SHIP BOTTOM, N.J.
- Feb. 17, 2014
-- The Southern Ocean County Chamber is rooting for Long Beach Island's towns to remain on top as having the Best Beaches in Ocean County and as a top contender as NJ's top ten. This year, the voting formula has changed, and the challenge is off as a region and spotlights the popularity of area beaches.
'We have been involved in getting the word out since the contest began in 2008" says Lori Pepenella, Destination Marketing Director for the Southern Ocean Chamber. 'We have been successful spreading the word to members, through social media, at our visitor center, at travel and trade shows to the public to maximize the chances to keep LBI on top of mind. In 2009 we joined the lobbying to have Long Beach Island voted on as one entity. We have done extremely well placing as high ranking top ten beach. Last year, in top beach photo LBI pictures placed first and fourth. This year the organizers of the contest decided it was time for each town to promote what makes them stand out. They can claim they are the best of the best, this is their chance to shine." Instead of Long Beach Island as a whole, 2014 contest online voters will need to choose Barnegat Light, Harvey Cedars, Surf City, Ship Bottom, Beach Haven, LB Township's Loveladies or Holgate as their choice for best family vacation, day trip or eco tourism favorite. Voters will be asked to consider beach fees, parking, restrooms, changing amenities and other factors.
The NJ Top Ten Beaches is sponsored by the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium and Richard Stockton College’s Costal Resource Center. Ballots can be cast online at www.njtoptenbeaches.org. Voting runs through April 30. Winners will be announced on May 22. In the most recent voting, in 2012, Long Beach Island, came in strong as a region, this year each town will need to join the grass root effort to help get their beach on the top ten list. For information on the many towns that comprise Southern Ocean County, home of the LBI Region contact Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce at 609 494 7211 www.visitLBIregion.com.