ATLANTIC CITY — The Steel Pier plans to open its new 227-foot high Observation Wheel early next month, despite closing other rides for the season.

Anthony Catanoso, Steel Pier president, said Tuesday construction of the $14 million wheel is finished, but contractors are still working on the deck, which is located under the wheel.

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“It’s something that is going to be open all year,” Catanoso said.

Discussion about the Observation Wheel started in 2011 after the Catanoso family purchased the pier from Trump Entertainment for $4.25 million.

They had been leasing the pier from Trump Entertainment for 18 years before the sale.

The wheel, which was purchased in Italy, features 40 enclosed cars that take passengers on a 16-minute ride. It is expected to draw 50,000 riders per month to take in views of the ocean and Atlantic City skyline from the gondolas.

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Started working in newsrooms when I was 17 years old. Spent 15 years working for Gannett New Jersey before coming to The Press of Atlantic City in April 2015.

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