They said it would be the end of us all. They said it would be the death of civilization. But somehow we all survived six seasons of Jersey Shore (the last of which is airing now). Sadly, though, Seaside Heights, New Jersey, the breeding ground for the eight guidos in the greatest sociological experiment of our time, wasn’t so lucky. The town has been completely decimated by Hurricane Sandy.
The photos of the destroyed boardwalk, the toppled Ferris Wheel, and the roller coaster washed out to sea quickly went viral, but there was still one landmark we didn’t know the fate of: the Jersey Shore house. Well, as sure as Snooki gets up after passing out from a bender, the structure still stands unmolested (unlike some of the girls that have been brought through the house) as this photo taken Thursday can attest. Even the Monster energy drink machine right next to it is intact and probably still in working order. They don’t have water, but they always have Monster!
Danny Merk, the guy who played a secondary part on the show and owns the JS house, other properties in Seaside, and the now-famous Shore Store, where the cast worked while in Seaside, wasn’t so lucky with the rest of his businesses. He told ABC News, “My store’s gates are crashed in. There’s no boardwalk. I don’t even understand how bad it is yet.” Merk is currently in Florida but says he’ll be back in NJ trying to put the pieces back together again.
Last night Vinny Guadagnino taped a message that aired before the episode of the show urging viewers to donate to the Red Cross. Let’s hope that everyone from the show can get together and help as much as they can to restore the town that made all of them mighty rich.
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