thestripedtaco wrote:^ If they can afford to. If insurance does not cover anything I will be interested to see what happens.
I'm not sure why people keep saying this.
Here my take... if these businesses are legit, with smart businesses practices, good insurance, etc, they would have some sort of "emergency" plan created. Especially when you are a park that is built in the ocean. If the come back and say "We can't re-build" I would seriously question that. There are plenty of other examples of parks that have sustained SERIOUS weather damage (it's been mentioned already in this thread) that have re-built and bounced back. (Knoebel's, Kemah, Hershey, Six Flags Over Texas, etc, etc, etc....)
Casino Pier for example, hasn't that place been around for like 75 years? I cannot imagine that in 75 years they never thought about the possibility of the pier being partially destroyed by a hurricane.
Is this is a good business, a SMART business, and it's important to them to move forward, they will. And if anything, the opportunity to market a NEW and IMPROVED pier, probably has some really strong potential for them. And you can bet they'll use the hurricane to their advantage to re-market it too!
When you think about parks that sustained weather damage, and DIDN'T bounce back, like Six Flags New Orleans, for example, you look at the business decisions that into to it. If Six Flags felt it was viable to re-built and re-open that park, they would. But all you heard about were stories how that park suffered, and when it was destroyed, the only effort that was made was "what can we salvage to give to other parks."
I don't believe Six Flags had any interest in bring that park back and if anything, I think they probably used the hurricane as an excuse to get rid of a park they probably didn't want in the first place.
Only time will tell for these Jersey Shore parks. All I know is that they seem to draw a *LOT* of business every summer and I can't imagine they wouldn't be working on a plan RIGHT NOW.
And keep in mind, the types of rides at these parks are usually "carnival rides." It will probably take them longer to clean up and re-build the actual pier than it will be to set up new rides. Guarantee you that ITAL and Rides4U will be knocking on their doors REAL soon...if they haven't already!
Seriously, even though I've been harsh on the coasters specifically getting destroyed, because they were awful, I do hope the parks themselves bounce back, and I'm sure they will if their owners had a good business sense.