SEASIDE HEIGHTS - Pier operators have hired a demolition company to remove the roller coaster sitting off Casino Pier in Seaside Heights since Sandy.

Weeks Marine will work with the U.S. Coast Guard to come up with a plan to do it safely.

The roller coaster has become both a tourist attraction and an eyesore as boardwalk business owners struggle to have shops and rides open by Memorial Day weekend. Toby Wolf, spokesman for Casino Pier, says taking care of the salvage in the water is a top priority.

Last week, a hydrographic survey was completed to determine where the roller coaster and other theme park rides that were thrown into the water are sitting on the ocean floor.

Several days of good weather and calm ocean conditions will be needed to complete the job.

Owners hope to have the lower portion of the pier opened this summer, and the upper portion rebuilt by 2014.