I miss Lucy! We’ve been expecting this for a while, and many New Jersey 101.5 staff have written about it or discussed it on the air.
But the time has finally come. According to an article on NJ.com, Lucy the Elephant’s revamp is actually underway. And the sounds of this makeover, like the use of construction machinery, can be heard through the air.
Lucy the Elephant, practically the icon of the Jersey Shore, is about to undergo a $2 million makeover that will make it as good as new.
Lucy was built in 1881 as a tourist attraction and moved to its final location in 1976. Since then, Lucy has been a Jersey Shore staple. I know I spent summers there with my kids, they are childhood photos with pictures of them and Lucy is in the background.
The 6-storey elephant has now stood for over 100 years and it has not been easy to keep the monument a safe place to visit. The wood and metal holding the monument together have begun to deteriorate over the years, in addition to fading the paint; This is understandable with such an old object.
It never seemed like a good time for this renovation as Lucy is quite a popular place, but COVID-19 has slowed life down just enough that now is the perfect time to make Lucy shine again.
The entire project is funded by the Save Lucy Committee in addition to grants from the National Park Service. Lucy will be covered in tarps until all stages are complete and she is ready to be introduced to visitors to the Jersey Shore, hopefully by the end of the summer.
Although it’s annoying that we don’t get our pictures before Lucy this summer, this project guarantees that we’ll have a lifetime to visit Lucy. It is still planned that tours will be available beginning Memorial Day weekend, however many parts of the memorial will be closed. But this summer, when she’s ready, I’ll be there with the grandkids.
The opinions expressed in the post above are those of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Judi Franco only.
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