Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Crest to honor native Olympian at upcoming commissioners’ meeting


The Borough of Wildwood Crest’s Board of Commissioners is set to honor Wildwood Crest native and United States Olympian Joe Maloy at its regular meeting scheduled for Wednesday, March 29, at 5:30 p.m. in the courtroom at Wildwood Crest Borough Hall.

Maloy, 31, who recently announced his retirement from competitive triathlon racing, competed in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. He finished as the top American and 23rd overall in the men’s triathlon race.

As part of the ceremony, the Board of Commissioners will present Maloy with a lifetime membership to the Joseph Von Savage Memorial Pool.

The public is welcome to attend the event. Call 609-522-5176 for more information.

"Sweet!" - IT'SUGAR Candy Store coming to Wildwood Boardwalk

IT'SUGAR Candy Store, Atlantic City
We can confirm another addition to what is already shaping up to be a banner year for new businesses in the Wildwoods!

IT'SUGAR, a trendy candy store that specializes in "innovative sweets, fun novelty gifts and giant candy" is coming to the Boardwalk. 

While we can't release the exact location just yet, we can confirm that the store will be open in time for Memorial Day Weekend.

IT'SUGAR seems like a natural fit for Wildwood's "wacky, tacky" colorful vibe. The company prides itself on its "absurdly hilarious candy and novelty products," featuring "over a thousand indulgent confections to choose from and an array of gifts that are a feast for the eyes."

Jeff Rubin, founder and CEO of IT'SUGAR, opened his first store in Atlantic City in 2006. Since then, it has become the fastest-growing specialty candy retailer in the world, with over 100 locations in U.S. and abroad. 

This will be IT'SUGAR's third store at the Jersey Shore. It's second shop opened on the Ocean City Boardwalk last May.

Coast Guard, Partners Rescue Beached Dolphin


Coast Guard and Marine Mammal Stranding Center (MMSC) personnel released a dolphin back to sea approximately five miles off Cape May Inlet Monday afternoon, March 20.

The dolphin had become beached off Hereford Inlet near Wildwood, Monday morning.

Personnel from the MMSC out of Brigantine recovered the beached dolphin and provided it necessary medical attention.

MMSC personnel rode along on Station Cape May's 45-foot Response Boat-Medium to release the dolphin back into open waters.

Monday, March 20, 2017

New Sand Jamm store coming to 26th & New Jersey

Hours after a crew from A.B.S. Sign Company installed the two-section "Sand Jamm" neon sign in its new location, Stephen Mendel's excitement was palpable.

"I was just outside, looking up at it again. We had a beautiful, deep blue sky as a backdrop, and as fate would have it, today is the first day of spring. It's a symbolic new start, but I didn't plan it this way," said the owner of the popular surf shop.

Mendel, whose iconic boardwalk business will soon open at this new site, 26th & New Jersey Avenues, also noted that this will be his 26th season in Wildwoods.

Since 2006, Sand Jamm and its bright, plastic palm tree-decorated facade, has been a fixture on the Boardwalk at Juniper Avenue - at the base of the former Hunt's Pier. Prior to that, Mendel operated out of a smaller shop near Spencer Avenue.

This summer will be the last for Sand Jamm on the Boardwalk. After that, Mendel will focus all of his attention on the new standalone store on New Jersey. The building, which has sat vacant for several years, was most recently the home of Shore Decor, a nautical-themed gift shop.

It sits on the North Wildwood side of 26th, on the same block as Shoobie's Good Eats and Wildwood Glass. The corner spot is adjacent to Green's Liquors and diagonal from Larkin's Restaurant, both on the Wildwood side.

"It's been an incredible ride, but after 25 years on the Boardwalk, I felt it was time for a change," Mendel explained. "We're looking forward to bringing new vibrancy to this location and putting our stamp on something unique."

The new Sand Jamm store has been extensively renovated inside and out, with a number of features we will be detailing in our next report.

Stay tuned!

Check out more photos of today's neon sign installation HERE.

Follow Sand Jamm's on Facebook and on Instagram and Twitter - @sandjammwwnj

Chuck Berry rocked the Wildwoods during its rock 'n roll heyday

The Treniers... Charlie Gracie... Bill Haley & His Comets... Fats Domino... Little Richard... Chubby Checker...

The list of not just "big names," but rock 'n roll pioneers who played Wildwood during the 1950's and 60's is downright staggering.

Included on this roster of rock royalty, sure enough, is the legendary Chuck Berry, who passed away at his home in Missouri on Saturday at age 90.

According to previous research at the George F. Boyer Museum - Wildwood Historical Society, Berry performed at Ben Martin's Club Bolero from June 12 - June 17, 1957.

That was a Wednesday to Monday stretch (no specifics on how many times he performed over that six-day period).

(NOTE: There is some conflicting info, suggesting that Berry performed at the Bolero from July 12-17, 1957. These are likely typos in promotional materials rather than another set of shows on the exact same dates the following months. But we're continuing to research this to see if we can confirm, one way or another.)

Berry wasn't a young, unproven performer on the rise, as many others who passed through Wildwood during this time were. He was an artist in very high demand, a reflection of the entertainment mecca this was in those days.

Three years after Bill Haley & His Comets debuted "Rock Around The Clock" at the Hofbrau Hotel, this revolutionary sound was still finding its legs. Berry was a driving force in shaping emerging music AND American culture, having already wowed audiences with the million-record selling "Maybellene" (1955) and the seminal smash hits "Roll Over Beethoven" and "Rock And Roll Music" (1956).

("Johnny B. Goode" would hit the charts in 1958.)

Club Bolero was one of Wildwood's premiere venues in the late 50's, competing for top acts with the Riptide, Surf Club, Beachcomber, Hurricane East, Manor Supper Club and others.

It was located at Atlantic & Oak avenues, at the modern site of the Bolero Resort.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Savings Spotlight: $30 off Tram Car ticket books with discount code "wildwood365"

Start Your Vacation Here!

With Summer 2017 approaching, we're teaming with our friends at the Boardwalk Bucks Discount Ticket Store to share some great deals around the island.

Today we're spotlighting Tram Car ticket books (25 tickets).

Use promo code "wildwood365" when ordering and save an additional $5, for a total of $30 in savings!

($45 per book + $1.99 shipping)

Jump on this deal, as quantities are limited.

While you're planning your Wildwood vacation, check out these additional deals:


Photo Essay: Pink Treasures & Angry Seas - After the Nor'Easter (3/15/17)

Our good friend Christy Gamber put together this photo essay on Wednesday, March 14, documenting the aftermath of Nor'Easter Stella.

The storm, which featured early rain and high winds on Tuesday, didn't cause a great deal of damage on the island; but its effects were evident along the coastline.


Believe it or not, we're just a little over three weeks away from Opening Day at Morey's Piers (Mariner's Pier).

Nobody on the road, or on the beach (or Boardwalk). But it won't be long now...

Atlantic City Electric Providing 1,150 Free Trees to Customers


Atlantic City Electric (ACE) is providing 1,150 free trees to its residential customers through the Energy-Saving Trees program, which helps customer’s conserve energy and reduce household energy bills through strategic tree planting.

Can you assist us in spreading the word that your residents can reserve one free tree per household by visiting www.arborday.org/ace or by calling 1-855-670-2773?

Customers should have their ACE account number handy when ordering the free tree.

The one-gallon, four-foot potted tree will be delivered directly to customers while supplies last. Available tree species include American beech, baldcypress, river birch and white dogwood.

“We are pleased to once again support the Energy-Saving Trees program which benefits the environment and helps beautify the communities we serve,” said Vince Maione, Atlantic City Electric region president. “This program can also help our customers save money on their air-conditioning expenses since trees provide shade for the home in the summer months.”

Shade trees can reduce residential cooling costs by as much as 20 percent, while in the winter months trees reduce wind speeds and infiltration of cold air into homes, thereby reducing heating costs. The Arbor Day Foundation calculates that the 1,150 trees are estimated to produce nearly $250,000 in energy savings within 20 years.

The Energy-Saving Trees online tool assists Atlantic City Electric customers in finding the most strategic location for planting and estimates the annual savings. Customers using the on-line tool can call the Arbor Day Foundation for technical help at 1-855-670-2773.

The online tool was created by the Arbor Day Foundation and the Davey Institute, a division of the Davey Tree Expert Co., and uses peer-reviewed scientific research from the USDA Forest Service’s i-Tree Software to calculate estimated benefits.

Atlantic City Electric reminds customers to call 811 to have utility-owned underground lines marked before digging.  One free call to 811 connects you to New Jersey One Call, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of your intent to dig. Every digging project, no matter how large or small, warrants a call to 811.

For more information about Atlantic City Electric, visit www.atlanticcityelectric.com.

Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/atlanticcityelectric and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/acelecconnect.

Our mobile app is available at www.atlanticcityelectric.com/mobileapp.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

North Wildwood announces 2017 Concerts Under the Stars schedule

Mark your calendars!

North Wildwood announced the schedule for its 2017 Concerts Under the Stars series tonight on its Recreation & Tourism Facebook page.

A staple of the island's summer entertainment scene, concerts will return to the Lou Booth Amphitheater (2nd & Ocean) on most Thursdays and Saturdays from early July through Labor Day Weekend.

The 16-show series kicks off on Saturday, July 1 with Shirley Alston Reeves and concludes on Saturday, September 2 with the traditional Beatlemania show.

All shows are FREE and begin at 8 p.m.

Click the image at right to view the complete schedule...

For additional info, call 609-522-7722 or 1-800-882-7787.

Morey's Piers Welcomes Spring with Preseason Sale

Online Orders Start March 24 Featuring 
Deep Discounts on Season Passes and More...


Morey’s Piers & Beachfront Water Parks, named the best seaside amusement park in the world by Amusement Today, will launch its annual Spring Sale on March 24 offering savings up to 38% for a season of wild rides and water park admission.

Located on the boardwalk of the Wildwoods, NJ, the classic seaside attraction’s signature Wild Pass offers more unlimited summer fun for $330.

For the 2017 season, the Wild Pass includes one ride wristband per day valid for rides on all three piers, and new this year, all day access to both beachfront water parks - Ocean Oasis Water Park and Beach Club and Raging Waters Water Park. Spring sale savings represents $165 off the retail value of $495.

The following spring savings bundles are also available:
  • Wild Water Park 10 Pack: includes 10 individual all day water park passes for $280 (savings of $170).
  • Wild Ticket Card: features 70 ride tickets plus a booklet of valuable coupons such as discounts on water park admissions, games, extreme rides and more for $45.
  • Gift Cards: are available and can be applied towards any purchase at Morey’s Piers’ ticket booths, guest services, water park ticket office and/or retail stores. Instant delivery e-gifts are also available to send gift cards directly to the recipient’s email address.
  • Tram Car Ticket Book: includes 25 one-way rides on the tram for $40.

Online orders start on March 24 through April 21 and can be purchased by visiting www.moreyspiers.com.

Starting April 1, purchases can be made by phone at 1-866-MOREYS1 (phone lines open daily from 8:00am to 8:00pm), or in-person at Mariner’s Guest Services, located at Schellenger Avenue and the Boardwalk, Wildwood, daily from 11:00am to 4:00pm.

For more information on Morey’s Piers, visit www.moreyspiers.com.

About Morey’s Piers

Monday, March 13, 2017

Updated list of 2017 Opening Dates


It looks like winter has a few more tricks up its icy sleeve, but the days are getting longer and more and more businesses are opening.

Each week, this list will update businesses scheduled to open in the coming weeks and months, as we move along on the road to Summer 2017...

(Business dates and hours are always subject to change.)


Check out our running list of businesses and attractions NOW OPEN for 2017!

Next Up...

Two Mile Landing Restaurants & Marina opens for 2017 this Friday, March 17. The complex features two restaurants - 2 Mile Restaurant & Bar and The Crab House at Two Mile Landing - four bar and some of the best waterfront dining views around. It's located between Wildwood Crest and Cape May, at the foot of the toll bridge on Fish Dock Road.

Opening Dates

Two Mile Landing  -  March 17

Maui's Dog House  -  March 24

Vegas Diner  -  March 24

Franconi's Pizza  -  March 25

Lime Ricky World  -  April 1

Original Hot Spot  -  April 1

Capt'n Jack's Island Grill  -  April 7

Mack's Pizza  -  April 7

Stewart's Root Beer  -  April 7

Morey's Piers (Mariner's Pier)  -  April 8

Curley's Fries  -  April 8

George F. Boyer Museum  -  April 13

Kelly's Cafe  -  April 13

Beach Creek Oyster Bar & Grill  -  April 14

Ed's Funcade  -  April 14

The Wild Burrito - April 14

Little Italy  -  April 15

The Wharf  -  April 21

Boathouse Restaurant  -  April 28

Piro's Village Restaurant  -  April 28

Samuel's Pancake House  -  April 29

Sun'z Up Cafe  -  April 29

SIGHTSEER Tramcar Service Begins  -  May 5

Duffinetti's Restaurant  -  May 5

Urie's Waterfront Restaurant  -  May 5

Hershey's Ice Cream (5306 Boardwalk)  - May 12

Ice House  -  May 12

South Dock Cafe  -  May 12

The Surfing Pig  -  May 12

Uncle Bill's Pancake House  -  May 12

Route 66 Restaurant  -  May 12

Surfside Pier  -  May 13

Adventure Pier  -  May 19

Wildcard Watersports (NEW!)  -  May 20

Duffer's Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlor  -  May 25

Russo's Market  -  May 25

Raging Waters Water Park  -  May 27

Splash Zone Water Park  -  May 27

Ocean Oasis Water Park  -  June 17

As WILD As You Want To Be: Wildwoods launch new advertising campaign

Chill or Thrill. Lazy or Crazy. It's YOUR Vacation!

The Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement & Development Authority (GWTIDA) has unveiled it's brand new advertising campaign:

As WILD As You Want To Be!

As highlighted in the television commercial below, the campaign stresses the diverse activities and options available to vacationers in the Wildwoods.

Check it out, and let us know what you think...

North Wildwood's Latest Weather Briefing - Monday, March 13, 2017

Mayor Patrick Rosenello and the Emergency Management Committee of the City of North Wildwood would like to advise residents and visitors of the potential for moderate coastal flooding on Tuesday, March 14th as a result of a nor’easter. 

"Moderate Flooding" means that water will encompass Delaware – New York Avenues up to New Jersey Avenue (tidal surge will be in the upper 7 to 8 foot above MLLW range).

High tides for Tuesday, March 14th are as follows: 10:02 a.m. and 10:28 p.m. 

Moderate Flooding Expected

With the potential for high winds, residents and visitors are reminded to secure all properties and belongings including lawn chairs, umbrellas and trashcans. Also forecasted is the potential for significant precipitation in the form of rain/wintry mix/snow, which due to slow runoff, may cause extended and localized flooding in areas that do not normally experience tidal flooding. 

Residents and visitors are advised to NEVER drive down a flooded roadway. 

The City of North Wildwood does not anticipate opening an emergency shelter at this time, but please stay updated by visiting ready.northwildwood.com for the most recent storm related information.
“Our emergency management, public works and first responders are doing their due diligence to insure the safety and wellbeing of our residents before tomorrow’s anticipated storm event, as we pray for the best, but are prepared for the worst,” said Mayor Patrick Rosenello. 

“Please stay up to date by visiting the City’s various social media accounts and our OEM website: ready.northwildwood.com,” said Mayor Rosenello.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

NWS issues "hazardous weather outlook" for Monday & Tuesday

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly, NJ has issued a hazardous weather outlook for Cape May County, beginning Mon. March 13.

The NWS report forecasts accumulating snow Monday night into Tuesday night. Exact totals are uncertain at this time but travel is likely to be impacted midnight to 5 a.m. Tuesday and again later on Tuesday.

Strong, gusty northeast winds between 40 - 50 mph are expected Tuesday morning, with severity picking up closer to the coast.

Widespread coastal flooding is expected with the Tuesday morning high tide cycle, with the moderate warning threshold possibly exceeded in some sports.

Friday, March 10, 2017

NEW for 2017: Family Fun Night & Bonfire on April 14th

The Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce will host a Family Fun Night & Bonfire fundraiser at Rio Grande & the Beach on Friday, April 14.

The event will run from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and feature music by DJ Slice, a family game garden, bonfire, s'mores pits and food stations.

Admission is $10 per person (13 years and older) and $5 for kids (12 and under)

Tickets can be purchased in advance at 609-729-4000 or at entrance to the event.

For more info, call the number of above or visit www.gwcoc.com.