You Could Now Get a $500 Fine for Releasing a Balloon in Atlantic City

Atlantic City doesn’t mess around.

You might already know not to feed seagulls in the Jersey Shore town – unless you want to end up in jail. As of last summer, beachgoers who feed seagulls in Atlantic City could face a $500 fine and up to 90 days in prison.

This week, the city passed a law that cracks down on people who release balloons into the sky, according to the Press of Atlantic CityRead more »

Jersey Shore Politics: This Is What Happens When No One’s Looking

A deserted street in Avalon after the shoobies have gone home | Photograph by Eric Prine

A deserted street in Avalon after the shoobies have gone home | Photograph by Eric Prine

THE SKY IS SHAPELESS and gray, looming above Margate like a wool curtain. Dustin Widas sits behind the wheel of a black-and-white Ford Explorer, sizing up empty million-dollar homes for unexpected signs of life as raindrops pitter-patter across his windshield. An inky-black AR-15 rifle is mounted to his right, a few inches from a 20-ounce cup of Wawa coffee.  Read more »

Why’s Everyone Freaked Out About Cape May Beach?

Photography by Ryan Collerd; photograph illustration by Alyse Moyer.

Photography by Ryan Collerd; photograph illustration by Alyse Moyer.

If you really squint at the shape of New Jersey, it looks like a malformed hand pointing angrily at the ocean. And the fingertip that’s jabbing at Mother Nature is Cape May, the southernmost city in the state, where my family has owned a home since 1964. For the most part, Cape May is a sleepy Shore town with an everybody-knows-everybody vibe. It’s the sort of place where most residences, even businesses, don’t lock the doors. Read more »

Tens of Thousands of Fish Wash Up in Multiple N.J. Fish Kills

Peanut Bunker via Brian Gratwicke, license,

Atlantic menhaden, aka peanut bunker by Brian Gratwicke via Creative Commons license,

Another day, another fish kill at the Jersey Shore.

This Sunday, thousands of dead fish washed up at the Atlantic Highlands marina in Monmouth County.

On Saturday, about 15,000 to 20,000 dead fish washed up in Little Egg Harbor in Ocean County. Earlier last week, more dead fish popped up in Keansburg in Monmouth County.

So what’s causing these fish kills? Per the Asbury Park Press, the state Department of Environmental Protection says that “most likely, these large groups of fish are bring chased by predator fish from colder waters, into warmer waters.” Read more »

Old-Fashioned Clambakes at Congress Hall

Often the scene of weddings, on Tuesdays in August, the Great Lawn will be home to a clambake.

Often the scene of weddings, on Tuesdays in August, the Great Lawn will be home to a clambake.

As much as we are in denial, the last few weeks of summer are approaching quickly. If you’re spending them down the shore, I am definitely jealous, but also have news about a fun event for you. Congress Hall in Cape May will be hosting clambakes every Tuesday through August 23rd.

Hosted on the Great Lawn, there will be live music and games every week. Ideal for those Tuesdays when you really just can’t find a reason to leave your beach chair and make dinner.

You can buy dinner for two people for $70, for up to six people for $180, and for up to eight people for $250. Each family-style meal is full of shrimp, mussels and middle neck clams with sides of Jersey corn and cucumber tomato salad. 

More details on the clambake »

Field Guide: 5 Best Workouts at the Jersey Shore

Best workouts at the Jersey Shore.

Photo by Istockphoto.

If you’ve spent most of your summer glued to your beach chair, it’s probably time you got a quality sweat session in. After all, you’ve got to counteract a summer’s worth of beachside beermosas somehow. To point you in the right calorie-burning direction, we got five Philly fitness pros to dish on their favorite Shore workouts, from killer yoga classes to beach boot camps. Take your pick, soon-to-be-reformed beach bums. Read more »

Manco & Manco’s Is Moving into the Old Strand Theatre in Ocean City

New Manco & Manco location - Ocean City, New Jersey - rendering

A rendering of the new Manco & Manco location on the Ocean City boardwalk.

The owners of Manco & Manco Pizza may still be waiting sentencing on their federal tax evasion case, but business continues to boom.

Yesterday, Manco & Manco announced it was moving its 9th Street location, on the Ocean City boardwalk, into the storefront of the old Strand movie theater. Read more »

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