It's one of two piers destroyed in hurricane Sandy where the iconic Ferris wheels seem to be the only thing left standing.
"I think anybody who's ever been to Seaside or grew up here loves this place; this the way I make my living and a lot of other people make their living. They'll be back," arcade worker Helen Stewart said.
It's hard to conceive of how long that could take. Seaside Heights and nearby towns are under martial law.
"We know people are there, we're keeping an eye on them, and they need to stay on their property. If they come off their property to come off the island, then they don't get back on. It'll be a while before anybody gets back on the island until we make it safe," Toms River Police Chief Mike Mastronardy said.
That's upsetting to homeowners who've only seen their barrier island from aerial shots.
The pictures are devastating and they are desperate to find out if their houses are still standing.