Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Wildwoods Casino Royale fundraising event to be held at the Wildwoods Convention Center - Friday, April 12th


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THE WILDWOODS - The Wildwoods Convention Center will transform into a sophisticated casino experience for the Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce's Wildwoods Casino Royale fundraising event on Friday, April 12, from 7 pm to 11 pm.

In partnership with Wild Willy's Casino Events, the premier casino party company in New Jersey, the Chamber promises an exciting evening with a blend of thrilling casino games and fundraising for a noble cause. 

Attendees will have the opportunity to try their luck at a variety of classic casino games, including blackjack, roulette, craps and poker, all while supporting the mission of the Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce and Foundation. Each ticket, priced at $50, includes $100 in playing money. Additional playing money and chips will be available for purchase throughout the night.

Guests are invited to enjoy the atmosphere and excitement of the casino floor. The Wildwoods Convention Center will host a cash bar and concessions for refreshments. Please note that outside food or drink is not permitted.

Tickets for the Wildwoods Casino Royale can be purchased at www.EventBrite.com or with the Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce by calling 609-729-4000, or visiting 3306 Pacific Avenue in Wildwood to purchase tickets in person.

Enjoy an unforgettable evening filled with fun, games and philanthropy at the Wildwoods Casino Royale. All proceeds will support the initiatives of the Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce and Foundation for a Better Community. 

The foundation is on a mission to support and enhance the local community and create opportunities for students. They have awarded over $275,000 in scholarships to local students pursuing higher education at colleges and trade schools. By attending this event, you not only enjoy a fantastic evening, but also contribute to a brighter future for young minds in the community.

For more information about the Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce and their foundation, visit www.gwcoc.org or call 609-729-4000.

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

Monday, February 26, 2024

The Wildwoods celebrates St. Patrick's Day during back-to-back Saturdays - March 9th and March 16th


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THE WILDWOODS - Experience the luck of the Irish with lower room rates, less crowds and lots of charm with back-to-back St. Patrick's Day celebrations in the Wildwoods on March 9 and March 16.


Saturday, March 9

Shamrock Shuttle - NEW!

On Saturday, March, ride a FREE Shamrock Shuttle to and from participating restaurant establishments in Wildwood and North Wildwood from 2 pm to 10 pm. Enjoy holiday specials and promotions throughout the day.

Participating establishments include: The Inlet, Elks Lodge #1896, Exit 6, Anglesea Pub, The Surfing Pig, Owen's Pub, Goodnight Irene's Brew Pub, Old City Pub, Fairview Social, Firehouse Tavern, The Waterfront, Mulligan's Shore Bar & Grill and That Shore Store for official Shamrock Shuttle merchandise.

For more information, visit www.NW-BOA.com or call participating establishments directly.


Saturday, March 16

St. Patrick's Day Celebration & Parade

Saturday, March 16 begins with a 10 am Catholic Mass service at St. Ann's Church of Notre Dame De La Mer Parish (2901 Atlantic Avenue in Wildwood). Festivities immediately follow, beginning at 11:30 am with a ceremony on the front steps of North Wildwood City Hall (9th & Atlantic Avenue).

Following the ceremony, at 12 pm, a festive parade will begin at 9th & Atlantic Avenue and proceed west on 9th Avenue to Central Avenue, north to Spruce Avenue to Olde New Jersey Avenue, and proceed south on Olde New Jersey Avenue, where it will end at 1st Avenue.

Participants will include: VFW Color Guard, Vietnam Veterans of America, Ancient Order of Hibernians, Irish Pipe Brigade, Emerald Society, Miss North Wildwood, Queen Oceania, Anglesea Irish Society, local school bands and much more.

The event is hosted by the Anglesea Irish Society and is free to attend. For more information, visit www.NorthWildwood.com or call 609-522-2955.

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

Enter the Wildwoods 2024 FREE Family Vacation Getaway Contest for a chance to win a 4-day/3-night vacation package worth over $2,000


The contest was originally launched in 2014, and since its start roughly 410,000 people have entered, with 19 luck families being given the prize of a FREE vacation to the Wildwoods...

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THE WILDWOODS - The Wildwoods offer everything visitors could ever want in a vacation experience - all on one 5-mile island. The opportunity to enjoy a FREE Wildwoods vacation of a lifetime awaits two lucky families by entering the 2024 Family Vacation Getaway Contest!

The contest offers two, 4-day, 3-night vacation getaways for families of up to four people. There are two drawings, one in the spring and one in the fall, with the lucky winners being notified on May 24, 2024 and on October 25, 2024, respectively. 

Each winner will receive a 4-day/3-night stay for up to four people at a participating Wildwoods hotel-motel of their choice, plus amusement passes, water park passes, meals, entertainment, Tram Car passes, mini-golf passes and access to other attractions. 

With all of the amenities included, the total giveaway package is worth in excess of $2,000!

The contest was originally launched in 2014, and since its start roughly 410,000 people have entered, with 19 lucky families being given the prize of a FREE vacation to the Wildwoods. The contest is part of the Wildwoods' ongoing tourism campaign and is intended to draw attention to the Wildwoods and its attractions, including the FREE white-sand beaches, three amusement piers and water parks, watersports, the world famous Boardwalk, great dining, shopping, nightlife, Doo Wop mid-century architecture and art, and more.

For more details and to enter the contest, visit www.WildwoodsNJ.com/win-a-family-vacation/.

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

Friday, February 23, 2024

North Wildwood awarded $10.3 million in Boardwalk Preservation Fund grant


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NORTH WILDWOOD - On Friday, February 23, North Wildwood officials learned that the city will be awarded a $10.3 million grant for Boardwalk Reconstruction. 

The grant is part of the $100 million Boardwalk Preservation Fund that was established by New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and state legislators, including Senator Michael Testa and Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald.

North Wildwood will receive the third-largest award of the 18 municipalities that will be earning financial assistance from the Boardwalk Preservation Fund.

This grant, administered by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, intends to provide assistance to address the most critical capital needs of boardwalks. It also aims to help the Jersey Shore communities remain vibrant tourism destinations in the long term by investing in state-of-the-art materials to ensure longer lasting infrastructure. 

The funding was made possible through the American Rescue Plan Coronavirus State & Local Fiscal Recover Funds. 

"North Wildwood City Council members and I are grateful to be the recipients of one of the largest grant awards in New Jersey," said Mayor Patrick Rosenello. "I would like to thank Governor Murphy for personally calling me to share the exciting news of this generous award. This award will be critical for the city to finance a rehabilitation project to restore the 'Boardwalk of Fame and Happiness.'"

The city plans to begin Phase 1 of Boardwalk Reconstruction this upcoming fall.

Boardwalk rehabilitation project update


PRESS RELEASE

WILDWOOD - This winter, Wildwood's historic and famed Boardwalk is once again undergoing a transformation with three distinct rehabilitation projects - aka Phases III, IV and V. This marks a significant step towards enhancing the iconic Boardwalk experience for residents and visitors alike.

Cedar Avenue Boardwalk extension reconstruction

The Cedar Avenue portion takes center stage with a complete replacement, featuring a brand new timber-framed boardwalk. The timber piles and framing are now complete, with the decking currently in the installation phase. Cedar Avenue renovations will also include new signage parallel to the gateway. The city is working to secure new lighting from Schellenger to Cedar Avenues on the Boardwalk.


Oak to Schellenger Aves repairs

The stretch from Oak to Schellenger Avenues is in the final stages, with 90 percent of the deteriorated timber framing repairs completed. The remaining section is awaiting delivery of materials, which are expected on-site within the next week.

Schellenger Ave to Spicer Ave rehabilitation 

For the Schellenger Ave to Spicer Ave portion, rehabilitation includes extensive work on the existing concrete substructure, featuring concrete repairs and a fresh protective coating. A completely new timber-framed superstructure and decking are also part of this revitalization effort.

Progress across all three areas is on track, with construction scheduled for completion at the beginning of May. This extends the recently completed Boardwalk renovations from 26th Ave down to Spicer Ave. 

Future phases are currently in the planning stage.


The Wildwoods Convention Center hosts MADE Hoops East Winter Circuit Basketball Championship ~ March 9-10


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THE WILDWOODS - MADE Hoops East Winter Basketball Tournament will come to the Wildwoods Convention Center, March 9-10.

This weekend will be the final session and championship weekend of the East Winter Circuit. Be amazed by the feats of these young athletes as they show their skills in this competitive tournament environment.

All game schedules will be released two days prior to the event, and a livestream will be available at www.BallerTV.com/organizations/made-hoops.

The event schedule is as follows:

Saturday, March 9: Doors open 7:15 am; tournament is 8 am - 10 pm

Sunday, March 10: Doors open 7:15 am; tournament is 8 am - 4 pm

The Middle School Circuit Tournament is designed to bring together the best teams from not only across the region, but across the country as well. MADE Hoops provides elite programs, prospects, facilities and exposure opportunities, making it a great place for young athletes to improve their game and challenge themselves.

The East Winter Circuit is designed specifically for top teams in 5th through 8th grades in the East Region. Players, parents and coaches are given a high-level basketball experience designed to prepare them for their future in an ultra-competitive basketball space.

The championship weekend takes place at the Wildwoods Convention Center on Saturday and Sunday, March 9-10.

For more information about MADE Hoops, visit www.MadeHoops.com or call 201-316-6446.

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

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

The Wildwoods' beaches continue to captivate visitors despite coastal challenges


While specific North Wildwood beaches have faced erosion challenges, the majority of the resort's beaches are unaffected...

PRESS RELEASE

THE WILDWOODS - The Wildwoods are renowned for its pristine five-mile stretch of free beaches, named "Best Beaches in New Jersey" by USA Today. While specific 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 are actively implementing ongoing measures to combat erosion, demonstrating a commitment to preserving the natural beauty that defines the Wildwoods, ensuring a sustainable and enjoyable experience for all. 

"The Wildwoods beaches attract millions of visitors every year and have done so for generations of families from all over the Northeaster U.S. While we are currently witnessing Mother Nature working on the beaches in North Wildwood, there are still miles of the widest beaches in the U.S. for our visitors to lay down a blanket, set up a chair, put up an umbrella and enjoy the beach as they always have," explained Louis M. Belasco, Greater Wildwood Tourism & Improvement Development Authority (GWTIDA) Executive Director.

The beaches are the perfect spot for swimming, soaking up the sun and relaxing on a hot summer day. For those looking for some adventure, the Wildwoods' beaches also serve as an ideal location for surfing, boogie boarding, paddle boarding, power boating, jet skiing, sailing, kayaking and whale and dolphin watching. 

The best part is that the beaches are absolutely FREE to enjoy with no beach tags required.

Beach Replenishment Projects: A Commitment to Environmental Preservation

In the face of erosion challenges, the Wildwoods have embarked on beach replenishment projects that play a pivotal role in protecting and preserving coastal ecosystems. These initiatives not only safeguard habitats for marine life, birds and plants but also serve as a natural barrier against storms, reducing the impacts of coastal flooding and erosion.

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Run the Crest running festival set for Saturday, October 5th in Wildwood Crest


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WILDWOOD CREST - The Borough of Wildwood Crest, in conjunction with JLD Event Management and Timing LLC, has announced the creation of the Run the Crest running festival on Saturday, October 5.

Run the Crest includes a series of running races for participants of all ages and abilities staged out of Centennial Park, a beachfront recreation area located at Fern Road and Ocean Avenue. Run the Crest will include 10-mile and 5K races, with an option to combine the two races for the Crest Combo Half Marathon. A fun run for children will also be held.

Post-race activities include live entertainment from the Centennial Park stage, food trucks, vendors and more.

The Run the Crest 5K is set to begin at 7 am, with the Run the Crest 10-miler following at 8 am. Those who wish to complete a half marathon can run in both races. The Crest Kids Fun Run, open to children ages 10 and under, will be held at 11 am.

The event will feature individual and team registration. Team categories include running clubs, triathlon clubs, adults 18 and older, youth ages 14-17, youth ages 10-13, military heroes (for active military and veterans), first responder heroes (police, fire, EMTs) and lifeguards.

Registration for the Run the Crest running festival is currently open at runsignup.com/runthecrest.com.

Donations will be collected for the Amanda's Wish charity in Wildwood Crest during the event.

For more information, contact JLD Event Management and Timing through jldevents.com or call the Wildwood Crest Recreation Department at 609-523-0202.

Thursday, February 8, 2024

Steve’s Prince of Steaks turns on the lights, now hiring as grand opening nears


With its much-anticipated debut inching closer,
Steve’s Prince of Steaks Wildwood offered a glimpse of things to come earlier this week.

When the sun went down Tuesday evening, the newly-renovated property at New Jersey & Juniper Avenues showed off its vibrant exterior lighting package, crafted and installed by Wildwood’s own A.B.S. Sign Co.


Featuring horizontal neon signage running the length of the north and west-facing sides, with Steve’s crown-topped logo as the corner centerpiece, the presentation echoes the look of the institution’s original locations in and around Philadelphia, while paying tribute to the Wildwoods’ traditional “Doo Wop” stylings.


"Wow! We love what Steve's Prince of Steaks did with the exterior of their building," read a post from the Doo Wop Preservation League on its official Facebook page. "Embracing a fun theme helps a business stand out and gets lots of free advertising on social media (look, they're getting some right now). Embracing Doo Wop isn't just 'old motels.' It's a theme. And, if done correctly, brings lots of attention."


According to a Steve's Prince of Steaks company representative, work on the exterior and interior of the building is just about complete. Management is hoping to announce a grand opening for some time in March, dependent on city approval of licenses and permits. 


In the meantime, the location is now hiring for all positions.


Those interested in employment are asked to call or text 609-300-6440.


Once open, Steve’s Prince of Steaks will offer window-ordering service (no interior seating), with plans to operate year round. The building was previously home to Classic Sandwiches, which closed after the Summer 2022 season.


For more information and updates, check our Steve’s Prince of Steaks Wildwood on Instagram.



Friday, February 2, 2024

North Wildwood Police Captain Katherine Madden to be sworn in as first female police chief


PRESS RELEASE

NORTH WILDWOOD - Mayor Patrick Rosenello announced that on May 1, 2024, Police Captain Katherine Madden will be sworn in as the 14th Police Chief of the North Wildwood Police Department (NWPD). With Captain Madden's upcoming promotion, she will be the first female Police Chief in NWPD history.

Captain Madden began her career with the NWPD in 2006 as a SLEO II. She was hired as a full-time officer in 2007 and has served in numerous assignments since then. Captain Madden is a lifelong resident of North Wildwood, attending Margaret Mace Elementary School and Wildwood Catholic High School before attending Rutgers University.

Captain Madden is the daughter of retired North Wildwood Police Sergeant Thomas Flounders. She is currently in Quantico, VA attending the FBI National Academy.

Captain Madden will be replacing retiring Police Chief John Stevenson.

"The level of dedication Captain Madden has shown not only to residents and visitors of North Wildwood, but also her colleagues within the department has been extraordinary," said Mayor Patrick Rosenello. "We look forward to making city history and swearing Captain Madden in as the first female police chief in our department. 

Arrangements for the swearing-in ceremony will be announced at a later date.


The Beach Boys to make waves at Barefoot Country Music Fest 2024


Surfing Through Time: An Iconic Journey with America's Band

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WILDWOOD - The iconic sounds of The Beach Boys will echo along the scenic beach in Wildwood as they rock the Barefoot Country Music Fest from June 20-23. Celebrating 50 years of musical excellence, The Beach Boys, synonymous with the California lifestyle, bring their "America's Band"tour to fans around the world.

Known for timeless hits like "Surfin' USA," "Good Vibrations"and "California Girls," The Beach Boys have sold over 100 million records worldwide and received more than 33 RIAA Platinum and Gold record awards. As Rock & Roll Hall of Famers, they were honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2001 Grammy Awards.

Joining co-founder Mike Love, the current lineup includes longtime member Bruce Johnston, musical director Brian Eichenberger, Christian Love, Tim Bonhomme, Jon Bolton, Keith Hubacher, Randy Leago and John Wedemeyer - all dedicated to continuing the legacy of this iconic band.

The Barefoot County Music Fest, located between the famous Morey's Piers on the beach in Wildwood, will host 40+ artists across five stages, including headliners Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Kane Brown, Old Dominion, Bailey Zimmerman and Jake Owen. This family-friendly festival promises a unique blend of country music against the backdrop of Wildwood's scenic beaches, making it the ultimate summer vacation destination.

Don't miss The Beach Boys making history once again at the Barefoot Country Music Fest. For more information about the festival or to purchase tickets, visit www.BarefootCountryMusicFest.com.

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Thursday, February 1, 2024

Fairview Social expands into additional space to meet growing demand


PRESS RELEASE

WILDWOOD – Fairview Social, a Modern American restaurant and bar known for its ambitious menu, sleek ambiance, and a game day headquarters is thrilled to announce its expansion into additional space to accommodate the growing demand from its loyal patrons.

 

The decision to expand comes on the heels of Fairview's first season and growing success and popularity within the Wildwoods dining and bar scene. The additional space, located on the first floor of the beautiful Seaport Suites will sit adjacent to the existing restaurant, in the original footprint of Fairview. 


This will allow Fairview to enhance the overall dining experience for guests and introduce exciting new offerings such as a full Breakfast and Lunch menu. Along with the ability to have different atmospheres in each room and book private events year round including the heart of Summer.

 

With the expanded space, Fairview aims to create a more comfortable and inviting atmosphere for diners, providing an even better setting to enjoy the food, drinks and exceptional service that are becoming synonymous with the Fairview experience.

 

John Little, of Fairview, expressed excitement about the expansion, stating, "We are incredibly grateful for the support and enthusiasm from our Wildwoods community. This expansion is a testament to the dedication of our team and the growing loyalty of our patrons. 


"We look forward to offering an enhanced experience and bringing new and exciting elements while honoring traditions to the original Fairview brand."

 

The expanded space will feature multiple bars, stage for live music and entertainment, and additional dining space, ensuring that Fairview continues to help push forward the standard for bars and restaurants in Wildwood.

 

For more information, please contact:

 

 [John Doherty] [Fairview Social] [jdoherty@seaportstays.com] [www.fairviewsocial.com]


NJDEP DENIES North Wildwood EA request for bulkhead


PRESS RELEASE

NORTH WILDWOOD - On January 31, 2024, the City of North Wildwood received a letter from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Division of Land Resource Protection (DLRP) Assistant Director Colleen Keller, stating that the city's EA request to construct a bulkhead between the midpoint of 12th-13th - 15th Avenue is denied.

Peter Lomax, Managing Principal of the Lomax Consulting Group, on behalf of the city as our Environmental Consultant, submitted the EA on January 19, 2024.

The EA stated that multiple January storm events resulted in the city suffering a significant loss to the beach berm and remnant dune system, "leaving a multi-block section of the city at peril."

Mr. Lomax goes on to state the tidal conditions ultimately resulted in a breach of the dune between 13th & 14th Avenues, causing further damage to the dune and vegetated areas behind the dune. The absence of effective shore protection is expected to cause erosion to accelerate, place city infrastructure at significant risk.

Therefore, the city reaffirmed the need for emergency shore protection via installation of a bulkhead. The NJDEP ultimately disagreed.

The city intends to immediately appeal the NJDEP's decision by filing an emergent motion in the Appellate Division.

For additional information, please contact 609-522-6464.

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Embrace the Chill: You'll Love the Wildwoods in February


Enjoy a Wildwoods Winter Getaway with Spectacular Hotel Rates, Restaurants, Ocean Views, Fun Activities and MORE...

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THE WILDWOODS - The Wildwoods are prepared to keep visitors feeling warm through February by welcoming one and all to enjoy fun-filled winter getaways in the resort.

Take advantage of lower room rates in the Wildwoods for a relaxing winter escape with plenty of "chill" activities to enjoy. Be awed by mother nature with a mesmerizing sunrise and morning stroll along the beach; grab your walking shoes and binoculars and spend a day wandering through a local nature preserve; or enjoy a relaxing bike ride on the famous Wildwood Boardwalk.

End the day with an awe-inspiring, spectacular sunset viewed from the banks of beautiful Sunset Lake in Wildwood Crest.

Cool days in the Wildwoods start with a breathtaking ocean sunrise. Book a room or rental home overlooking the ocean, Boardwalk or the bays, and wake up to a brilliant morning at the Jersey Shore. The Wildwoods offer lodging accommodations, including hotel and motel rooms and vacation rentals.

For a list of Wildwoods accommodations, visit www.wildwoodsnj.com/plan-a-vacation/.

Distinctive restaurants, eateries and well-loved breweries and distilleries in the Wildwoods offer exclusive, seasonally inspired creations, often sourced locally, in a cozy atmosphere. Enjoy your dining experience with breathtaking views and a captivating evening sunset, complemented by a selection of seasonal, locally crafted spirits, brews or wines, paired with the day's fresh catch.

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Saddle Up: Wildwood’s first "honky tonk," country-themed bar coming to the Boardwalk Mall


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What is believed to be the island’s first fully-themed "honky tonk," country bar is coming to the Boardwalk Mall as a major component of the property’s revamp.


The as-yet-unnamed concept will take shape on the building’s ground floor, with main entrance and large roll-up windows facing Ocean Avenue. It will share space with new arcade fixtures and Splash House, an interactive painting attraction.


The bar will technically operate as an extension of Captn’ Jack’s Island Grill, and thus will not require an additional liquor license. Current plans project a mid-May grand opening.


“The popularity of country music and its presence in Wildwood has taken on a life of its own, and we want to grow with it,” explained co-owner Sean Dougherty, who, along with brother E.J. Dougherty and Patrick Rosenello, acquired the mall and promised big changes last year.


“Obviously, the success of the Barefoot Country Music Fest has taken things to another level. You hear country music and there are even local country performers in so many of the area bars, but there are no dedicated country bars. In fact, we own [Nucky’s Kitchen & Speakeasy] in Ventnor, and from here up to Atlantic City, I don’t know of one country bar.”