New Jersey Grants Permit to Storm-Ravaged Casino Pier
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Casino Pier in Seaside Heights, New Jersey may have been partially destroyed when Hurricane Sandy hit the area in 2012, but the first steps to a triumpant comeback have been put into place. The state has finally approved a permit for owners to rebuild the amusement park.
As detailed in a report from Daniel Bases of Reuters.com, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection announced Monday that a permit had been issued on July 15 for the reconstruction of the Skyride roller coaster and the damaged portion of the pier.
In addition to the reconstruction of Skyride, the state has approved a slight move for the pier. The local government is allowing park owners to swap a piece of public land for a piece of property north of the new building area.
The property owners — the Storino family purchased the Casino Pier in 2002 — are now permitted to install new pilings for the pier, but the construction likely won’t begin until the local government finalizes the land swap, which reportedly won’t be accomplished until early 2016.
When asked about an estimate for the cost of the reconstruction project, Borough of Seaside Heights Mayor Anthony Vaz told Reuters.com, “It is an estimate, but they (Casino Pier) are going to spend anywhere between $20 million and $40 million to rebuild. That includes construction and land.”
In addition to bringing more money to the local economy, Seaside Heights will eventually take ownership of the 105-year-old carousel at the Casino Pier, which is reportedly worth $1.5 to $2 million.
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