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NJ Roller Coaster Knocked Off Pier By Sandy Could Be Great Tourist Attraction

Seaside Heights Mayor Says He Is Working With To Determine If It's Viable
Waves break in front of a destroyed roller coaster wrecked by Superstorm Sandy on October 31, 2012 in Seaside Heights, New Jersey. (credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Waves break in front of a destroyed roller coaster wrecked by Superstorm Sandy on October 31, 2012 in Seaside Heights, New Jersey. (credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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Superstorm Sandy

SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Superstorm Sandy will be remembered no matter what, but there will undoubtedly be some images that stand out.

One of those images will surely be the remains of a roller coaster in Seaside Heights that was knocked off an amusement pier and partially submerged in the Atlantic Ocean.

Seaside Heights Mayor Bill Akers said the coaster could be left where it is because he believes it could be a great tourist attraction.

Akers, however, said that officials have not made a final decision on whether to tear down the coaster.

The mayor said he is working with the Coast Guard to see if the coaster is stable enough to stay where it is.

Meanwhile, efforts to rebuild the storm-ravaged town are continuing.

Demolition crews have removed the resort’s damaged boardwalk. Akers said construction on a new boardwalk should begin in January and be ready by Memorial Day.

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