Each year as the weather warms up and the schools let out, we begin our annual migration down the shore. And in case you’re not from around here, “down the shore” is synonymous with heading to the Jersey beaches.
Every summer weekend, Philly seems to become a ghost town as residents make the drive and take refuge in their beachfront homes. The freezing, murky water and running from the beach tag police are beloved traditions we’ve come to expect each year.
And now, the most highly anticipated weekend of the year is coming up and it’s time to load up on sunscreen, dust off our beach chairs and prepare to wait in bumper-to-bumper traffic to kick off the summer season.
Though most people may be looking forward to the greasy, oversized boardwalk pizza slice and those crispy, crinkly boardwalk fries, we’re pretty sure that some of you out there will be looking for something a little bit better. So from fancy meals to excellent local sandwich joints, we’ve got all of your down-the-shore dining needs covered for this Memorial Day Weekend and beyond.
North Wildwood police have released surveillance video of a truck that caused a section of the boardwalk to collapse. (We set the silent footage to some generic rock music to liven it up a bit.) Read more »
“He’s been part of the landscape of the North Wildwood beach for as long as I can remember … he was just a constant,” Al Alven of Wildwood 365 told Shore News Today. “There were several Fudgy Wudgy Men, but he was the Fudgy Wudgy Man.”
I know. I choked on my lunch, too, when I received a press release announcing that registration for the 2015 Wild Half, a 13.1-mile race in Wildwood, New Jersey, is officially open. It’s not that they’re necessarily jumping the gun or anything; it’s just that thinking about running a half marathon in warm May weather is, like, 100-percent not on my radar right now.
Most of the South Jersey shore beaches cost money; only Atlantic City and the three municipalities of the Wildwoods are free. The plan to bring beach tags to Wildwood, which will be discussed next Wednesday at a Wildwood Board of Commissioners meeting, would not effect the beaches in North Wildwood or Wildwood Crest. Though one has to imagine beach tags in Wildwood would make those towns more likely to start charging for the beaches, leaders of both said they weren’t interested in beach tags last year.
A LoopNet listings photo to market the Wildwood boardwalk’s Strand to potential buyers.
There seems to be a wide-spread belief that Five Mile Island – Wildwood, North and West Wildwood, and Wildwood Crest – was struck by Hurricane Sandy. Not true. Wildwood suffered virtually no storm damage, and Sandy had nothing to do with the marketing of these three Boardwalk properties.
It is axiomatic on the Wildwoods Boardwalk that properties between the two main Morey’s Piers are the most desirable, and these three properties (pictured in the gallery below) are on that coveted main stem. That fact alone, of course, is no guarantee of success for tenants. They have to know how to work the Boardwalk and be willing to put in the long, grueling hours that are demanded throughout the short summer seashore season. It’s not for everybody. Every season, Boardwalk amateurs, hopes high, open venues, only to take a salt water bath. It ain’t easy. Sometimes they stiff the landlord.
There are several other reasons Boardwalk property owners put up for sale signs. The Boardwalk Mall, long a landmark, lost two major tenants this year, and truth be told, the remaining tenants are a hodge-podge of tee-shirt shops and the rest of the stores that already line the Boardwalk outside. Despite the Weiland whale mural on the side of the building, the Boardwalk Mall is not the prime property it once was. But it will remain; it’s in good physical shape and the second floor, with it’s broad, graceful, curved ocean-view window will doubtless draw a new tenant, despite the constantly-rising rents.
“Oh those Wildwood days, Wild-Wild-Wildwood days
Every day’s a holiday, and every night is a chance to buy a cheaply-made t-shirt that’s likely crude, very possibly offensive, and definitely overpriced from one of the approximately 127 t-shirt shops on the boardwalk”
—Bobby Rydell, “Wildwood Days,” if I’m remembering it correctly
Monday was Memorial Day, and many Philadelphians celebrated it the only way they know how: By driving down the shore, laying on the beach, eating greasy food, and buying a tremendously tacky t-shirt.
I, too, participated in this annual summer tradition on Monday and went down to Wildwood. That’s right: It’s now time for my third-annual Wildwood boardwalk t-shirt round up. Previous editions in 2012 and 2013 (with a late-summer update) have covered enough ground that I’ll be ignoring some of the holdovers that are sticking around — Mickey hands, diamonds, pot and booze shirts, she’s/he’s mine, etc. — and focusing on new shirts or older ones that are having a resurgence. (Unfortunately, the Sex Drugs Dubstep t-shirt has not made its comeback yet.)
So kick up your feet, put on your best neon “I <3 my crazy wife” t-shirt, and get ready to learn about some classy shirts.
If you’re planning on running the Wildwood Half Marathon or 8K on May 18th but haven’t pulled the trigger yet, you’re in luck: The race just released a discount code to score $10 off your registration.