SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – Nearly a year and a half after superstorm Sandy, the Jersey Shore is preparing for another summer season.

As WCBS 880’s Jim Smith reported from the boardwalk in Seaside Heights, there is optimism for this second summer post-Sandy.

“We’re all being positive and we’re praying,” said Vincent Storino, a managing member of Casino Pier.

He noted they are leaps and bounds ahead of those bleak days after the Oct. 2012 storm.

“Over the last year and a half, we’ve come tremendous. Where you’re standing right now, a year ago didn’t exist,” Storino said.

But he noted, “it’s not what we had in 2012.”

About 24 rides will be open on Casino Pier this summer, more than there were in 2013.

But the amusement park where the Jet Star Roller Coaster once stood is still not back to full strength, Smith reported.

Storino said the goal is to make the pier whole again.

“There will be some sort of roller coaster, we’re in the works now for multiple phases of plans you’re gonna see over the next couple years,” Storino told Smith.

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