A Step Closer to Removing Seaside Roller Coaster

An RFP has been issued to construction companies interested in bidding on the removal of the now famous roller coaster.

Casino Pier has taken the first step towards removing its roller coaster that had fallen into the Atlantic Ocean and served as an iconic image of Hurricane Sandy's devastation of the shore, according to Seaside Heights Mayor Bill Akers. 

At a recent council meeting, Akers said Casino Pier's owners had readied a 35-page Request for Proposals package, or RFP, and would be sending it out this week to prospective construction and demolition companies and was ready to start accepting bids to remove partially submerged steel coaster known as the Jet Star. 

Details about the project and its time frame are sparse as the borough's involvement with Casino Pier's reconstruction is limited, Borough Administrator John Camera said. However, Seaside Heights recently approved a bid to rebuild the entire length of its boardwalk and is hoping to have it open to the public by May 10, putting pressure on Casino Pier to follow a similar deadline.

Attempts to reach Casino Pier officials about the coaster's removal were unsuccessful. 

The Jet Star fell into the ocean after the partial collapse of Casino Pier during Hurricane Sandy. The image of the roller coaster in the Atlantic Ocean spread throughout the world on social media sites and was carried by media outlets online, in print and on television.

In the months that have followed Sandy, the coaster has remained standing tall, as if it were constructed from the bottom of the ocean to begin with. 

In the days following Sandy, Akers told NBC 4 New York in an interview that he would have liked to see it stay, saying it would make "a great tourist attraction." He later backed off of those comments.

Recently, the coaster again attracted widespread attention when 38-year-old Christopher Angulo climbed to the top of the steel structure and unfurled a large American flag in, as he told WNBC-TV, "an act of patriotism."

Angulo was able to reach the coaster simply by paddling to it. For his efforts he was arrested and charged with criminal trespassing. 

Though Angulo's actions appear to be isolated, the ease of accessibility to the coaster by water, as well as its precarious footing in the tide of the Atlantic Ocean, have made it necessary to remove the Jet Star. 

charlotte January 21, 2013 at 07:18 PM
It is not the landlords that are the problem - and is unlawful to discriminate. The homelessness problem is a State and County problem that they are dumping on Seaside b/c of the availability of low cost seasonal rentals. The opening of the bars (til all hours) before property owners have been able to safely secure structures makes me question the purpose behind some of these decisions. I hope the bar taxes are going to help support the required police presence.
James Anthony February 06, 2013 at 02:12 AM
James Anthony February 06, 2013 at 02:22 AM
We've had vacation property in SSH since the 80's. In my opinion if the Casino Pier is going to be rebuilt, then they should build it better. It seems to me the owners of the pier took the cheap way out in regards to the rides. The Star Jet was made of I steel, and not the more expensive and smoother tubular steel. same with the mouse. Look at Wildwood. Morey's spears no expense. Those are rides, and tell me that Wildwood doesn't attract more families than Seaside. Seaside has gone down hill. They should gear it more toward families, put in state of the art rides, and close those bars at a normal hour. They have an open slate. Do the right thing. By the way my homes are on Sumner Ave, and M Street. My home just off Ocean Ave was destroyed. I'm selling the lot because of the rif raff late nights during Summer. plus insurance isn't user friendly. I lost $150k. Better attractions equal increased property values
shorefriend February 06, 2013 at 01:10 PM
I heard a suggestion the other day that they should cut up the rollercoaster in small sections and sell it as memorabilia, I personally would love to buy a section have it framed with the image of the Jetstar sitting in the Atlantic. Money could be used for rebuilding purposes! How many others would love to own a piece of this iconic image I wonder?
Don101 February 28, 2013 at 05:22 PM
Joe is right! The original Jet Star was taken down in 2000. For a couple summers there was a helecopter landing pad there and joy rides were given. After a couple yeras a new coaster was put up called the "Star Jet". It's still a crazy sight to see a coaster in the water though...


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