Thursday, December 5, 2019

Morey's Piers Named Business Partner of the Year


PRESS RELEASE

The Wildwoods – On November 19 Morey’s Piers in Wildwood, NJ was awarded the Cumberland County Technical Education Center’s Business Partner of the Year Award.

Presented at Cumberland County Technical Education Center’s Fall Program Advisory dinner meeting, the honor recognized Morey’s Piers for establishing a new pilot program that employed 10 high school students at the amusement park this past summer. Working in various areas across departments – from admissions to food service – the students honed customer-relation, problem-solving and networking skills.

“It was definitely rewarding,” said Nick Ebner, operations manager for Morey’s Piers. “The kids were always smiling and positive, and we were thrilled to hear about how much they learned during their time at the piers.”

One of the main goals of the program is to place students in a role that supports what they have learned in school. Charles Coant, a senior at the high school, worked in the amusement park’s IT department, aligning closely with his course work. “This was a great, hands-on experience,” said Charles. “I would definitely recommend it to other students.” 

While the program helped fulfill a practical need for Morey’s Piers, which has 1,500 seasonal employment positions to fill every year, it also achieves an important company value: being a good neighbor.

“In the end, the students were taught important life skills, experienced cooperative learning, made money and had fun,” said Anthony Bermudez, cooperative education coordinator for the tech school. “It’s a wonderful program that we hope to continue for many years to come.”


About Morey’s Piers

Morey’s Piers, located on the boardwalk in the Wildwoods, New Jersey is a classic seaside amusement park, family owned and operated since 1969. Recognized as 2019 Park of the Year by Amusement Today and #1 Best Beach Boardwalk by Family Vacation Critic Morey’s Piers has over 100 rides and attractions spanning over eighteen acres along six beach blocks and includes three amusement piers and two beachfront water parks. Convenient to the major population centers of the Northeast, yet a world apart, Morey’s Piers along with Morey Hotels & Resorts combines the pure joy of an amusement park, the sights and sounds of a classic boardwalk, outstanding accommodations, together with the rhythm of beach life. Visit them at Surfside Pier, featuring the Ocean Oasis Water Park and Beach Club at 25th Avenue, Mariner’s Landing Pier, featuring Raging Waters Water Park at Schellenger Avenue, and Adventure Pier at Spencer Avenue. For more information, visit www.moreyspiers.com or phone (609) 522-3900 or like us on Facebook. You can also follow us on Twitter and YouTube.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Wildwood Crest to host public meeting on New Jersey Avenue business district redevelopment

PRESS RELEASE

WILDWOOD CREST - The Borough of Wildwood Crest will host a public stakeholder meeting to discuss future plans for redevelopment of the downtown business district along New Jersey Avenue from Heather Road to Wisteria Road on on Wednesday, December 11 at 5:30 pm at the Wildwood Crest Volunteer Fire Company No. 1.

The fire company is located at Rambler Road & Pacific Avenue.

With the County of Cape May in the planning phase for a full reconstruction of New Jersey Avenue, the Borough of Wildwood Crest has put forth plans to work with the county to improve the visual and functional character of the downtown business district.

The borough is evaluating streetscape improvements, placemaking, land use strategies and more in an effort to stimulate reinvestment.

Borough of Wildwood Crest elected officials and other pertinent borough staff, including the borough engineer, will be on hand at the meeting, along with representatives from the Taylor Design Group and the County of Cape May.

Tentative design plans will be available for public viewing. A public question-and-answer session will be held following presentations by the various officials in attendance.

Light refreshments will be served. Attendees do not need to pre-register.

For further information, contact the Borough of Wildwood Crest at 609-522-5176.



Wildwood Crest to offer volunteer-based snow removal program

PRESS RELEASE

WILDWOOD CREST - The Borough of Wildwood Crest Public Works Department is now offering a volunteer-based snow removal program aimed to assist physically disabled and senior citizen residents of the borough.

In order to receive assistance with snow removal, recipients must be a resident of the Borough of Wildwood Crest and have a physical disability or be a senior citizen without access to help from friends or family. In addition, the home must be owner occupied and must serve as the owner's primary residence.

Volunteers will be dispatched after snowfall ends and when accumulation is at least two inches or more. Volunteers will assist in removing snow from sidewalks and car access areas.

Residents wishing to receive assistance with snow removal are required to fill out an application, which is available on the Public Works page of the borough website at wildwoodcrest.org.

The borough is currently seeking volunteers and ambassadors ages 16 and older interested in aiding local residents in need.

All volunteers will be required to complete a short training session. Safety gear, equipment and salt will be provided by the Department of Public Works.

Those wishing to volunteer can download an application from the Public Works page of the borough website at wildwoodcrest.org.

All applications for volunteers will be reviewed to determine eligibility.

For more information, contact Sarah Steiner at the Department of Public Works via email at ssteiner@wildwoodcrest.org or via phone at 609-522-7446.

Morey's Piers grabs the Brass Ring at IAAPA Expo 2019


PRESS RELEASE

THE WILDWOODS - Morey's Piers in Wildwood, New Jersey was named Best Midway Games Operations at the 2019 IAAPA Brass Ring Awards. The awards were presented on November 20 at the annual IAAPA Expo 2019 in Orlando, Florida.

"Morey's Piers strives to create memorable game experiences for both employees and guests by valuing safety, professionalism, engagement, efficiency and fun," says Mike Weimar, senior games manager of Morey's Piers. "Our unique training, innovative operations, and incomparable guest service allow us to operate a world class game operation at one of the best seaside parks in the world."

The "Games 101" training program is the key to successful game operations. It incorporates both classroom and real life exercises to demonstrate the difference between mediocre and extraordinary game procedures. Upon completion, new game operators are prepared to deliver the best possible experience to visitors.

The seaside attraction is home to 42 games spread across three amusement piers on the Wildwood Boardwalk and feature several types of games like group, skill, winner every time, chance and interactive. Interactive games have added excitement and interaction to the piers, allowing participants to be the main attraction while also enticing others to cheer and watch.

At Morey's Piers, guest can compete in the Strong Man Challenge or test sport skills with the Three Point Challenge, Soccer Challenge and Hockey Challenge.

The IAAPA Brass Ring Awards annually recognize achievements of excellence and innovations throughout the global attractions industry. The accolades received its name from a tradition dating back to the 1800's in which carousel riders endeavored to grab one of the few brass rings located next to the ride to receive a prize.

The IAAPA Brass Ring Awards are considered one of the global attractions industry's most prestigious honors.


About Morey’s Piers

Morey’s Piers, located on the boardwalk in the Wildwoods, New Jersey is a classic seaside amusement park, family owned and operated since 1969. Recognized as 2019 Park of the Year by Amusement Today and #1 Best Beach Boardwalk by Family Vacation Critic Morey’s Piers has over 100 rides and attractions spanning over eighteen acres along six beach blocks and includes three amusement piers and two beachfront water parks. Convenient to the major population centers of the Northeast, yet a world apart, Morey’s Piers along with Morey Hotels & Resorts combines the pure joy of an amusement park, the sights and sounds of a classic boardwalk, outstanding accommodations, together with the rhythm of beach life. Visit them at Surfside Pier, featuring the Ocean Oasis Water Park and Beach Club at 25th Avenue, Mariner’s Landing Pier, featuring Raging Waters Water Park at Schellenger Avenue, and Adventure Pier at Spencer Avenue. For more information, visit www.moreyspiers.com or phone (609) 522-3900 or like us on Facebook. You can also follow us on Twitter and YouTube.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Wildwood Crest to host holiday tree lighting ceremony - Tuesday, December 3rd


PRESS RELEASE

WILDWOOD CREST - The Borough of Wildwood Crest will host a holiday tree lighting and bayfront decorating ceremony on Tuesday, December 3 at 6 pm along Sunset Lake at Atlanta and New Jersey avenues.

The event is free and open to the public.

The ceremony will include a visit from Santa Claus, live holiday-themed music from Camille Peruto, an appearance by the student choir at Crest Memorial School, free refreshments, a short family-style run hosted by Wildwood Crest Mayor Don Cabrera and more.

Rain/inclement weather date for the event is Thursday, December 5.

For further information, call the Wildwood Crest Recreation Department at 609-523-0202.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Indoor yard sale, bake sale to be hosted by Post 184 on Saturday, December 7th

PRESS RELEASE

WILDWOOD - American Legion Post 184 will be hosting an indoor yard sale and bake sale on Saturday, December 7 to raise funds for building repairs. The ongoing fundraising for the building has been the focus of Post 184 since summer, and efforts will continue through 2020.

The yard sale and bake sale is open to the public for shopping as well as selling. Tables are $10 each and registration is only available online.

Featured at the yardsale will be household items, holiday decor, clothing, accessories and more.

Post 184 hopes this event will add to the busy weekend of attractions in town.

To register or for a full list of rules, please visit legion184.org.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Christmas in the Plaza 2019 arrives in Downtown Wildwood - December 6th & 7th


PRESS RELEASE

DOWNTOWN WILDWOOD - Downtown Wildwood is kicking off the Christmas Season at Byrne Plaza on Friday and Saturday, December 6 & 7, with a big, two-day holiday event!

This year's Christmas in the Plaza, sponsored by the Greater Wildwood Jaycees, will include free carnival rides, craft and food vendors, holiday activities, appearances by Santa Claus (Friday) and Mrs. Claus (Saturday), live entertainment and more.

Byrne Plaza is located at 3400 Pacific Avenue (between Oak and Schellenger avenues) in Downtown Wildwood.

Christmas in the Plaza starts at 5 pm on Friday, December 6. The Greater Wildwood Jaycees Christmas Parade will march south on Pacific Avenue, before circling back and ending at Byrne Plaza for the awards ceremony and Byrne Plaza Christmas Tree Lighting.

Come early for dinner in the plaza or at one of the many great Downtown Wildwood restaurants. Take the kids on the free rides, grab a cup of hot chocolate and shop the nearby shops and plaza vendors, while you wait for the parade and arrival of Santa Claus.

The free carnival rides and vendors, along with other festivities, will resume on Saturday, December 7, from 10 am until 4 pm. In the morning, Mrs. Claus will visit Byrne Plaza to read Christmas stories to the children - bring a chair or blanket to sit in on the fun!

At noon, the John Walter Cape Community Band will take the stage to entertain the crowd with life Christmas music until the event closes at 4 pm.

Don't forget to bring your camera to take Christmas pictures at the photo opportunity area!

Christmas in the Plaza 2019 is being made possible by a partnership with the Greater Wildwood Jaycees, GWTIDA, WBID and the City of Wildwood.

Follow the Greater Wildwood Jaycees NJ on Facebook for the latest Christmas in the Plaza information.

For additional info about the Greater Wildwood Jaycees Christmas Parade and the 10th Annual Holiday Decorating Contest for Businesses, please contact the Greater Wildwood Jaycees at 609-729-5501 or visit www.wildwoodholiday.com.

Visit www.DOOWW.com and LIKE us on Facebook at Wildwood By The Sea to stay up to date on all the great things happening in Downtown Wildwood!

Morey’s Piers Annual Holiday Sale Offers Deep Discounts on Summer Fun


PRESS RELEASE

The Wildwoods – Morey’s Piers, located on the boardwalk of the Wildwoods, NJ, launches its annual holiday sale on November 26. Through January 3, 2020 savvy shoppers can find savings up to 40% for a season of wild rides and water park admission at the 2019 Park of the Year, as designated by Amusement Today Magazine.

The classic seaside attraction’s signature Wild Pass offers unlimited summer fun for $275, a savings of $125 from the retail value of $400. The Wild Pass consists of one ride wristband per day valid for rides on all three piers and all day access to both beachfront water parks: Ocean Oasis Water Park and Beach Club and Raging Waters Water Park. Additional Wild Pass savings are available for age groups including children (under 42” tall), seniors and others.

The Wild Water Park Pass, a pass for water park admission only, is priced at $125 (regularly $200). The Wild Water Park Pass is good for one all-day water park wristband per day of the season.

The Pier Ride 10 Pack includes 10 individual all day pier passes for $425, saving Holiday Sale shoppers $165. The Wild Water Park 10 Pack includes 10 individual all day water park passes for $280, a savings of $190.

Gift givers will also find an array of thoughtful stocking stuffers, such as:

· Wild Ticket Card: Features 75 ride tickets.
· Tram Car Ticket Book: Includes 25 one-way rides on the tram for $45.
· Gift Cards ($25, $50, $100):  Can be applied towards any purchase at Morey’s Piers’ ticket booths, guest services, food and beverage outlets, Ocean Oasis and Raging Waters water parks and/or retail stores.

Online orders can be purchased by visiting moreyspiers.com. Starting November 29, purchases can be made by phone at 1-866-MOREYS1 (phone lines open daily from 8:00am-8:00pm). Pricing does not include applicable tax. For more information on Morey’s Piers, visit www.moreyspiers.com.


About Morey’s Piers

Morey’s Piers, located on the boardwalk in the Wildwoods, New Jersey is a classic seaside amusement park, family owned and operated since 1969. Voted Park of the Year by Amusement Today and #1 Best Beach Boardwalk by Family Vacation Critic Morey’s Piers has over 100 rides and attractions spanning over eighteen acres along six beach blocks and includes three amusement piers and two beachfront water parks. Convenient to the major population centers of the Northeast, yet a world apart, Morey’s Piers along with Morey Hotels & Resorts combines the pure joy of an amusement park, the sights and sounds of a classic boardwalk, outstanding accommodations, together with the rhythm of beach life. Visit them at Surfside Pier, featuring the Ocean Oasis Water Park and Beach Club at 25th Avenue, Mariner’s Landing Pier, featuring Raging Waters Water Park at Schellenger Avenue, and Adventure Pier at Spencer Avenue. For more information, visit www.moreyspiers.com or phone (609) 522-3900 or like us on Facebook. You can also follow us on Twitter and YouTube.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Annual 50/50 fundraiser kicks off at American Legion Post 184

PRESS RELEASE

WILDWOOD - Christmas Cash is here again from Post 184 and members are actively seeking raffle tickets throughout the community.

The 50/50 will raise funds for building repairs and also benefit Post 184's charitable programs. This year, Post 184 decided to increase ticket prices to align with similar 50/50 raffles in the area. Each ticket is $5 or or five tickets are available for the reduced price of $20.

Last year, with tickets only being $1, the winners split $1,500. This year, the goal is to split at least $3,000. The first place winner will receive 25 percent of ticket revenue; second place will get 15 percent and third place takes home 10 percent.

The drawing will take place on Friday, December 13 at 8 pm at Post 184 (4200 Atlantic Avenue).

Winners will be notified by phone.

Tickets are available from select members or at the Canteen at Post 184. The raffle is open to the public. All entrants must be 18 or older to enter.

If you or someone in your family has a gambling problem, call 1-800-GAMBLER.

All details are available at legion184.org.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Local officials hold press conference in North Wildwood on beach resiliency


From the City of North Wildwood:

New Jersey Congressman Jeff Van Drew held a press conference on Friday, November 8 at North Wildwood's 7th Street Beach to discuss a ruling by Department of Interior Secretary David Bernhardt regarding the availability of sand from Hereford Inlet for non-emergency federal beach stabilization projects.

Congressman Van Drew asked Secretary Bernhardt for a meeting involving officials from Avalon, Stone Harbor and North Wildwood, who were all impacted by a decision by Fish and Wildlife's interpretation of a federal statue for which the Secretary disagreed, and supported all three coastal communities.

Congressman Van Drew, Avalon Mayor Martin Pagliughi, Stone Harbor Mayor Judy Davies-Dunhour and North Wildwood Mayor Patrick Rosenello all spoke at length about erroneous interpretation by Fish and Wildlife, and how that interpretation put lives, property and environmental assets in Stone Harbor and North Wildwood at risk.

Monday, November 4, 2019

The Race of Gentlemen wins again with largest event in years


TROG expansion a success with large crowds for the offseason

PRESS RELEASE

WILDWOOD, NJ - Over 20,000 people made it onto the beach October 6-7th for The Race of Gentlemen, making this year’s event the largest in the past few years.

TROG started as a two day beach race of pre and post war cars and motorcycles, and this year expanded to a five day event through Wildwood. The event was a good kick off to the October off season in Wildwood, and provided a boost to area businesses.


"We were happy to be back in October,” said creator Mel Stultz “TROG is one of the most special times of year for us in Wildwood. Racing this year was great and we can't wait to come back next year."


Wednesday the party kicked off with a sold out pre-party at PigDog at the end of Morey’s Piers. Thursday and Friday brought a swap meet and car show down to Fox Park and Atlantic Avenue. The swap meet featured over 50 vendors selling various vintage and antique parts, vehicles and more.

Throughout the swap meet visitors enjoyed live music, Warsteiner beers, and food from Mermaid Mutineer and Ribeyes. The Night of Troglodytes Chopper Show once again took place at the Binn’s Motel, where over 70 choppers were on display. 


Saturday and Sunday mornings, racing kicked off early to beat the tides. A wall of fans watched at the fences, more attendees sat in the stands and sand dunes, and even more enjoyed walking around the event for food, more Warsteiner beers, the TROG merch tent, and more attractions. The classic car show just outside of the event space featured over 50 classic cars and was an added bonus to the event festivities.


Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano, Jr considers this year’s event as a massive success due to the October event date, expanding the event through town, and creating unique additions like the swap meet.


“The event was very beneficial to our businesses and community,” said Troiano. “It was enjoyed by all and the event draws a nice crowd. We look forward to hosting The Race of Gentlemen again next year.”


Winners from this year were: Rail Class- Harry Carlson AKA Crazy Uncle Harry; 4 Banger- Pat Cronin; V8-Jeremy Baye; Big Twin Bike-Nick Hunter; 45 Bike-Traver Stegall.


The Race of Gentlemen looks forward to returning in 2020, and details will be posted on theraceofgentlemen.com and social media.


About TROG
TROG isn’t an invention. It’s been happening well before our founders were born, but now it has a name and a place in the foreground of modern culture. TROG taps into something primal and emotional. An escape from an impressively mundane world, offering mechanical reprieve from its backlit, binary grip. TROG events are real, jarring and built on the strongest, sappiest foundation of all... friendship. A weekend retreat with late nights and early mornings, where you laugh and yell and experience nature in the strangest possible way. A reminder that most admirable aspects of humanity have yet to die off.


About The Oilers Club
Founded by Jim Nelson in Southern California over 65 years ago, The Oilers Club, was a small group of thrill-seeking friends that built and raced hot rods and motorcycles using outdated pre-WWII era chassis, bodies, motors and parts. In 2010, the keys to the club were handed to Meldon Van Riper Stultz III, a Jersey Shore native who, with his colorful crew of vintage car and motorcycle revivalists, now stage these rolling exhibitions at historically significant locations across the country.


More information on The Race of Gentleman and tickets can be found online at theraceofgentlemen.com facebook.com/OilersCCRaceOfGentlemen and instagram.com/t.r.o.g._official

Thursday, October 31, 2019

North Wildwood works with DEP on Flood Mitigation Project


PRESS RELEASE

NORTH WILDWOOD The City of North Wildwood is currently working with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NDEP) on a Flood Hazard Mitigation project to construct a pump-station in the city's Olde New Jersey/Spruce Avenue parking lot, adjacent and through the Seawall.

The pump-station will alleviate flooding along the city's emergency access route. The project will consist of upgrading a large portion of the storm drainage system, and replacing several storm water outfall lines that currently empty onto the inlet beach.

The pump-station project will also include a gravity system that will drain normal amounts of storm water during normal rain and minor flooding events, and the pump system will enable the drainage of more severe rain and flooding events.


The pump system will be activated automatically during major coastal flooding events to ensure that Central Avenue/Spruce Avenue/Anglesea Drive/New Jersey Avenue remain accessible. There is only one emergency access route out of North Wildwood, and one of the three (3) off of the island of the Wildwoods. It is imperative that this route remain accessible not only for the residents/home owners of the Wildwoods, but also for our emergency response vehicles, such as ambulances and fire engines during potential mass casualty events.

The pumps themselves will be below ground level and placed adjacent to the seawall at Olde New Jersey Avenue. The pumps will be powered by electricity and will have a backup generator in the evnet of loss of power. The generator will be constructed in the municipal parking lot that abuts Old New Jersey Avenue.

"I would like to personally thank the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) for awarding North Wildwood the $10,000,000.00 Flood Resiliency Grant, which is historic in that it is the largest sum of any grant awarded to the city," said Mayor Patrick Rosenello.

"This grant will help prevent flood damage; and keep the only entrance and exit into town (NJ147/North Wildwood Boulevard) open in a major flooding event or emergency."

Wildwood Crest Recreation to host two-part Community Financial Wellness Lecture Series in November

PRESS RELEASE

WILDWOOD CREST – The Borough of Wildwood Crest Recreation Department and the Wildwood Crest Wellness Committee will host a free two-part lecture series on financial wellness on consecutive Wednesdays in November.

The lecture series will feature presentations by financial planning experts and will be held at the Crest Pier Recreation Center at 5800 Ocean Avenue on Wednesday, November 13 and Wednesday, November 20, both at 6 pm.

The November 13 lecture, titled "Work, Life & Money," will be hosted by Tod Shoffler, a certified financial planner from Crest Wealth Management, a division of Crest Savings Bank. The lecture will focus on building a strong financial future, investment strategies for retirement, overall financial planning and children and money.

The November 20 lecture, titled "A Smart Investment In Your Future," will be hosted by Robert J. Poserina, a tax and elder law attorney from Poserina & McHugh law firm in Cape May Court House. The lecture will focus on estate planning, wills trusts, guardianships, power of attorney, probate, estate administration and an overview of Medicaid and nursing home planning.

Each lecture will include a presentation by the guest speaker, followed by a question-and-answer session.

No pre-registration is necessary. Light refreshments will be served.

For further information, call the Crest Pier Recreation Center at 609-523-0202.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Beach boxes earn 42 percent revenue increase in Wildwood for 2019, 175 percent increase overall


PRESS RELEASE

WILDWOOD, NJ  -  The City of Wildwood is proud to announce the most successful season yet for their beach box storage system. The beach boxes are '4x4' units that can store chairs, umbrellas and beach gear close to the water to take the hassle out of going to the beach.

In January, the city announced a new booking method that would increase revenue and ease the booking process for seasonal renters. Instead of booking all units on a first-come, first-serve basis, the units were separated in the booking system as seasonal or weekly units. Only two weekly units per street were allocated until Memorial Day. With the former booking process, seasonal renters would miss out if a weekly renter booked one week in a beach box. The city would also lose the full potential revenue of the unit.

Once seasonal renters secured their boxes, the City of Wildwood's Department of Beach Services monitored the website to allocate leftover seasonal boxes to weekly renters. This made it easier to continue to provide availability for Wildwood's travelers and increase the efficiency of the rental system.

Mayor Ernie Troiano, Jr. decided to make the change in the booking process after regaining department oversight at the end of 2018. He also decided to work with the Borough of Wildwood Crest through a Shared Services Agreement to extend the boxes from Cresse Avenue to Washington Avenue. The Crest Beach Boxes were listed as all seasonal units and sold out within two days. In addition to the booking strategy and expansion, Troiano decided to increase rates by $15 on a weekly unit and $25 on a seasonal unit after comparing to other area storage systems and seeing Wildwood was greatly underpriced.

The successful season for the beach boxes will allow for expansion of units in both Wildwood and Wildwood Crest. After many requests, Troiano and the Department of Beach Services are in talks with North Wildwood; however no formal arrangements have been made at this time. Beach boxes for 2020 will be offered staring on January 2, with 2019 seasonal renters given first opportunity to rebook the same units.

For more information on the city's beach boxes, visit www.wildwoodbeachboxes.com or www.crestbeachboxes.com.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

WBID recognized statewide for progress in Downtown Wildwood


PRESS RELEASE

The Wildwood Business Improvement District (WBID) continues to receive accolades for the development of Byrne Plaza and improvements in Downtown Wildwood.

On October 18, Downtown New Jersey (DNJ) presented the Individual of Excellence Award to John Donio, WBID Board President, for Achievements in Promoting and Revitalizing Downtown Wildwood.

Presented at the 2019 DNJ Conference at the Westminster Arts Center in Bloomfield, NJ, the DNJ award recognized John for leading the resurgence of Downtown Wildwood and being a vital part of WBID's efforts to improve economic development and growth of Downtown Wildwood, ultimately impacting overall tourism in the Wildwoods. 

John has served as WBID President since 2012 and owns the Daytona Inn & Suites in Wildwood. Most notable of his many accomplishments, John led the launching of the new $1.15 million Byrne Plaza in Downtown Wildwood - a 60,000 square foot outdoor space which hosts over 100 events annually.

Patrick Rosenello, Executive Director, Wildwood Business Improvement District Management Corporation, praised John, saying "During his tenure as president of the WBID, John Donio has dedicated his efforts in achieving the WBID's chief objectives - to increase foot traffic to the downtown area, attract new businesses, and showcase Downtown Wildwood as a viable tourist destination.

"The evolution of the downtown over the past seven-plus years in remarkable, due in no small part to John's dedication and contributions."

The WBID is proud of Downtown Wildwood improvements and congratulates John Donio on this well-deserved recognition. 

Additionally, WBID was recently informed that Byrne Plaza has been designated a 2019 Great Place in New Jersey by the New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association.

According to the notification letter, "Great Places in New Jersey celebrates downtowns, pubic spaces, streets and neighborhoods of exemplary character, quality and planning. These places represent the gold standard in terms of having a true sense of place, cultural and historical interest, community involvement and a vision for tomorrow."

Since its inception in 2012, the APA New Jersey Awards Jury has designated 35 locations throughout the state worthy of being called "great." Byrne Plaza will be joining this elite group on October 30 at an Awards Reception that will take place at the South Orange Performing Arts Center.

The Wildwood Business Improvement District is a legal, self-governing, non-profit organization that provides services to the Wildwood Business District through a self-imposed assessment. The WBID works with the City of Wildwood to improve existing services to the district and provide additional enhancements and focus. Funding is created through an annual assessment on property in the district, collected by the city, but transferred and controlled by the BID. The BID management team implements and annual strategic and operating plan. The Wildwood Business District Management Corporation can be reached at 609-523-1602 or via email at wildwoodbusinessdistrict@gmail.com.