Lucy the Elephant reopens at the Jersey Shore following 15-month-long restoration

This story originally appeared on 6abc

Lucy the Elephant had a grand unveiling on Wednesday night in Margate, New Jersey.

The Jersey Shore landmark underwent a 15-month-long exterior restoration to replace the metal skin that had degraded beyond repair.

The project had hiccups along the way, doubling in time and budget.

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But after the $2.4 million restoration, the 65-foot Asian Elephant is now back in action!

“She looks incredible,” said Executive Director Richard Helfant. “We were very busy yesterday with all the excitement. It has been a long, long 15 months.”

Lucy the Elephant is the oldest roadside attraction in the United States and is designated a national historic landmark.


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