Friday, March 16, 2018

Hereford Inlet Lighthouse now open weekends

Historic Hereford Inlet Lighthouse is reopen for weekends as of today.

Hours for the rest of March and all of April will be Friday through Sunday, 10 am to 2 pm. Admission is FREE.

On March 31 and April 30, the lighthouse will be offering Full Moon Night Climbs from 8 pm to 10 pm.

The lighthouse is located at 111 North Central Avenue in North Wildwood, overlooking scenic Hereford Inlet.

It was completed and became operational in 1874, less than 10 years after the end of the American Civil War. The structure was moved 150 feet to the west (its current location) in 1913, after a severe storm damaged its foundation.

For more information, call 609-522-4520 or visit

Seaport Pier continues to take shape, will boast Wildwoods' largest pool

Courtesy of Seaport Pier
Progress continued this week at Seaport Pier, with more roofing work, the completion of the north side wall and support pylons for the swimming pool driven.

Further info on the Starboard Swim Club was also released, as the pier's Facebook page noted that it will boast the Wildwoods' largest swimming pool once completed.

The swim club will also feature: seasonal lockers, unlimited towel service, indoor and outdoor food and beverage menus, live entertainment, swim-up bar, morning poolside yoga and boot camp classes for members, and additional activities for adult and children members.

Membership rates and packages will be announced next week.

Seaport Pier, being planned as a year-round, multi-purpose venue at 22nd & Boardwalk in North Wildwood, is scheduled to open Memorial Day Weekend.

Follow Seaport Pier on Facebook for the latest updates and photos.

See also:

Seaport Pier hosting Job Fair at Philly's Sugar House Casino - Friday, April 6th

Seaport Pier construction update

Seaport Pier announces attractions: Sand Bar, Dive Bar & Starboard Swim Club

BG Capital announces development of Seaport Pier - a year-round, multi-purpose venue for regional and tourist guests of North Wildwood

BIG update on what's coming to Seaport Pier; restaurant, bars, swim club and more

Higher Grounds: Indie film shot in Wildwood now in post-production

Beach scene from Higher Grounds, courtesy of Joe Kramer - @kramervideo

Higher Grounds, an independent film partially shot in Wildwood last Fall, is now in post-production.

The movie's tagline reads: On the day fateful day intelligent life arrives to destroy Earth, one slacker alien becomes sidetracked when smitten with a bitter barista. Suddenly, our survival depends on whether or not this space-shmuck can get her number!

"We're hoping to have the film finished by early summer," co-writer and director Joe Kramer told Wildwood 365. "At that point, we'll begin submitting it to festivals and sending it around to contacts we have and productions companies and networks, with the goal of turning it into a series."

Regarding the importance of the film's Wildwood scenes, Kramer said that "the beach plays an integral role in the plot and we loved the look of Morey's Piers (Surfside Pier). It has an almost surreal quality in the background of our beach scene, like something out of a Fellini movie."

Principal photography for Higher Grounds took place over the course of six days in late-September and early-October of 2017 in Philadelphia and Wildwood.

The film was co-written by Christian Sarkis Graham, who also serves as producer.

Crest to adopt ordinances to comply with affordable housing mandate


Wildwood Crest – The Borough of Wildwood Crest is set to adopt a series of ordinances as required as part of the settlement agreement between the borough and Fair Share Housing Center to provide its fair share of the region’s affordable housing need.

These ordinances, in response to a mandated order by the New Jersey Supreme Court on the matter, are set to be adopted at the meeting of the Wildwood Crest Board of Commissioners on Wednesday, March 21, at 5:30 p.m. at borough hall at Sweetbriar Road and Pacific Avenue.

Prior to the adoption of these ordinances, Michael Jedzeniak of Surenian & Associates, LLC, the borough’s special counsel assigned to the former Council on Affordable Housing (COAH), and Linda Weber of CME & Associates, the borough’s planning consultants for COAH, will give a brief explanation for the needs and purposes of the aforementioned ordinances with respect to the obligations set forth by state court order.

The public is welcome to attend and ask questions.

For more information, contact the borough clerk’s office at (609) 729-8040.

Crest proposes 2018 budget with penny increase; sewer rates to decrease


Wildwood Crest – The Borough of Wildwood Crest has proposed a $23.9 million budget for the 2018 fiscal year, representing a nearly $2.6 million decrease from 2017.

The 2018 budget was introduced at the Feb. 21 regular meeting of the Wildwood Crest Board of Commissioners. A public hearing will be held on the proposed budget at the Wednesday, March 21, meeting of the Board of Commissioners scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at Wildwood Crest Borough Hall.

The budget will be up for adoption following the public hearing.

The municipal tax rate will rise from .661 cents per $100 of assessed value to .671 cents per $100 of assessed value, a tax rate increase of just one penny. The total tax rate is $1.254.

Wildwood Crest homeowners with a house assessed at $435,000 will see an approximately $45 increase in the local tax rate in 2018. However, the borough was able to reduce the sewer rate for the third quarter for 2018 by .80 cents to help offset the increase in taxes. The third quarter variable sewer rate (three-month summer rate) is now $21.80. The rate for the same period in 2017 was $22.60.

The new tax rate is expected to raise about $15.3 million for the borough, an increase of about $201,000 from 2017.

The 2018 budget includes a projected total of approximately $54,000 in state and federal grants, compared to more than $1.6 million in 2017. A large grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was included in the 2017 budget. Monies from the FEMA grant have been encumbered to assist with the Sunset Lake shore stabilization project scheduled to begin later this year.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

WILD Weekend: Celebrating St. Patrick's Day in the Wildwoods

St. Patrick's Day is always well celebrated in the Jersey Shore, especially in North Wildwood - with the annual parade along Atlantic Avenue and the lively pub scene on and around Olde New Jersey.

This year, March 17 falls on a Saturday, making it an extra special occasion.

The North Wildwood St. Patrick's Day Celebration & Parade will begin with a ceremony on the front steps of City Hall (10th & Atlantic) at 11:30 am. The parade will kick off from this location at noon and proceed north on Atlantic to Olde New Jersey.

A colorful collections of local and guest organizations will take part, including VFW Color Guard, Vietnam Veterans of America, Ancient Order of Hibernians, Irish Pipe Brigade, Emerald Society, Miss North Wildwood Mae Cecilla Bischoff, Queen Oceania, Anglesea Irish Society, Sheriff Mounted Patrol, school bands and more.

Dolly McGee will serve as this year's Grand Marshal.

The festivities are FREE to attend and enjoy.

For more information, call 609-522-2955 or visit

Seawall extension resuming after storms

The ocean meets the recently-installed bulkhead on March 4; Photo by NW Beach Patrol

The southern extension of the seawall in North Wildwood is set to resume after delays caused by two recent storms.

The back-to-back nor'easters in early March caused considerable erosion to the city's beaches, washing away the stretch from 3rd to 5th Avenue.

Were it not for the new bulkhead, JFK Boulevard and nearby condos could have incurred "catastrophic" damage, according to Mayor Patrick Rosenello.

The bulkhead, between Third & Sixth Avenues is part of the ongoing $10 million seawall extension, a partnership between the city and state. As the project progresses, work may be extended to 7th Avenue to further fortify the line of defense against future storms.

Wildwood Fishing & Boating Expo returns, April 7 & 8

"The Ultimate expo for fishing and boating enthusiasts" returns to the Wildwoods Convention Center, Saturday, April 7 and Sunday, April 8.

The 2018 Wildwood Fishing & Boating Expo will feature displays and demonstrations, local experts and vendors for all fishing and boating needs - including boats, motors, electronics, custom tackle, rods and reels and more.

Expo hours for Saturday are 9 am - 6 pm; Sunday will be 9 am - 3 pm.

Admission is $5 at the door. All military, law enforcement, firefighters and children under 12 are FREE.

For more information, call 609-377-1617 or visit

Beefie's sandwich shop debuts today

Courtesy North Wildwood Rec & Tourism
North Wilwood has the MEATS!

Beefie's sandwich shop (701 New Jersey Avenue) will begin welcoming customers at 10 a.m. this morning.

The island's newest eatery specializes in hand-carved, slow-cooked meats (roast pork, beef, ham), to be made freshly on site each day.

Takeout and delivery options are available, as is a catering menu. Call ahead at 609-551-4965.

Beefie's plans to operate 7 days a week, year round, with extended evening hours during the summer season.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Traffic pattern change helps ensure student safety


WILDWOOD – Students attending Glenwood Avenue Elementary School will have safer corridor on their way to and from school each day now that the direction of traffic on New York Avenue from Maple to 26th streets has been changed to a one-way direction.

As of January 23, drivers need to be aware of the new traffic pattern and stop sign.

During their last meeting of 2017 city commissioners unanimously passed an ordinance to change the traffic pattern to add another layer of safety for pedestrians. In addition to changing direction of traffic, the stop sign at the corner of New York Avenue was moved to the corner of Maple Avenue.

“We wanted to be proactive in protecting our youngest citizens,” explained Commissioner Pete Byron of the decision to change the traffic pattern.  He said the narrow, two-way New York Avenue posed a dangerous area for pedestrians and put motorists in the position of driving the narrow thoroughfare while watching for the many children and families who use the route.

Officials noted the new traffic pattern and placement of the stop sign was a task undertaken after conferring with local police and the school crossing guard, Marie Michl.

“Mrs. Michl, who helps our children cross the street every day, told us it might be beneficial to pedestrian safety to change the direction of traffic from two-way to one,” said Mayor Ernie Troiano.  “She is on duty every day helping to keep our children safe and is a valued member of the team of adults working to get kids to and from school.”

With the new traffic pattern now in effect, drivers are encouraged to be mindful of the new pattern.

“Changing the traffic pattern has had a positive effect,” said Commissioner Tony Leonetti who oversees the city’s Department of Public Safety. “Virtually everyone in the city has, or knows, a child who attends Glenwood Avenue Elementary School.  Keeping our kids safe is one of our highest priorities and it’s important that drivers be aware of the new pattern and follow it.”

Wildcard to launch from new location in 2018

Wildcard Watersports & Boat Cruises will run out of a new location for its second season.

The new launching spot is Mocean Marina at 560 W. Rio Grande. The Wildcard operated out of 2 Mile Landing during its inaugural summer in 2017.

Mocean Marina is also the home of No Bones Bait & Tackle Rental Boats, Charter Boats and Mocean Waverunner Rentals.

Located at the base of the Rio Grande Bridge, between Urie's and The Boathouse Restaurant, this easy-to-find marina has much to offer for families and thrill seekers alike.

Wildcard offers a wide range of on-the-water activities such as tubing, wake boarding and water skiiing, in addition to "Booze Cruises" (with stops at dockside bars and restaurants), historical tours and Friday Night Fireworks outtings.

For more information, check out or call 609-970-8373.

Follow Wildcard Watersports & Boat Cruises on Facebook for additional updates and photos.

Wildwood Beer Fest returns - Saturday, June 9th

The 4th Annual Wildwood Beer Fest will take place at Fox Park on Saturday, June 9.

A ticket to the festival grants access to 100+ brews, a commemorative tasting cup, live entertainment, food and craft vendors.

(Beer sampling is unlimited with ticket; food and merchandise for additional purchase.)

The event will be held in two sessions, with festivalgoers permitted to attend one session: 12 pm - 4 pm or 6 pm to 10 pm.

All brews and vendors will be the same at both sessions; however, live entertainment will change.

Tickets can be purchased for $40 in advance or $45 at the gate.

Designated Driver tickets will be available for purchase at the gate for $5 with a valid ID.

Follow the Wildwood Beer Fest on Facebook for updates and a to view the ever-growing list of participating breweries and vendors.

For more information, call 609-729-8870 or visit

The Wildwood Beer Fest asks that you think ahead and drive responsibly!

Boardwalk Coca-Cola Sign: Lights, Camera... Action!

Over the past several months, we've been following the renovation of the famous Boardwalk Coca-Cola Sign, by A.B.S. Sign Company.

A.B.S. removed the sign from its longtime location at Boardwalk & Cedar Avenue in late November, and has since been working on the stages of its eventual rebirth.

In our last update, we saw that the script letters had been sanded and primed, and were in the process of being repainted. Prior to that, wiring and light socket repairs had been done, according to A.B.S. owner Randy Hentges.

As seen in the photo above, the paint job is nearing completion - the decades-old signage that looked so weathered when we last saw it on the boards appears almost brand new!

A.B.S. has also begun lighting tests, with neon outlining and flashing bulbs in action. 

Catch of glimpse of what's to come HERE.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Wildwood announces 2018 Fox Park Amphitheater Concert Series

The City of Wildwood today announced the schedule for its 2018 Fox Park Amphitheater Concert Series.

(Click accompanying image for larger view.)

Concerts will be held every Sunday evening at 7:30 pm from June 24 to August 26.

All shows are FREE to the public.

Fox Park is located on Ocean Avenue between Montgomery and Burk avenues (across from the Wildwoods Convention Center).

The Fox Park Amphitheater Concert Series is sponsored by the Tourism & Development Commission.