Rai Fox wrote:They must have pretty high expectations for a family coaster, if they're doing that much extra work for it. I hope it's as good as they seem to think it will be!
I think the re-configuring of the pier has much less to do with their expectations for the ride and much more to do with the fact that space is limited and this is a permanent installation (as opposed to Flitzer/Doo Wopper/Rollies which were moved around), this also has a larger footprint than those three (maybe not Rollies...). Moving a bunch of stuff around to make something new fit, especially something this large, is not out of the ordinary for Moreys. They've done it a bunch as they don't really have a choice.
I'm more excited about the changes coming to the pier than the ride itself but as the idea that its coming settles in more over time, I think its going to be a hit - WW folks are going to go gaga for the theme and I think Moreys will pull that off well. It won't have some zip like Flitzer but it'll be great for parents to ride with their kids who aren't yet tall enough for the Vekomas and Great White. As an uncle to a turning-6-this-summer nephew, I'm sure he'll love this. And ya never know - the first drop might have some great air in the back row (not holding my breath).
WILDWOOD — The City Commission last month approved a master plan that calls for a $64.5 million complete Boardwalk reconstruction. “The Wildwood Boardwalk is nearly 100 years old and is failing in many respects,” the plan said. The city is seeking funding from the state. The plan argues that revenue generated from tourism taxes for the state comes largely from the Boardwalk. “I pray to God, and I am hopeful that (the funding) comes to fruition because there is no way I can tax the people,” Mayor Ernie Troiano said. The city engineer has recommended a phased approach to reconstruction:
Oak Avenue to 26th Avenue: $25.5 million
Montgomery Avenue to Schellenger Avenue: $20.7 million
Cresse Avenue to Burk Avenue: $18.3 million
All infrastructure, including fiber optics, sanitary sewer and water piping, will be replaced and upgraded, the plan states. The Boardwalk would be rebuilt with a concrete understructure and hardwood decking. The project would begin in the fall if the money is available, the plan states. The city administrator met with the executive director of the Assembly majority office in December. Authorizing legislation for the money could be passed in the early part of this year, according to the plan. State Sen. Bob Andrzejczak, whose district includes Wildwood, could not be reached for comment Tuesday. If the city receives the money, it would immediately start planning reconstruction.
The city will continue its efforts to obtain money for reconstruction from other sources to alleviate the local taxpayers of this expense, the plan states. Any renovation of the Boardwalk that would enhance the tourism experience, the Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce is in favor of, said Tracey DuFault, the organization’s executive director. “If grant money is available out there for that, we are thrilled, thrilled, to have that come our way. It’s much needed,” DuFault said.
The Boardwalk is one of the top reasons people visit the Wildwoods, DuFault said, adding the beach is the No. 1 reason.
“We have very large investments up on the Boardwalk with the Morey organization and the piers and Splash Zone. The Boardwalk comes to life during the summer,” DuFault said. The Boardwalk needs to be taken care of, and DuFault said last week she was waiting for the final draft of the master plan to come to her. Besides spelling out the need for a complete Boardwalk reconstruction, the master plan details what the city has been doing to keep the Boardwalk usable in the meantime, including demolishing and rebuilding two ramps. Over the past three years, the city has bonded about $100,000 annually to fund major repairs, the master plan said.
I hope this passes. The boardwalk is well cared for, but over time that understructure wears out. A lot of states are beginning to realize now after decades of adding new pavement on top of existing highways, that eventually the core crumbles and it has to be replaced entirely. Missouri's been doing that with some of our highways recently.
If they do this right, it should last another hundred years. The plan they have sounds like they're doing it right.
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