Monday, February 17, 2014

NJ's Top 10 Beaches voting opens - IMPORTANT Changes that affect the Wildwoods

After a one-year break due to Superstorm Sandy, the New Jersey's Top 10 Beaches survey is back. Voting begins today at noon and will end at midnight on April 30th.
As in previous years, the results will be announced just before Memorial Day Weekend at the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium's State of the Shore media event.

"The Wildwoods" took the top spot in 2010, 2011, an 2012 - BUT, technically, there will be no four-peat.

Here's why...

"The vote is going to its original ballot roots when the NJTTB poll began in 2008, and votes for Wildwood, North Wildwood, and Wildwood Crest being kept separate," NJTTB representative Kim Kosko told Wildwood 365.

No official explanation as to why this change was made, but dividing up the three towns that make up the Wildwoods certainly alters the dynamic.

There is a chance, of course, that Wildwood, North Wildwood, and the Crest could "split the vote," hurting each one in the poll. On the flip side, this is a great opportunity for the collective popularity of the island to be put on full display.

When the towns were listed as separate entities in 2008 and 2009, the results spoke volumes.

In 2008, Wildwood and the Crest finished #1 and #2, respectively, while North Wildwood took the #4 spot. Ocean City slid in between at #3.

In 2009, Ocean City took the top spot, marking the only time in the five-year history of the survey that some incarnation of the Wildwoods did not claim #1. Long Beach Island took the #2 spot that year, with Wildwood coming in at #3, the Crest at #4, and North Wildwood at #6.

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