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PHOTOS: Mantoloking, Seaside Roller Coaster Up Close; Future Plotted For Shore Beaches

Legislators get tour of Shore destruction

Members of New Jersey's General Assembly toured Ocean County communities devastated by Superstorm Sandy Thursday.

The tour, led by State Police Superintendent Col. Rick Fuentes, along with local officials, gave lawmakers and members of the press an up-close look at what Sandy left behind – including the remnants of the Seaside Heights boardwalk and the now-iconic Jet Star roller coaster, which dropped from Casino Pier to the ocean during the storm.

Casino Pier will be repaired in what is estimated to be a $45 million project, Seaside Heights Police Chief Thomas Boyd said, and the roller coaster will be removed from the ocean floor.

Funtown Pier in nearby Seaside Park, is in the preliminary stages of assessing the damage with its insurance company, owner Bill Major said in an e-mail.

"Funtown Pier would love nothing more to rebuild and operate the Funtown Pier that has been the tradition of our community for many decades," said Major. "In the next few weeks we will have a better time line and more detail of the future on Funtown."

Though there was talk of allowing the roller coaster to stay in the water as a tourist attraction, those plans have been abandoned. The first step in removing the roller coaster – and ensuring what remains of Casino Pier is stable – is having divers inspect the area, which should happen soon, said Boyd.

In Seaside Heights, much of the boardwalk debris has been cleared, and crews are already preparing the area for a new boardwalk to be constructed.

"We'll rebuild the boardwalk, all the debris will be cleaned up," said Boyd.

Boyd estimated it will be another month, or longer, before residents can repopulate Seaside Heights on a permanent basis.

Just north of Seaside Heights, the Ortley Beach section of Toms River Township was dealing with its own storm woes.

"This is the area that most people say was Ground Zero for Hurricane Sandy," said Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastronardy.

The popular, oceanfront night spot Joey Harrison's Surf Club was literally ripped to shreds, along with adjacent houses. About 300 dump trucks filled with sand are shoring up the area's dunes each day.

Mastronardy said cleanup also continues on the bay side of Ortley Beach.

Progress was also continuing in Mantoloking, where a breach formed a new inlet near Herbert Street. Crews were in the process of laying new natural gas lines and building what will eventually be a restored Route 35 north.

The legislators also got an up-close look at the devastated Camp Osborn neighborhood in Brick, where about 60 homes burned to the ground during Sandy, presumably due to natural gas fires.

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Update: This story was updated Friday, Nov. 30 with additional, new information from Funtown Pier's owner.

~Barb~ November 30, 2012 at 07:46 PM
That's not exactly true Ken. Race riots in 1970 drove people away. The town fell into a state of disarray. In return, property values plummeted. The city government "redevelopment plan" did nothing...remember the 12 story eyesore? 1991 - 2006. It took innovate entrepreneurs to resuscitate Asbury. It's on it's way back, albeit slowly.
Billabong November 30, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Thanks for the info Dan. Keep up the good work.
RhondaVW November 30, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Daniel, Could you possibly forward the below link to Mr. Major and Funtown Pier? http://tinyurl.com/HCB-Boardwalk We have been working on the design for a new Sandy-proof boardwalk structure to replace Ocean City's boardwalk when the time comes but engineering is applicable to a pier like Funtown's as well.
Ken G November 30, 2012 at 07:53 PM
@Barb, yes sorry for not being specific (I wrote that in the morning haha). What I was referencing was after the race riots the attempt to make Asbury more "Family Friendly" by making it exclusive to families and trying to hide the nightlife such as the LGBT activities. Combined with failed Condos "re-developments" it led Asbury into a downfall which all know of. Yes, it's very beautiful now, and the crowds are back, and people are nice. But if we let families in and stop the others, as much as i dislike "Bennies", they do keep the economy moving.
lifelonginbrick November 30, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Hmmmm how exactly do you determine who the "dirtbags" are? Are you basing it on skin color, clothes, no kids in car? Just curious.
lifelonginbrick November 30, 2012 at 08:05 PM
"no foreigners?" - wow next you will advocate arm bands and goose stepping. I'm finding a lot of comments on this board to be kinda of troubling.
Glo November 30, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Great Pics........Something we'll never forget..........God Bless You!
lifelonginbrick November 30, 2012 at 08:32 PM
After reading all the comments I find it striking that there is not one comment questioning IF a new pier should be rebuilt or development allowed so close to the water at all. Shouldn't this be an opportunity to rebuild smartly with an eye out for future storms and disasters that are sure to happen again? Seems most are just worried about letting people in that don't look like themselves. I can't be the only one a little troubled by all the calls to keep the "dirtbags" or "lowlifes" out with checkpoints. I can think of few things more disturbing then to find that I live in a country where a cop will stop me and shine a light into my car to make some shallow observation based on looks if I seem like the "right" kind of person to be allowed in a PUBLIC place.
jerseyswamps November 30, 2012 at 08:33 PM
The eligibility manual for social entitlements is inches thick. I can't get it all in a few sentences. A person or family could qualify for some programs but not others. Some have stricter eligibility requirements. A family could qualify for Sec.8 but make too much to receive TANF or GA. But if they have no income and qualify for say TANF then they will meet the financial eligibility requirements for Sec.8. There's a formula for how much they have to contribute for their share of Sec. 8 or rental assistance which is a completely different program that pays most of a client's rent. Many factors can change the proportion they have to pay. I've had many clients on welfare and Sec. 8 for years. Some had to contribute only a few dollars a month but still managed to blow it and get evicted for non payment. Even with unreported income. Perhaps your relative was honest and used the program as it was intended. Too many do not. Enough. This article is about rebuilding the shore. Obama won. Entitlements for all!
wookfish November 30, 2012 at 08:45 PM
No more handouts...stop the maddness. Why must those that have be forced to share? It's mine, i made it ,you cannot have what i do not choose to give.
lifelonginbrick November 30, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Does anyone know how the little place The 3 C's in Seaside Park made out? It was a great little hole in the wall that has wonderful breakfasts.
BN November 30, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Dirtbags tend to be the ones hanging out on the porch drinking malt liquor and dealing crack. They fail to keep up their property, and the police are frequently called to their homes for domestic violence disputes. And what the hell is a "LGBT activity"? Do they not eat the same food or enjoy the same concerts and summer activities as straights? Oh, you must be referring to "pridefest". Well, nobody wants to watch grown men wearing BVD's, angels wings, and a tiara parading through town. This is ridiculous.... http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=0_BMpaGZNtU&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D0_BMpaGZNtU
WMS826 December 01, 2012 at 12:43 AM
That place was totally destroyed.
Dusty December 01, 2012 at 02:17 AM
I enjoy Seaside too. On the Boardwalk by 8 out by 10:30 ish, usually nice family crowd and much more enjoyable than some other no fun zones in Ocean County.
Youarekiddingright December 01, 2012 at 01:18 PM
I do too. Like you said about 10:30 the family crowd leaves. I don't mind fun for all ages but it has grown out of control. I would not want it to turn into BAY Head, it would be boring. All though I would like to clean it up a bit. Get rid of the disgusting pre graduation parties and out of control bar scenes that end up in the hotels and houses that grew beyond sleaze. Pretty bad when kids from other towns that has their share of problems in their own towns realize this is out of control and asking their parents to pick them up. Put in more upscale restaurants and bars mixed up with the usual boardwalk fun. More will come and lots of money to be made. Seaside will hit the jackpot.
Jack December 01, 2012 at 05:21 PM
ANYONE FROM SSH SEASIDE RESIDENTS LETS GET TOGETHER AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE With a large group, we can invite the media. Start making the town the way it should be before many good people abandon the town due to the neglect of its laws and lack of respect for its people. Close the bars early Enforce the ordinances for noice and health The time is now Contact me LETS MARCH TO CITY HALL AND DEMAND A CHANGE AFTER THE NEW YEAR
cw1234 December 02, 2012 at 02:53 AM
Why wouldn't the insurance company?
suz December 02, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Sorry, but it is a fact that section 8 brings down real estate values and creates crime.
Lucie47 December 02, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Seems to me the "scum" is what descends upon us during the summer. "Scum" are the trash that the "Jersey Shore" program draws to the area. "Scum" is what pours out of the bars in Seaside. I'll take the section 8 bunch over the North Jersey summer trash anyday.
Lucie47 December 02, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Seaside Park is the only decent area of the borough. Even when I was a kid in the 70s, Seaside Heights had reputation. We were allowed to run all over the boardwalk in the Park, but not the heights. Even when I got my first job .... I was allowed to work near Funtown but not Casino Pier,. Long Branch did a nice job with their pier. Maybe this is what the Funtown owners have in mind ... more of an upscale beach-club atmosphere. Let the bar crowd and cheesy T-shirt shops and rides stay up at Casino. Seaside Park will have a different image. Just my thoughts.
Lucie47 December 02, 2012 at 07:04 PM
I'd advise you to use caution when sterotyping "section 8" people. Maybe you haven't noticed, but the "Great Recession" has made "section 8" people out of many upstanding, decent people who lost their jobs and ultimately their homes. Go to a food pantry and don't be shocked if you find your neighbors or family members on line there. As far as your blanket statements about welfare and food stamps, have you any idea how DIFFICULT it is to qualify for that sort of help? You have to have NOTHING. My daughter is developementally disabled. She has the intellect of a four year old and cannot speak. She lives in a group home and works two .... TWO .... jobs ( ground maintenance and food preparation. ) Half of her income goes back to the state. The rest is divided between household needs and personal needs. Guess what? There is no free ride.
Lucie47 December 02, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Well, I'll tell ya what, jerseyswamps .... When you hit 65 ( if you haven't already ), you show 'em what a Patriot you are and REFUSE to accept Medicare and / or Social Security. You tell 'em that * you don't need no stinking entitlements.* Nice to know you hold your "clients" in such high regard and care about their best interests. Seems to me you make your living servicing the very people you disdain.
Lucie47 December 02, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Okay ... well, grab a hammer and nails, because I don't want my taxes or insurance premiums be used to repair the house that you chose to build near the water.
wookfish December 02, 2012 at 11:07 PM
hold on there lucy, swamps PAID into Medicare and SS..he/she has earned the right to access those benefits unlike the lazy,drug infected section8's that winter over in SSH on OUR tax dollars.
lifelonginbrick December 03, 2012 at 12:40 PM
I'm heartbroken to hear that. It was a ritual for me to stop there early in the morning on the way to the beach. The people there were always so nice. I hope they pull out of this okay and are able to rebuild if not there then somewhere else.
Common Sense in Silverton December 03, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Well Lucie, I suggest you call up your local Senator and Representative about that since FEMA is really only helping those who didn't have the foresight to purchase flood insurance. They returned my phone calls and politely informed me that since I had flood insurance, they wouldn't be helping and I should file an insurance claim. In life, there are people who have bad luck, and there are people who make poor life choices. Perhaps you should focus on some of the leeches in the latter category and not harp on those trying to recover from the former.
mjmjr December 05, 2012 at 09:43 AM
REMEMBER PEOPLE,ITS ALL ABOUT MONEY.GREED AND MONEY,IT WILL NEVER CHANGE.
dr d December 10, 2012 at 01:19 AM
MJMJR - You are obviously from Kansas or Mississippi or something! IF you spent much time there you would know "It is all about Family and Memories" You Asshole!
chris December 11, 2012 at 04:23 PM
most of us spent our childhoods on seaside/ other beaches in new jersey, they will eventually be rebuilt. I just love how everyones getting so cocky and anxious about it talking about scum on seaside and how much nj's gonna pay/ insurance companies...we may have lost some memories ...but ALOT of people have lost homes and things you can't replace. They'll figure out what theyre rebuilding, and what not but they should worry about the people who've lost almost everything first. Everyone just needs to be patient, the hurricane was like two friggen months ago why dont you give it a year or two and then start bitching ??? LOL and btw no one even went to seaside anymore bc of the jerseyshore cast and how scummy it was, and guidos, not to mention everyone called it sleezside and it turned into tourist land / the prices of everything got jacked up after it got big. LBI all the way !
PatrickL December 12, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Lucie47, it is the ignorant people like you that give Seaside Heights such a "bad reputation." First off, The Borough of Seaside Park and the Borough of Seaside Heights are two separate municipalities, they are not decent and indecent "areas" of the same borough. Second, during the 60's and 70's, Seaside Heights was at the height of its GOOD reputation as the number one place for family fun along the Jersey Shore. Perhaps you weren't allowed to run all over the boardwalk in the Heights because you were 10 years old and it was filled with literally thousands of people; whereas in the Park there are virtually no businesses and a considerably less amount of people. As for where you were allowed to work, I think your snobby parents were just as ignorant as you are (thus where you get it from). Because no matter where you are, the boardwald is still the boardwalk; there are just as many bars and "cheesy T-shirt shops" near the Fun Town Pier as there are near the Casino, and there were less if not none back then.

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