Monday, July 6, 2015

New Tower Brings More Safety to Wildwood Beach


This city’s Beach Patrol now has added a new layer of protection in helping to keep swimmers and beachgoers safe, a 20-foot tower, dubbed, “Tower X.”

Located on the beach at Lincoln Avenue, the newest addition to the beach patrol’s arsenal of safety measures made its debut July 1.

"We continue to work diligently to make sure visitors to our beach are protected,” said Commissioner for Public Safety Tony Leonetti. “This observation tower is another level of protection to enhance Wildwood’s beach patrol services.”

“The tower increases our sightline by about 12 to 15 feet,” said Wildwood Beach Patrol Chief Steven Stocks. On average, a lifeguard sitting in a traditional lifeguard chair, has a sightline of approximately eight feet.

“This gives us a better view of the surf zone,” Stocks said. “The lifeguard can read the ocean better, see the waves better, see the rip currents better and account for all of the people in his area of responsibility better because he or she is higher than in a lifeguard stand.”

According to Stocks, the tower will not be used for direct lifeguarding, but will give another level of observation that will overlap the lifeguards.  The tower will act like a waterline substation of the Wildwood Beach Patrol Headquarters.

“If a senior guard or lieutenant is in the observation tower, they probably now have an area of five or six beaches where they can see the guards clearly and see all the people in the water very clearly. We’ll be able to take a look at the water conditions, at the crowd conditions, at the rip current conditions, at the lifeguard operations,” explained the chief.

According to Leonetti, use of the tower was provided at no cost to the city by one of the city’s annual events, the Race for Gentlemen, that is held every October and brings classic vehicles to the beach. The observation tower, which will be manned on an as-needed basis, is the only one on the Five Mile Island.

“We’re fortunate to be able to utilize the tower,” Leonetti said. “Having the increased field of vision where lifeguards can watch not only the beach and the swimmers, but also ocean conditions, is key to helping keep everyone safer on our beaches.”

Even with the new tower Stocks said observing basic safety rules is the first line of defense for keeping safe on the beach.

“Please swim in front of a lifeguard stand and only go in the ocean when the lifeguards are on duty.”

Lifeguards are on duty daily from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Third Annual Wildwood Crest Sand Sculpting Festival set for Saturday, July 11th

Matt Long, an original cast member of the Travel Channel show Sand Masters,
is hard at work on the sculpture he created last year for the
Wildwood Crest Sand Sculpting Festival.


Grab your buckets and shovels, head to the beach and get ready for some fun at the third annual Wildwood Crest Sand Scupting Festival, scheduled for Saturday, July 11.

Join hundreds of beach lovers at this family friendly event, which includes a FREE amateur sand sculpting contest, live music, magic show, beach games and more.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. alongside the Wildwood Crest Beach Pier at Heather Road. Registration for the contest is free. 

There will be live music throughout the contest starting with local band Twelve:01 performing progressive and classic rock followed by headliners The Mango Men, with their energized and “sand-castle-inspiring” summer-themed party music.

The event will also feature a magic show by regionally renowned magician Bruce Newman, who has entertained at parties, festivals, corporate events and more throughout the Delaware Valley for years.
The contest is organized in conjunction with Can You Dig It Sand Tools and directed by internationally known sand sculptor Matt Long. 

Long is a regular competitor at master competitions, including the World Championships of Sand Sculpting, and is an original cast member of the Travel Channel Show Sand Masters. Long’s career in sand sculpting began right here in South Jersey at amateur events like this one.

The third annual Wildwood Crest Sand Sculpting Festival is to
the public and features live music on the beach at Heather Road.

Contest registration for the third annual Wildwood Crest Amateur Sand Sculpting Festival will begin onsite at 9 a.m. on the day of the event. Sand pits will be assigned, with carving starting at 10 a.m. sharp. 

To ensure a level playing field, the contest will have seven separate divisions ranging from youth solo/groups to adult solo and teams. New to this year’s contest is the creation of a pro/am division for more experienced adult sculptors.

Sculptures will be judged on creativity, execution, composition and overall presentation. Prizes and awards will be presented to first through third places in each division. There will also be a People’s Choice award for Best On The Beach, with the winner voted by spectator ballot. 

One of the artists at last year’s Wildwood Crest Sand Sculpting Festival
explains his work to some of the crowd gathered at the Heather Road beach.

“We’ve been overwhelmed with how successful this event has become in just its first two years and we’re really looking forward to this year’s festival,” Long said. “Wildwood Crest is not just one of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever been to, but it also has some of the finest beach sand in the world for sculpting.” 

Prior to contest day, on Thursday and Friday, July 9-10, Long will be carving one of his masterful castles at the site, providing an opportunity for those interested to stop by, ask questions and pick up some professional tricks and tips.  

For further information, email Long at , log on to or call 609- 523-0202. 

Information is also available on the Wildwood Crest Amateur Sand Sculpting Contest page on Facebook.

The third annual Wildwood Crest Sand Sculpting Festival is
scheduled for Saturday, July 11 at the Heather Road beach.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

4th of July Schedule of Events

Happy 4th of July, everyone...


We're celebrating in the Wildwoods in a BIG way today, with a Patriotic 5k, craft shows, parades, a FREE concert by the one-and-only Philly POPS at Fox Park, and our annual Fireworks Spectacular tonight.

Here's the FULL schedule of events:

<--- Special thanks to Donna Dorworth for this awesome pic!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Movies on the Beach to return starting next Tuesday (July 7th)... and they're FREE!

Grab a blanket, your beach chairs and some snacks from the Boardwalk, and get ready to settle in, as a very popular attraction is set to return...

Movies on the Beach will begin playing again next Tuesday (July 7th), and they'll be FREE!

The announcement was made by Wildwood Beach Services via its official Twitter account.

Stay tuned for more details, including show times and location...

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Fox 29's "Good Day Philadelphia" to broadcast LIVE from the Wildwoods Friday morning

Fox 29's popular Good Day Philadelphia show will air several segments from the Wildwoods tomorrow morning, as the island kicks off the 4th of July holiday weekend.

Reporters Jennaphr Frederick and Bob Kelly will be broadcasting live, corresponding with hosts Mike Jerrick and Alex Holley back at the studio in Philly.

Frederick will be on location at the following locations and times:

Avalon Coffee Co. (7th & New Jersey Aves.)  -  7:15 a.m.
Maui's Dog House (806 New Jersey Ave.)  -  8 a.m.
KONG (Surfside Pier)  -  9 a.m.

Kelly will be at Gateway 26 Casino (26th & Boardwalk) from 7 - 10 a.m. doing live traffic reports.

Be sure to tune in tomorrow morning, and if you're in the Wildwoods, we'd love to see you at these locations and on the air!

Wildwoods Beaches Make Top 10 List by Better Homes & Gardens


With its Doo Wop d├ęcor and wide, sandy free beaches, and world-class Boardwalk along with opportunities for fun at every turn, the Wildwoods have been named one of the 10 beaches for families in the United States by Better Homes and Gardens magazine.

In the magazine’s July issue, writer Larry Bleiberg stated, “From 1950s mod-style motels to boardwalk custard stands and amusement arcades, this classic Jersey Shore town packs a lot into its 5 miles.” 

In his comments about the Wildwoods, Bleiberg also noted the Wildwoods’ appeal to families:

“Take the kids crabbing, show them your skee-ball prowess, then dance the night away at an evening concert,” he wrote.

“For the past few years the Wildwoods have been focusing on becoming a world-class destination for beach vacations,” said Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano. “It is exciting to watch as the world acknowledges what we here on Five Mile Island have known for years - the Wildwoods offer a great vacation experience for families of all ages.”

Wildwoods Named "Most Beautiful Place" in New Jersey by


On a list that includes Big Sur, California, Hawaii’s Stairway to Heaven and the top of Cadillac Mountain in the Acadia Mountains of Maine, this city, along with its neighbors on Five Mile Island, has been dubbed “The Most Beautiful Place” in New Jersey by

In a June 23 posting, the website, which offers its readers information on food, drink and travel, writer Matt Meltzer shared his observation of the Wildwoods:

“A popular spot for whale watching, this island and its collection of towns with the name ‘Wildwood’ also boasts quiet beaches, boardwalks, a roller coaster, and all the other stuff you’d expect on the Jersey Shore  - just instead of loud music and IROC Camaros, there’s bird watching, English gardens, and a historic lighthouse.”

“We are thrilled to be named a part of New Jersey’s Most Beautiful Place,” said Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano.

“The Wildwoods offer something to everyone. Whether you’re enjoying a fun-filled day on the beach, fishing in a quiet ocean, experiencing the sounds and sights of our Boardwalk or watching a sunrise across the water, the beauty of our cities is unsurpassed.”

WBID Adds Downtown Tuesday Night Movies to Saturday Farmers Market Site at Pacific & Schellenger


The Wildwood Business Improvement District is well into their second season of running the successful Downtown Wildwood Farmers Market. Pacific & Schellenger comes alive early on Saturday mornings from 8 until 12:30 pm with 22+ vendors of farm fresh and home made goods in Downtown Wildwood.

Beginning on Tuesday, July 7th, this location will be also be the home of the Wildwood Business Improvement District’s Downtown Tuesday Free Family Movie Night!

The WBID ran a test movie for family and friends on Tuesday night and everyone enjoyed hanging out on their beach chairs and blankets and watching the big screen under the stars.

“We wanted to check the screen location and sound before our Grand Opening on July 7th,” commented Jodie DiEduardo, the Downtown Tuesday Family Movie Night Chairperson.

"The test night was a success. Everyone had fun and we are excited to invite everyone Downtown to Movie Nights for the rest of the summer!”

Downtown Wildwood restaurants will be offering Movie Night Specials to attract movie goers to come early and have dinner at a Downtown Wildwood Restaurant.

Restaurants in the WBID should call 523-1602 if they are interested in participating and having their Movie Night Specials publicized at the Farmers Market, on Facebook and at

Downtown Tuesday Family Movies will begin at dusk on Tuesdays through September 1st.  The weekly movie title, restaurants offering Movie Night Specials and any weather related updates, will be announced on Facebook at Wildwood By The Sea and at

FREE PARKING is available for Downtown Wildwood Movie Night and the Farmers Market in the parking lot behind the Pacific & Schellenger Avenues property, with entrances on Schellenger and Oak Avenues.

Please contact Joanne Messer at 609-523-1602 with any questions regarding this Wildwood Business Improvement District Press Release.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Fireworks Will Light up the Sky this Friday AND Saturday


In addition to the weekly Friday Night Fireworks Spectacular, the Wildwoods Boardwalk will be launching an extended version of the Fireworks Spectacular for the 4th of July on Saturday Night!

Accompanied by music on the Boardwalk Sound System both nights, the 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular music will include all your patriotic favorites and the actual fireworks will be twice as long as the Friday Night version.

The Fireworks will be launched from the Pine Avenue beach and be visible from everywhere on the Wildwoods Boardwalk.

Plan to Have a Blast on the Boardwalk this weekend, where you can start your day with a bike ride, visit the water parks, amusement parks, shops and restaurants and finish the evening with a Fireworks Spectacular you will not want to miss.

The Friday Night Fireworks will take place every Friday through Labor Day Weekend, with a rain date of Sunday night at 10 p.m., if needed.

In addition to the Friday Night Fireworks, the Boardwalk Special Improvement District also sponsors the Boardwalk Parades on Monday through Thursday nights at 7:30 p.m.

The Boardwalk Parades start at 16th Avenue and travel south on the Boardwalk to the Wildwood Convention Center. 

Like us on Facebook (Wildwood By The Sea) and check our website at to stay up to date on all Wildwoods Boardwalk Entertainment!

Please contact Joanne Messer at 609-523-1602 with any questions regarding this Boardwalk Special Improvement District Press Release.

Friday, June 26, 2015

4th of July Beach 'n Boardwalk Patriotic 5K and 1-Mile Family Walk to benefit upkeep of Wildwood Vietnam Memorial Wall


Over the past 4 years, the Wildwoods 5K Beach n’ Boardwalk Patriotic Run has raised over $30,000 for the maintenance and upkeep of the Wildwoods Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.

With upwards of 600 runners participating, this family oriented run has become a premier 4th of July event for the Island of the Wildwoods.

Event registration and packet pick up is at the Vietnam Memorial Wall across from the Wildwoods Convention Center on Saturday, July 4, 2015 from 7:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.

The 5K Patriotic Run will start at 9:00 a.m. sharp with the 1-mile walk to follow.

The race route will go from the Wildwoods Vietnam Veterans Wall up the Montgomery Avenue ramp down the boardwalk to the Burke Ave boardwalk extension down to the hard packed sand at the water line, south to Stockton road and back to Burke Avenue where the race will end on the beach.

Event organizers are proud to announce that lifelong Wildwood native and 2011 Wildwood Catholic graduate Zach DeWeese has been selected to be the 2015 Patriotic 5K Grand Marshal. Zack is a US Marine corporal in the 2nd battalion, 2nd marine division stationed in Camp Lejeune, NC.

Corporal DeWeese is an infantry squad leader recently returned from the South of Spain as part of a team that responded to the crisis in Africa.

When asked if he would like to be the Grand Marshal (Zach is on a 96-hour leave over the holiday) he responded with one request:

"Can I carry the American Flag as I run the course?" 

Corporal DeWeese will certainly be easy to spot in this year’s 5K Patriotic run. 

The registration fee for the 5K Beach n’ Boardwalk Patriotic Run is $25 for adults and $10 for students 18 and younger.

Commemorative T-shirts will be given to all participants who pre-register at

For additional information, please call John Lynch at 609-849-8887.

Weekend-long Italian-American Festival kicks off today in North Wildwood

The 21st Annual Italian American Festival begins this afternoon along Olde New Jersey Avenue in North Wildwood.

The three-day event, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus #2572, is a celebration of Italian-American heritage, food and music.

It features authentic cultural food, vendors, dancing, children's games, meatball relay races, Little Miss Italy contest, olive tree signings, raffles and FREE live entertainment.

This year's Grand Marshall is Philadelphia Eagles great Vince Papale!

The festival kicks off this afternoon, running tonight from 4 -10 p.m., all day on Saturday from 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., and on Sunday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

For more information, call 609-536-0176 or visit or

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Wildwood Named Best Shore Town by


In a vote that spanned eight shore towns from Monmouth to Cape May counties, when it comes to the best, Wildwood is number one, according to the readers of

“The winner of our best shore town may come as no shock,” wrote Peter Genovese in a recent post on, announcing Wildwood as the top vote-getter in a recent online poll.

The city received 35.5 percent of the total votes, surpassing Lavalette, which garnered 27.2 percent and Ocean Grove with 21.7 percent.

“Being named number one shore town by is another example of the public’s recognition of Wildwood as New Jersey’s premier beach vacation destination,” said Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano. 

Recently named as the number one rising vacation destination in the United States by TripAdvisor, the city has recently added more amenities to its beach to increase Wildwood’s wow factor for Summer 2015.

“We are thrilled to know that visitors to Wildwood know what we we’ve known for years – Wildwood is tops. We wish to thank all that voted and we invite everyone to visit Wildwood to experience all that we have to offer,” said Mayor Troiano.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Downtown Wildwood Farmers Market Adds 6 Weeks in 2015


The Wildwood Business Improvement District introduced the Downtown Wildwood Farmers Market on Pacific Avenue a year ago on June 28th.

One year later, the market season has grown from 10 weeks to 16 weeks and continues to attract new visitors each week! 

Since opening Memorial Day weekend, shoppers have been heading to Pacific and Schellenger every Saturday morning for their farm fresh fruits, vegetables, plants and cut flowers.

In addition to the farmers, the Downtown Wildwood Farmers Market has 16 vendors selling freshly baked products, bagged nuts, gourmet herb mixes and dressings, organic teas, honey, ice cream sandwiches, local wine, home made soaps, smoked meats and cheeses, pickles, salads and donuts and guacamole made on site while you watch.

Opening on Memorial Day Weekend, when the Wildwoods had record crowds, provided great exposure to the masses for the new market. 

“Many of our Memorial Day visitors have help us spread the word about the Downtown Wildwood Farmers Market taking place every Saturday on Pacific Avenue," said Jodie DiEduardo, Downtown Wildwood Farmers Market Manager. 

"We have shoppers who have come every week since we opened last year and many more who have gotten into the habit of shopping the Farmers Market and Pacific Avenue stores every Saturday morning.  It has been great for the Farmers Market vendors and the surrounding Downtown Businesses on Pacific Avenue."

The Downtown Wildwood Farmers Market is open every Saturday, through Labor Day Weekend, from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., at 3501 Pacific Avenue (at Schellenger Avenue) in Downtown Wildwood.

FREE PARKING is available in the parking lot behind the market with entrances on Schellenger and Oak Avenues.

Please contact Joanne Messer at 609-523-1602 with any questions regarding this Wildwood Business Improvement District Press Release.

Lazy Eye Distillery set for Grand Opening this Thursday, June 25th

One year after the debut of Lazy Eye Distillery in Richland, NJ, owners Nick and Carol Kafkalas are set to open their second location right here in Wildwood!

The family-run operation is located at 135 E. Spicer Avenue, with a Grand Opening celebration set for 3 p.m. this Thursday afternoon (June 25th).

It will open to the public on Friday, from 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Lazy Eye features gluten free vodka, Rakki, a Greek spirit, and the Lazy Eye Special, a cocktail created from gluten free vodka distilled from grapes.

The distillery will be offering tours and tastings showcasing their "small batch" distilling process.

Reservations are required in advance for guided tours.

Check out Lazy Eye Distillery's website to make reservations and for more information.

Wildwoods Boardwalk Kicks Off Nightly Entertainment Schedule for 2015!


The Wildwoods Boardwalk kicks off its nightly entertainment schedule this Friday, June 26th, with a Fireworks Spectacular at 10 p.m. 

Accompanied by music on the Boardwalk Sound System, the Fireworks will be launched from the Pine Avenue beach and be visible from everywhere on the Wildwoods Boardwalk.

The weekly Friday Night Fireworks will take place every Friday through Labor Day weekend, with a rain date of Sunday night at 10 p.m., if needed.

In addition to the Friday Night Fireworks, the Boardwalk Special Improvement District also sponsors the Boardwalk Parades on Monday through Thursday nights at 7:30 pm. 

The Boardwalk Parades start at 16th Avenue and travel south on the Boardwalk to the Wildwood Convention Center. 

The nightly entertainment schedule features:

The Cape Atlantic Irish Pipe Brigade

Main Stage Harmony Performers
Hatboro Horsham High School Marching Band
Original Hobo Band of Pitman
Ceasar Rodney Band

Duffy String Band

Duffy String Band
Fralinger String Band
Woodland String Band
Ferko String Band). 

Like us on Facebook at Wildwood By The Sea and check our web site to stay up to date on all Wildwoods Boardwalk Entertainment!

Please contact Joanne Messer at 609-523-1602 with any questions regarding this Boardwalk Special Improvement District Press Release.