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Casino Pier devastation post Sandy. Photo :Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen/U.S. Air Force/New Jersey National Guard via wikipedia

 

The Jersey Shore’s Casino Pier in Seaside Heights, NJ has been given the nod to rebuild after Hurricane Sandy devastated the historic amusement seaside park in 2012. [CBS News]

If you remember, the Jet Star roller coaster was thrown off the wrecked pier and into the sea by the Sandy’s force.

Sandy’s wrath launched the roller coaster from its foundations into the sea. Photo via CBS New York

 

This week, the necessary permits to rebuild the roller coaster and a huge 225-foot by 266-foot section of the damaged pier were issued.

Casino Pier photo via Queens Courier

 

CBS News: The Asbury Park Press reported the permit was issued by the state Department of Environmental Protection. It allows the pier’s owners to rebuild a 225-foot by 266-foot section of the pier and move the Sky Ride 160 feet to the north of its current location.

Read more from CBS News  and Asbury Park Press here…

 

by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

Hermione Voyage NYC, July 4, 2015. Photo by Mai Armstrong

 

Yesterday I had the unique opportunity to sail with a 100 vessel flotilla led by Hermione, a replica of Lafayette’s 18th century tall ship.

It was amazing experience but I couldn’t shake a sense of gloom, and it was not due yesterdays grey skies. I couldn’t shake the dark cloud looming over our maritime heritage, as we celebrated and replicated the French ships historical voyage to our shores.

With increasing rapidity, too many of our own beloved historic vessels are buckling under the weight of mounting costs for maintainance, insurance, and rent, assuming you can find a place to berth at all.

The once many stalwart individuals who have worked tirelessly for decades keeping our maritime heritage alive, are dwindling as they tire…

The alarm bells are clanging, but no one hears.

Our piers are being turned into albeit beautiful parks, and our seaport is being turned into towers and ’boutique’ shops, but all too often there is no plan in ‘the plan’ for preserving our maritime heritage. It’s heartbreaking to watch history being forced to fade away.

Each loss is a stab right to the gut.

 

Capt. Pam, Cocoa on tug Pegasus. Photo by Todd Heisler/The New York Times

 

And now, this. Pegasus. Capt. Pamela Hepburn. The legacy wrapped up in these 2 names is boundless. And we are about to lose them both.

The New York Times reported on Friday on the all too familiar plight facing tug Pegasus. It’s bad, really bad, and I quote: “Wouldn’t it be a horrible thing if she ends up in a scrapyard?”

Something has to change. This can’t keep happening.

Read the entire article at the The New York Times here…

 

OpEd by Mai Armstrong. Views expressed in this post are my own.

 

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