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N.J. roller coaster ruins may become tourist attraction

8:32 AM, Nov 23, 2012   |    comments
SEASIDE HEIGHTS, NJ - NOVEMBER 16: Waves break around a destroyed roller coaster on November 16, 2012 in Seaside Heights, New Jersey. Two amusement piers and a number of roller coasters in the seaside town were destroyed by Superstorm Sandy. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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Seaside Heights Mayor Bill Akers tells WNBC-TV in New York that officials have not made a decision on whether to tear down the coaster. But the mayor says he's working with the Coast Guard to see if the coaster is stable enough to leave it alone because he believes it would make "a great tourist attraction."

Meanwhile, efforts to rebuild the storm-ravaged town are continuing.

Demolition crews have removed the resort's damaged boardwalk. And Akers says construction on a new boardwalk is expected to begin in January and be ready by Memorial Day.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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