Friday, April 19, 2013
The big wheel, lopsided and damaged following Sandy, was torn down Thursday.
Funtown's ferris wheel, lopsided and twisted but still standing following Hurricane Sandy, was torn down Thursday as its owners continue the lenghty cleanup of the destroyed amusement pier. The pier, which sits on the border of Seaside Heights and Seaside Park, suffered significant damage during the late-October storm, perhaps even more than Casino Pier, who lost much of its upper deck, including most of its rides. The Star Ledger captured the demolition of the big wheel Thursday with a gallery posted online here. Prior to being taken down, the wheel remained half on pier support pilings and half on the beach, giving it a precarious, tilted look, though town officials made assurances that it was stable enough. With its colored and battered…
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Demolition continues on Seaside Height's Funtown Pier, which was destroyed during Hurricane Sandy.
Just a short walk down the debris-littered beach in Seaside Heights, work is underway on Casino Pier. Despite the presence of a roller coaster still sitting in the ocean, positive reconstruction has been going on for several months. Officials even say they plan on reopening a portion of the pier, along with some rides, by Memorial Day. It's a different story at Funtown Pier. The amusement rival remains a wreck following Hurricane Sandy's arrival at the resort town in late October. The pier, which arguably received more damage during the storm than Casino Pier, is in disarray. Large portions of it have been removed, though what remains will also likely have to go. The pier's most prominent feature, its Ferris wheel, sits half on its …
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Officials hoping project will begin this summer from Manasquan to Barnegat inlets
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- Daniel Nee
Thursday, March 14
Oceanfront homeowners between Manasquan and Barnegat inlets are being urged to sign easements necessary for a beach renourishment project to get off the ground by May 1, officials said Thursday. U.S. Rep Jon Runyan (R-3) wrote to the mayors of a number of northern Ocean County municipalities this week urging them to secure all necessary easements for the massive dune and beach project by May 1, the date the Army Corps of Engineers must submit a work plan to Congress. The project's design – which would include the construction of approximately 25-foot high dunes, 75 foot wide berms and 175 acres of dune grass in the project area – was completed in 2007, but has languished after some oceanfront homeowners refused to sign easements that would…
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Saturday's St. Patrick's Day parade in Seaside Heights was more than just a celebration of the holiday.
A lonely kind of place. That's how Ginnie Kenney described Seaside Heights in the months following Hurricane Sandy. She said she and her neighbors were expecting visitors to hopefully return to the resort town in June, but she was more optimistic. With the borough working hard at restoration following the storm's devastation, Kenney said she believed St. Patrick's Day was a more likely possibility. On Saturday, tens of thousands of visitors lined the green-stripped Boulevard in Seaside Heights for the borough's annual St. Patrick's Day parade, the first time its welcomed the public back in full since the storm. Though the boardwalk is just pilings, the former boards being washed away, and though many homes and businesses are still …
Saturday, March 9, 2013
The borough held its first major public event since Hurricane Sandy.
Thousands of people crowded the borough's streets, angling through the mass for a position with a decent view. Revelers hung out on motel balconies or behind metal barricades, cheering with the arrival of every beverage. For blocks surrounding the boulevard, drivers circled around, struggling to find a place to park. Welcome back, Seaside. On Saturday, Seaside Heights hosted its annual St. Patrick's Day parade, welcoming tens of thousands of visitors to enjoy the family-friendly event and witness the shore's ongoing reconstruction efforts. With the boardwalk still being installed after being destroyed and many homes and businesses still gutted from Hurricane Sandy, crowds marched down the green-striped Boulevard, resuming an annual …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
The borough is hoping to award a bid for seawall construction at its next council meeting.
Perhaps they'll call it the Snooki Seawall. Seaside Heights is moving forward with its plan to construct a seawall the entire length of its boardwalk and is hoping to fund the entire project with money raised by MTV's Restore the Shore telethon, according to borough Mayor Bill Akers. Though a bid has not yet been awarded for construction - Akers said the borough would like to award a bid as soon as its next council meeting - it's estimated the seawall would cost about $1 million, the same amount promised to the Hurricane Sandy-battered borough by MTV. The money was raised during a November telethon featuring the "stars" of several MTV reality shows, most notably the crew from "Jersey Shore." Beloved by orange-toned grenades and gorillas …
Friday, February 15, 2013
Reconstruction work on Seaside Heights' new boardwalk begins with some pile driving.
Construction of Seaside Heights' new boardwalk is underway. Crews are currently installing 25-foot long wooden pilings to help support the new boards. In all, more than 1,500 pilings are expected to be installed. The actually process of installing pilings is relatively simple - following the planning, measuring and surveying, that is. A large drill bores deep into the beach while a second heavy machine lowers the pilings into place while its pile driver attachment hammers it into the ground. About 64 pilings are expected to be installed each day. Seaside's boardwalk is expected to be rebuilt on or before May 10.
Crews are drilling the sand and inserting pilings 25 feet into the ground to support the resort town's new boardwalk.
Construction crews were out in Seaside Heights Friday morning for the first day of work rebuilding the shore town's popular boardwalk. The first step of the process is drilling deep into the beach and inserting 25-foot long wooden pilings that will support the boardwalk. Officials hope the pilings, which are drilled 10 feet below sea level, will help keep the boardwalk intact during future storms. Much of the boardwalk was destroyed during Hurricane Sandy. What was left was removed and hauled away, a necessary process prior to reconstruction of nearly the entire length of the boardwalk. The entire boardwalk will require an estimated 1,500 pilings, according to Seaside Heights Administrator John Camera. A foreman on hand for the first day …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
The Seaside Heights amusements pier has been stripped, partially demolished, but restoration is in progress.
It's hard to see the improvement at Casino Pier following its destruction at the hands of Hurricane Sandy. But, it's what you don't see that let's you know work is being done. The Seaside Heights attraction is nearly empty. All of the amusements and rides that remained on the pier following Sandy have been taken down, piece-by-piece, and carted away, some to storage, some to the scrap yard. The log flume, half of it having fallen into the ocean, is gone. The Wild Mouse rollercoaster has been taken down and hauled away. The buildings that housed concessions and games have been torn down. A few remnants remain, including the Jet Star coaster, still sitting in the water. Soon, that will be gone too. It's stark right now; the pier is almost …
Friday, January 18, 2013
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 …