SEASIDE HEIGHTS - Casino Pier in Seaside Heights was up and running this weekend for the first time since Superstorm Sandy ravaged the shore.
A total of seven rides were reopened, with 16 more expected to be operating by the end of the summer.
Casino Pier was rebuilt from scratch after Sandy destroyed the boardwalk and the park. The submerged JetStar coaster became one of the most famous sights of the Shore and a symbol of the storm’s destruction in New Jersey.
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Casino Pier owners say they plan to save parts of the roller coaster to create a memorial in its old footprint once the park is fully restored.
The rides open at noon on weekends and 3 p.m. on weekdays.
Owners say they hope to have the park operating at full capacity next year.