For many, the iconic image of the Seaside Heights rollercoaster engulfed by the Atlantic Ocean symbolized Hurricane Sandy’s devastating blow to the Jersey Shore. Now, nearly 6 months later, the region is bouncing back with the help of some royal treatment.

In his recent trip to the United States, Prince Harry met with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to visit some of the areas severely damaged by the storm. The two played boardwalk games, shook the hands of local construction workers and lifted the spirits of residents and businesses in the area.

After a number of blows to his public image, Prince Harry’s trip is good PR for both the Royal Prince, and the once devastated tourist area. As summer approaches, the coverage of this event provides a positive outlook for the community and shows perspective beach-goers that the shore is still Jersey Strong.