Jersey Shore Gets New Roller Coaster Five Years After Hurricane Sandy | NBC Nightly News


ACTION.
A WELCOME SIGHT JUST
IN TIME FOR THE SEASON.
HERE’S NBC’S KEVIN
TIBBLES. >>Reporter: THE
SIGHTS AND SOUNDS AND
SCREAMS OF SUMMER ARE BACK IN SEASIDE
HEIGHTS, NEW JERSEY.
JUST FIVE YEARS AGO SUPERSTORM SANDY
RAVAGED THE JERSEY
SHORE, LEAVING BEHIND SOME $70 BILLION IN
DAMAGE TO HOMES AND
LIVELIHOODS. >>THE ROLLER COASTER
NOW IN THE ATLANTIC
OCEAN. >>Reporter: THE
SWAMPED JET STAR
ROLLER COASTER A MONUMENT TO SANDY’S
DEVASTATION.
>>AS SOMEONE WHO GREW UP HERE, WHAT DID THAT
DO TO YOU?
>>IT WAS PRETTY SHOCKING TO SEE.
IT WAS DEVASTATING.
>>Reporter: FRANK’S FAMILY HAS OPERATED
AMUSEMENTS ON THE
JERSEY SHORE FOR DECADES AND WAS
DETERMINED TO REBUILD.
>>WE KNEW WE HAD A BIG JOB AHEAD OF US.
AND WE WERE SET ON
DOING IT. >>Reporter: THE BEACH
AND BOARDWALK WITH THE
ARCADES AND RIDES RESTORED.
FOR SAFETY REASONS,
STRETCHING ALONG THE SHORE INSTEAD OF OUT
INTO THE OCEAN.
AND REPLACING THE JET STAR, A NEW ICON
HOVERS ABOVE.
THE HYDRUS WITH EVEN MORE TWISTS AND TURNS
THAN THE OLD COASTER.
YOU WERE SITTING BESIDE ME, WHAT DID
YOU THINK?
>>IT WAS REALLY SCARY.
>>Reporter: HE’S
RIGHT. >>WE WERE ALL REALLY
SAD WHEN IT WAS
WRECKED. BUT NOW THAT IT’S
BACK, IT’S REALLY FUN.
>>Reporter: WHILE THE RECOVERY FOR MANY
CONTINUES, THIS NEW
SYMBOL MEANS SOMETHING.
>>WHEN EVERYONE SAW
THE ROLLER COASTER IN THE OCEAN AFTER THE
HURRICANE, IT JUST
KIND OF SYMBOLIZED HOW BAD THINGS WERE, AND
NOW THAT WE SEE
SOMETHING NEW UP, IT JUST SHOWS THAT THE
JERSEY SHORE IS BACK.
>>Reporter: BACK IN