Monday, May 20, 2024

Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce ranks 10th on NJBIZ list of New Jersey's Top Chambers of Commerce


PRESS RELEASE

WILDWOOD, NJ - The Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce (GWCOC) proudly announces its ranking as the 10th chamber of commerce on the NJBIZ list of New Jersey's Top Chambers of Commerce, based on the number of New Jersey Business Members. 

This recognition reflects the Chamber's commitment to serving the business community of The Wildwoods and its dedication to promoting various events throughout the shoulder seasons. 

In addition to supporting the local businesses, the GWCOC is the driving force behind several renowned shoulder season events in the Wildwoods, including The Wildwoods 50s, '60s, & '70s Weekend, The Wildwoods Food and Music Festival, The Wildwoods Spring Fling Festival, and The Wildwoods Restaurant Showcase. 

The Wildwoods Holiday Shopping Village, initiated during the COVID-19 pandemic to support small businesses facing challenges with indoor shopping, has become a significant event held on the first Saturday after Thanksgiving, also known as Small Business Saturday. 

Tracey DuFault, Executive Director of GWCOC, expressed pride in the Chamber's achievement, stating, "The Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce is honored to be recognized as one of New Jersey's top chambers. Our dedicated volunteers and staff work tirelessly to support the businesses in The Wildwoods. We encourage all Wildwoods businesses to join our organization because working together is growing together. We are only as strong as our membership and working together we can achieve great things." 

What to Expect for the North Wildwood Emergency Management Beach Nourishment Dredging Project


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NORTH WILDWOOD - Next week, the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) will begin work on the Emergency Beach Nourishment Dredging Project to replenish the North Wildwood beaches thanks to the efforts of Governor Phil Murphy. 

Construction will be taking place in the beginning of the summer season, so we wanted to provide residents and visitors with some details about what to expect over the days and weeks ahead. Project preparation is underway and H & L Contracting and Great Lakes Dredge and Dock (GLDD), the contractor and sub-contractor for the NJDOT, are expected to begin mobilizing equipment the week of May 20. 

Once they have their equipment on site, they plan to begin pumping sand during or before the first week of June. The contractors currently intend to pump sand on the beach at 7th Avenue, proceeding South to North, wrapping around the jetty at 2nd Avenue and John F. Kennedy Blvd. Once this section is complete, it is expected that the contractor will return to 7th Avenue, continuing south. 

As the project is ongoing, the contractors are planning to work in approximately 1,000-foot increments along the beach. This means that when they are working in a certain section, it will be CLOSED to public access. The ongoing sections of construction will be denoted with posts and signs stating that the area is CLOSED. 

NJDOT intends to work with the contractor to open sections of beach in order to provide the public with access as soon as is safely feasible. Members of our Police Department and Beach Patrol will be patrolling these sections to keep the public from accessing these areas. Even if a section of the beach does not appear to be under construction, there may still be dredge pipes laying across the beach. 

Thursday, May 16, 2024

The Wildwoods' Island Shuttle Service returns Memorial Day Weekend


Service from Diamond Beach to North Wildwood and everywhere in between... 

PRESS RELEASE

THE WILDWOODS – The Wildwoods' Island Shuttle Service returns for the 2024 summer season starting Memorial Day weekend, Friday, May 24 and ending Sunday, September 15. 

The shuttle is scheduled to run weekends only from Friday, May 24 to Sunday, June 23, with service available on Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., and Sunday from 5 p.m. to midnight. 

Starting Monday, June 24, service will expand to a seven-day-a-week schedule through Sunday, September 1, with service available Sunday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to midnight and Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. 

From Friday, September 6 through Sunday, September 15, shuttles will again operate on weekends only on Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., and Sunday from 5 p.m. to midnight. 

The service is made possible through a cooperative agreement with the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Authority and the three municipalities of the Wildwoods; The Borough of Wildwood Crest, the City of Wildwood and the City of North Wildwood, all sharing in the cost to bring this service to the Wildwoods as a convenient amenity for their visitors. 

Visitors will be able to hop aboard the convenient Jitneys to be transported to the Wildwoods Boardwalk or bars and nightclubs in the North Wildwood Entertainment District and everywhere in between. 

“The Wildwoods Island Shuttle offers a hassle-free mode of transportation for exploring the Wildwoods. This visitor amenity ensures convenient access to all the attractions the Wildwoods have to offer,” said Mayors Don Cabrera, Wildwood Crest; Ernie Troiano, City of Wildwood; and Patrick Rosenello, City of North Wildwood, in a joint statement. 

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

The Wildwoods "Bikeability": Endless Options for Traversing the Island via Pedal Power


Whether on two wheels, three wheels or four, via the Boardwalk or the Bike Path, there are so many ways to enjoy biking in the Wildwoods...

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THE WILDWOODS – Bike riding is a favorite pastime at the Jersey Shore, and no town seems to do biking better – or offer more options on where to bike or how – than the Wildwoods. The Wildwoods have coined the word ‘Bikeability’ to capture all of the amazing opportunities for biking by the beach. 

Bicycle Rentals of All Kinds 

Don’t worry if you had to leave your bikes at home to make room for your beach chairs! Bikes of all kinds and associated equipment can be rented at reasonable rates from many bike rental shops throughout the Wildwoods – and most open at 6 a.m. for those interested in a Boardwalk biking excursion. If it’s on two or more wheels – you can likely rent it here in the Wildwoods! 

Bike rentals in the Wildwoods include electric bikes, or e-bikes. With minimal pedal power, you can travel for miles on a single charge and hardly break a sweat! For the more traditional cyclist, there are a variety of two-wheeled bicycles, including single-speed or multi-speed cruisers for adults in 24” and 26” heights; and the fun-to-ride fat bikes, along with traditional models. Adult trikes are also available – for a fun ride that’s a bit less risky than two wheels. 

Biking with the kids? The rental shops have you covered with kids’ bikes, with and without training wheels, in 16” and 20” heights, along with Tag-Alongs, child seats, and trailers that attach to any adult bike, for those too young to pedal on their own. 

The Wildwoods welcome visitors & kick off Summer 2024 with jam-packed Memorial Day Weekend Events ~ Friday, May 24 - Monday, May 27


The Wildwoods kick off the unofficial start of Summer 2024 with the Unlocking of the Ocean ceremony on Friday, May 24 at 12 pm...

PRESS RELEASE

THE WILDWOODS – The Wildwoods are kicking off the summer season and welcoming visitors to enjoy the best of the Jersey shore, and a whole lot more, during Memorial Day Weekend. 

Memorial Day Weekend in the Wildwoods is jam-packed with island wide events and happenings, taking place Friday, May 24 through Monday, May 27, as well as Memorial Day remembrance ceremonies. 

Events include: 


Official Unlocking of the Ocean Ceremony 
Friday, May 24 @ 12 pm 

It’s time to get your feet sandy – the fun begins at 12 pm on Friday, May 24 on the beach at Andrews Avenue next to the Wildwoods Convention Center. State, county and local tourism and city officials, dignitaries, guest speakers, and the island’s second grade students will participate in the ceremony to officially unlock the ocean with the Wildwoods’ large, ornate ‘W’ key. Colorful kites will serve as the backdrop as the International Kit Festival simultaneously gets underway. Members of the Media are invited to take part in the day’s activities by flying kites to kick off the International Kite Festival immediately following the Unlocking Ceremony. This event is FREE to attend, and everyone is welcome. 

For more information call 609-729-9000 or visit www.WildwoodsNJ.com

Monday, May 13, 2024

The PigDog Beach Volleyball Classic returns to the Wildwoods beaches ~ June 1-2


PRESS RELEASE

THE WILDWOODS - The PigDog Beach Volleyball Classic will serve up some top-notch volleyball action on the Wildwoods beaches Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2, 2024. 

Featured courts will be located at Morey’s Piers’ PigDog Beach Bar, located on the beach between Oak and Maple Avenues. There’s an opportunity for players of all ages and abilities to bump, set, and spike in the shadow of America’s largest seaside amusement park. Divisions range from recreational to top-tier, youth through adult, and doubles as well as teams of six players. 

The PigDog Beach Volleyball Classic was brought to the Wildwoods by Great American Volleyball, which was established in 2002 and developed into one of the premier volleyball tours in the country and the largest on the eastern seaboard. 

The organization that started with just a few beach volleyball tournaments has now grown into having a full season of beach and grass tournaments, leagues for players of every experience level and youth programs at locations all over the state of New Jersey. 

Top level players will compete for prize money and all lower divisions play for merchandise prizes. Play begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m. each day. Spectators are welcome to view the event free of charge. The best access to the check in tents is from the boardwalk at Oak Avenue/North of Mariner’s Pier. 

For more information, call 732-778-9684 or visit GreatAmericanVolleyball.com

For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit www.WildwoodsNJ.com or call 800-992-9732.

Thursday, May 9, 2024

The Wildwoods are excited to announce two exciting youth basketball tournaments ~ June 1 & 2 and June 8 & 9


PRESS RELEASE

THE WILDWOODS - The Wildwoods welcome exciting youth basketball tournaments during back-to-back weekends - Friday & Saturday, June 1 & 2 and Friday & Saturday, June 8 & 9.

The Jersey Shore's Premier Basketball Tournaments, presented by DEVELUP Hoops, have often been called "The Season's Best Weekend of Basketball" on the island. 

These high-profile events have left a huge impact across the Northeast. See the region's top program competitions at one of the hottest spots for families during the summer months - the Wildwoods!

Hoop Island, USA Basketball Tournament
Friday & Saturday, June 1 & 2

The Hoop Island, USA Basketball Tournament will be held June 1 and 2 for Girls and Boys Youth Divisions, U10 and up. It is the Jersey Shore's Largest Premier Basketball Tournament, with over 120 teams participating, traveling from 9 different states. Games will be played in first class facilities throughout the island, minutes from each other, and close to the beach and the world famous Wildwoods Boardwalk.

Beach Jam Basketball Tournament
June 8 & 9

The Beach Jam Basketball Tournament will be held June 8 & 9 for Youth Divisions for Boys, U10 and up. It is the second part of DEVELUP Hoops' summer tournament series, the Jersey Shore's Premier Basketball Tournament. Over 100 teams are expected for this year's event. Games will be played in first class facilities throughout the island, minutes from each other, and close to the beach and the world famous Wildwoods Boardwalk.

DEVELUP Hoops was born out of the idea that local programs around the United States need events that are fun, professional and, most importantly, provide a diversity of experiences where players can shape their game and improve at a rapid rate.

For more information, visit www.DevelupHoops.com or call 609-780-0938.

For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit www.WildwoodsNJ.com or call 800-992-9732.

Enjoy the Calming Effect of "Beach Therapy" in the Wildwoods


Basking in the sun, feeling the sand between your toes, and diving into the surf invigorates the mind, body, and soul...

PRESS RELEASE

THE WILDWOODS – The Wildwoods provide a serene escape from fast-paced lifestyles, and invite visitors to rest, relax, and recharge with the calming effects of Beach Therapy. 

Those in need of a little self-care can simply kick back in a beach chair, or stretch out on their towel, to absorb the undeniable benefits of a day on the beach, as the calming effects of the waves and sun help to relieve stress. There’s truly nothing better to the soothing sound of waves to melt daily worries away. 

Stretching for five miles across the shores of North Wildwood, Wildwood, and Wildwood Crest, the award-winning Wildwoods, NJ beaches are sparkling, clean and FREE for all visitors to enjoy. The beaches offer a spacious stretch of soft sand on which to relax, recharge, and have fun. People from around the country come to the famous Wildwoods beaches to enjoy surfing, work on their tans, boogie board, or to simply catch up on their reading. 

In addition to being the perfect place for relaxation, the beach gives visitors a wonderful opportunity to exercise freely. With a great view and plenty of space, the Wildwoods are perfect for a run along the shoreline, practicing yoga on the warm sand, or taking a refreshing swim in the ocean. Bike riding is also a great way to exercise by the beach. 

The Wildwoods offer a scenic, beachside bike route that runs nearly the entire length of the five-mile island from the southernmost tip of the island along the beach bike path, up onto the world-famous 2.5-mile Wildwoods Boardwalk, to North Wildwood’s Mulberry Bike Path, to the Sea Wall – a 12-mile scenic round trip. 

A day at the beach also provides health benefits such as increased Vitamin D, which has been known to improve health and promote a positive demeanor. Not only does sunshine lift moods and energy levels, but it can also help people maintain healthy bones and boost their immune systems. 

The sun, sand, and surf do the mind and body good. Grab a towel and some sunscreen and head to the free Wildwoods’ beach to invigorate the mind, body, and soul. 

For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit www.WildwoodsNJ.com or call 800-992-9732.

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Wildwood Crest announces 2024 beach lifeguard coverage


PRESS RELEASE

WILDWOOD CREST – The Wildwood Crest Beach Patrol has announced its coverage schedule for the 2024 summer season. 

All beaches will be open and protected by lifeguards, weather permitting, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 pm on Memorial Day weekend, Saturday through Monday, May 25-27, as well as on Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2. 

Lifeguards will be placed on stands for the weekends of May 25-27 and June 1-2 at the following locations: 

Cresse-Morning Glory, Buttercup-Lavender, Heather-Crocus, Aster (surfing beach), Cardinal (surfing beach), Wisteria, Rosemary, Fern, Lotus, Primrose (surfing beach), Rambler-Orchid (surfing beach), Stanton, Atlanta-Nashville, Miami, St. Paul-Toledo, Syracuse, Hollywood-Topeka (surfing beach, 10 a.m.-12 noon only), Charleston, Trenton-Newark, Washington-Jefferson. 

Beginning Saturday, June 8, all beaches will be open and protected daily, weather permitting, from 10 am to 5:30 pm through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2. 

The Wildwood Crest Beach Patrol strongly advises all bathers to swim at lifeguard protected beaches only during the hours of operation. Transport service for the handicapped will be available from 11 am to 4 pm whenever lifeguards are on duty. 

For further information, call the Wildwood Crest Beach Patrol at 609-522-3825.




The 2nd Annual Anglesea Pickleball Tournament returns to the Wildwoods ~ Saturday, June 1st & Sunday, June 2nd


PRESS RELEASE

THE WILDWOODS - The Anglesea Irish Society is serving a tournament in the Wildwoods featuring one of the fastest growing sports in the United States. The Second Annual Anglesea Open Pickleball Tournament will be held in North Wildwood on June Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2. 

Pickleball, a relatively new sport, has continued to grow in popularity among all age groups. Players enjoy the ease of learning, the benefit of physical activity, and the sense of community it has produced. Many visitors and locals alike frequent pickleball courts throughout the Wildwoods from spring to fall months. 

The Anglesea Open Pickleball Tournament is an exciting event that offers mixed men’s and women’s doubles for players of skill levels 2.5 – 4.0+, and for ages 19-plus and 50-plus. The tournament will be played at Albert Allen Park, located at 2200 Delaware Avenue in North Wildwood, with games starting at 8 a.m. daily. 

For more information or to register for the tournament, call 484-437-1030 or email picklebtournament@gmail.com

For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit www.WildwoodsNJ.com or call 800-992-9732.

Red Bull Beach Scramble returns to the Wildwoods beaches ~ Saturday, May 18th


PRESS RELEASE

THE WILDWOODS - The Red Bull Beach Scramble brings SXS racing back to the beaches of Wildwood on Saturday, May 18 from 9 am to 5 pm.

This exciting event will take place on the beach at Lincoln Avenue between the world famous Morey's Mariners and Adventure Piers, located at 3301 Boardwalk.

Racers will face a challenging and fast sand course featuring a mix of natural and man-made features. Amateur and professional racers, off-road fanatics and fans are invited for an action-packed weekend of racing on the beach. 

The race will feature two competitive classes: the SXS Pro for more experienced racers and the SXS Sportsman for amateur and off-road enthusiasts.

This exciting day of racing on the beach event is FREE for all spectators. For additional information, visit www.redbull.com/us-en/events/beach-scramble.

For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit www.WildwoodsNJ.com or call 800-992-9732.

Wildwood Crest names new Superintendent of Public Works


PRESS RELEASE

WILDWOOD CREST – The Borough of Wildwood Crest has named a new Superintendent of Public Works. 

Steven Shearer, who had been serving as assistant superintendent of the department for the past 12 ½ years, was officially elevated to superintendent in late April. 

Shearer brings vast experience to the position. As assistant superintendent, he helped oversee all operations of the Wildwood Crest Department of Public Works, during his tenure. 

Shearer is certified as a Public Works Manager. He also serves the Borough of Wildwood Crest as its Safety Coordinator, Clean Communities Coordinator, Certified Pool Operator and Right To Know Coordinator. 

“Steve has been the assistant superintendent of our public works management team for the past 12 ½ years, so he has the kind of extensive knowledge, skills, training and experience needed to oversee the department as superintendent,” said Don Cabrera, Wildwood Crest Mayor and Commissioner of Public Works. 

Barefoot Country Music Fest partners with Field & Stream for an unforgettable outdoor experience


Bringing together music, nature and community for an unmatched fest adventure...

PRESS RELEASE

WILDWOOD - Barefoot Country Music Fest (BCMF) is proud to announce its partnership with Field & Stream, the iconic outdoor lifestyle brand co-owned by country music artists Eric Church and Morgan Wallen. Field & Stream, founded in 1871, is renowned for inspiring and guiding American hunters, anglers, and outdoor enthusiasts. 

BCMF’s star-studded lineup will feature chart-topping sensations like Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Kane Brown, and Old Dominion, along with 40+ of the industry's biggest stars; Field & Stream will bring its legacy of storytelling, conservation advocacy, and community-building to BCMF. 

As part of the partnership, Field & Stream will be out in the crowd showcasing the outdoor brand, offering promotions, opportunities to win, exclusive merchandise, and highlighting the upcoming Field & Stream fest happening in October; fans will have access to special rates to purchase tickets for the event. 

“We’re thrilled to partner with Field & Stream to offer fans an exclusive look into the outdoor brand,” said Bob Durkin of Southern Entertainment. “By blending the excitement of live music with the beauty of the outdoors, we’re creating unforgettable memories for attendees.” 

With Field & Stream’s commitment to promoting outdoor lifestyle and BCMF’s reputation as one of the premier country music festivals in the nation, this partnership promises to deliver an unforgettable weekend for fans from near and far. 

For more information about Field & Stream and their commitment to outdoor enthusiasts, visit www.fieldandstream.com. For the latest updates about the Barefoot Country Music Fest or to purchase tickets, please visit www.BarefootCountryMusicFest.com

Tuesday, May 7, 2024

$10 Million emergency beach replenishment dredging project announced in North Wildwood


PRESS RELEASE

THE WILDWOODS - In an effort to address erosion challenges being faced at specific beaches in North Wildwood, a $10 million Emergency Beach Nourishment Dredging Project has been announced, just in time for the 2024 summer tourism season. 

A joint statement issued by Governor Phil Murphy and North Wildwood Mayor Patrick Rosenello announced that, “through collaboration and bipartisan partnership, the State and North Wildwood have determined an interim solution to address beach replenishment in North Wildwood. The New Jersey Department of Transportation’s Office of Maritime Resources worked to design and authorize a North Wildwood Emergency Beach Nourishment Dredging project that will serve to protect the infrastructure, quality of life, and economy in North Wildwood until the Army Corps of Engineers and NJDEP are able to complete a long-term project. The current plan is underway and is expected to provide relief to the community over the next few months.” 

The project is expected to pump at least 350,000 cubic yards of sand onto the North Wildwood beaches. This beach replenishment project is the second largest to date, and is surpassed only by a project in 2009, where 1.4 million cubic yards of sand was pumped onto the beach in North Wildwood. 

The Wildwoods, NJ are renowned for its pristine five-mile stretch of free beaches, named ‘Best Beaches in New Jersey’ by USA Today. While a few beaches in North Wildwood have faced challenges with erosion, it is imperative to highlight that this issue does not cast a shadow over the entire resort’s coastline. 

The majority of the Wildwoods’ shoreline stands resilient and unaffected, with certain areas even witnessing beach growth, further enhancing the allure of the destination. Officials’ implementation of ongoing measures to combat erosion in North Wildwood demonstrates a commitment to preserving the natural beauty that defines the Wildwoods, ensuring a sustainable and enjoyable experience for all. 

The Wildwoods, NJ: The Doo Wop Capital of the USA


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THE WILDWOODS – Travel back in time to the “Fabulous Fifties” in the Wildwoods, New Jersey – home to the country’s largest concentration of mid-century commercial architecture. 

Mid-century themed hotels/motels and businesses can be seen throughout the five-mile island. These buildings reflect their original predecessors from the 1950s and ‘60s in architecture, d├ęcor, design, and color. The hotels are reminiscent of a time when the mid-century mood of the nation was reflected in the architectural style called “googie,” “populux,” or “Doo Wop.” 

While traveling through the Wildwoods, one can’t help but notice plastic palm trees towering over kidney shaped pools, jutted roof angles, wrought iron balconies, and whimsical names and flamboyant themes, giving these similarly styled buildings individual character. Vivid imagery and vibrant colors of aqua, oranges, and pinks bombard the eye of the motoring public, as bright neon signs beckon to travelers, each blatantly attempting to outdo their neighbor. 

The motels and their ample parking reflect the burgeoning era of automotive travel of the 1950s and ‘60s with designs and architectural features that pay tribute to post-war pop culture, architecture that continues to memorialize the bold spirit of a newly restless society; and motel names that conjure up tropical paradises and other exotic destinations. 

A visit from Disney “imagineers” to the Wildwoods in the 1990’s for inspiration and ideas to complete their beach-and-boardwalk themed hotel brought the realization to local Wildwoods business owners that their ‘unique surroundings’ were a significant slice of Americana, and a key part of mid-century history. Out of this came the formation of the Doo Wop Preservation League in 1996. The League embarked on its mission to “foster awareness, appreciation, and education of the popular culture and imagery of the 1950s and ‘60s in an effort to promote preservation and unique renovations to the 220+ circa 1950s and ‘60s (Doo Wop) buildings in the Wildwoods.”