May 24, 2012
-- It's all about the bragging rights, and beginning in February, the Long Beach Island Region Destination Marketing Organization (DMO), tourism arm of the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce worked on getting word out for loyal LBI beach goers and business community to vote to keep LBI as one of the top ten beaches in the state. The organization shared links to vote on the VisitLBIregion website, Online newsletters, email blasts, facebook and twitter accounts as well as promoted through membership, interviews and community events.
Lori Pepenella, Destination Marketing Director and Chamber Executive Director Rick Reynolds were on hand at NJ SeaGrant's State of the Shore Media Event held in Sandy Hook on May 24. The announcements were made by Dr Stewart Farrell, Director of Stockton College, Coastal Research Center and Project Co Sponsor for NJ Top Ten Beaches and was presented by Grace Hanlon, Executive Director of NJ Travel and Tourism. The awards will be on displaly at the Southern Ocean County Chamber Visitor Center at 265 West Niinth Street in Ship Bottom.
Long Beach Island has been on the top ten list since the contest began five years ago, and this year ranked at top beach in the state without a boardwalk. For more information about the NJ Top Ten Beaches Contest contact Kim Kosko, Director of Communications of the NJ Sea Grant Consortium or the LBI Region DMO//Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce at 609 494 7211