of one of the families was Stewart.

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Oh wow. After seeing the pictures of the arcade games having been floated around and looted I wondered what the park looked like. I actually really liked that place for some reason, strange I know, but it had character, or just characters working there and roaming around. Nevertheless it's yet another business that's got a ton of work ahead of it. I hope they recover well.

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If there's one thing America loves, it's a good underdog/comeback story. These piers are getting more attention then they ever have before, because the media, the gp, they all see "roller coaster in the water" and start begging for it to be rebuilt, discussing memories that they had in the same state that roller coaster happened to be in. It could have been El Toro that slipped into the ocean (albeit, physics make it more difficult) or it could have been a dragon wagon, the GP will react the same.


The park will be back, and when it is, people will throw money at it to come experience the amusement pier that rose from the waves.

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The priorities of some people...


"Oh, let's just forget all the lives lost and worry about a couple of crappy roller coasters more"


We're on a theme park forum in a topic called "Hurricane Sandy vs. Roller Coasters." What do you expect?


I just moved to Long Branch two weeks ago, and this storm's effects are still keeping this area paralyzed. I grew up going to places like Seaside, so seeing all this destruction to those awesome boardwalks/piers is really sad. Hopefully they get the funding necessary to rebuild.

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I was referring to the ACErs who thought the coasters were more important than people's lives and property.


I think that no one like that actually exists.


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Keansburg sets date to re-open, this is a good thing.




KEANSBURG — Just days after getting battered by Hurricane Sandy, the co-owner of the Keansburg Amusement Park and Runaway Rapids Waterpark has already set a reopening date: April 8, 2013.


That gives the Gehlhaus Family and its crew five months five months to clear out several feet of sand caked inside the roller coasters and other rides damaged by the estimated 6-foot wall of water that pummeled the 108-year-old amusement park.


About 300,000 people visit the water park, amusement park and concession stands every year. "The clock is ticking and we'll be ready for them," Gehlhaus said with enthusiasm.


Gehlhaus said he and his brother have invested $4 million into the family business over the last 17 years, adding the water park and 30 rides, so they could one day turn it over to the next generation to run.


Rebuilding "will be a challenge," but one he would "attack with a lot of energy," and help from a crew of about 25 so far.


They've already gotten off to a good start. In the past two days, he and his crew have found portions of fence, machinery and pieces of disassembled rides that were stored away for the season.


"We've retrieved almost everything," some of it a half-mile inland on people's yards or alleyways, he said. "Most everything will be cleaned and rehabilitated."


Albert Marine Construction in Waretown also wasted no time in beginning work on restoring Keansburg shoreline.


Just last week, the company had trucked in dredged sand to make 20-25-foot dunes. Sandy washed away all of their work. Two foremen on bulldozers returned Thursday to start over.


"There was three feet of sand inside the rides," said Nick Hauser, one of the foremen. "They got banged up here really bad."

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^Yup, and I'm sure we'll see the other parks follow suit soon. And like I posted earlier, this will create more jobs and more work for people!


I wish I still worked at Zamperla so I could sell replacement Volares to all the damaged parks in New Jersey. That in and of itself would sell out 18 TPR coaches for a trip- right, Elissa?

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Here's my take on this-- 20 percent of the town where my business is located was flooded.. Many of my friends still lack power and heat. I have friends whose cars and possessions were destroyed. People are waiting 3 hours to get gas. My wife's job is still closed a week after the storm. The supermarkets are running bare and tensions are high. All that and , we live on Long Island which was not as affected as coastal New Jersey and Staten Island...


These are just shitty roller coasters. These piers were located inside FEMA flood zones which mean's their business insurance is backed by the federal government. It happened at the best time possible for these piers as they were closed for the year and still have a significant amount of time to rebuild (at least) something before the tourist season starts up again. They will rebuild with newer but, in all likely hood still, mediocre rides.

.For anyone that is truly sad these roller coasters were destroyed has their priorities completely messed up....


-chris "they will rebuild and you will still probably skip over these places" con



Edited to say- Absolutely amazing photos on this thread- I hope people reading this and see destroyed roller coasters can convert those images to how the average person was affected..... Hope everyone reached out to check on people like the moderator "larrygator" who lives in an affected area before they started bitching about the loss of rides.

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^ Agreed. I think, for the most part, everyone here feels exactly the same way. The only people we've heard differently from are those "other organizations" people, and they've only posted here to tell us how horrible it is that we've not concerned about the roller coasters.


And yes, you're right... people have their priorities screwed up...or in short, people are screwed up!


--Robb "And this is why I love our TPR members!" Alvey

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