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DAYTONA BEACH ROLLER COASTER COMING SOON

Construction might be a bit behind schedule, but the 80-foot support structures for the new roller coaster on the boardwalk at Daytona Beach have been going up over the past several days. The plan is to have the 1600-foot-long ride opened by the second week of July.

Size-wise, the roller coaster won't rival those in the Orlando theme parks, but it's one of the few that you won't have to pay $80 to ride. The charge for a single ride will be $6, or $15 for three rides.

The roughly 40-year-old ride, the former Blue Diamond Streak from Blue Diamond Park in New Castle, Delaware, was in good condition, but the owners had nearly every inch of the steel structure galvanized to protect it from salt, sand and wind. They've spent more than $1 million to purchase and restore the ride.

Construction delays included a permit from the state Department of Environmental Protection that has since been resolved.

The last three truckloads of newly galvanized parts should be delivered by the end of this week, and by Saturday one-third of the ride should be constructed.

 

Photo by Jim Tiller/Daytona Beach News-Journal. View full-sized image.
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