People ride the new Hydrus coaster during an outing at Casino Pier in Seaside Heights, N.J.

With a gleaming new roller coaster towering above the boardwalk, one Jersey Shore amusement park is hoping this Memorial Day weekend will herald a new beginning.
Nearly five years after Superstorm Sandy ravaged Casino Pier and dumped its old coaster into the ocean, the park in Seaside Heights, N.J., has big hopes for its Hydrus ride, which opened earlier this month.
“It’s going to bring so many people and families back and that’s what Seaside needs,” Casino Pier spokeswoman Maria Mastoris told “It’s going to be a huge push to getting the tourists back this year.”
The neon green and blue roller coaster carries riders up and over a near-seven-story vertical plunge and whips them through a loop.
The Storino family, owners of Casino Pier, said in a statement that opening the new ride was “a very big moment” The New York Times reported. “We can now say we are fully back and …