June 30, 2016 8:38 AM EDT

Not four years ago, the amusement park in Seaside Heights, N.J., was an icon of disaster. Superstorm Sandy shredded the pier in October 2012 and dropped the roller coaster into the Atlantic shallows. The next year brought fire. But a sunny summer Saturday, June 18, found Casino Pier back in form and the Jersey Shore in summer’s warm, sticky embrace.

This appears in the July 11, 2016 issue of TIME.

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