It was an unofficial start to summer down the shore marked by a royal visitor — and a turning point in the recovery from Hurricane Sandy.
Prince Harry alongside N.J. Gov. Chris Christie stopped by Seaside Heights Tuesday to tour the Sandy-battered boardwalk and the Jet Star coaster that was washed out to sea.
Hours later the iconic coaster was torn down. It will take until Wednesday to take apart the entire coaster.
Harry toured homes in Mantoloking and then the Seaside Heights boardwalk.
Despite their tremendous loss, Jersey folks are hoping for a new beginning.
“I think it means that people all let the world saw what we went support us,” said Sara Fedak.
Two Middletown, N.J.. sisters got to play on the Seaside Heights boardwalk with Prince Harry.
“He said OK we’re going to win you a prize and he did win me a prize,” said Taylor Cirigliano.