Tony Marchionne

MS representative Tony Marchionne updates city council on this year’s MS Bike Ride City to Shore 2017 event to be held Sept.23 and 24.

EGG HARBOR CITY – As the summer heat wave continues, scores of local residents have been taking advantage of the amenities offered at the Egg Harbor City Lake. The influx of visitors has been beneficial to the city’s coffers as revenue from the site is reaching record highs.

Mayor Lisa Jiampetti provided an update on the revenue generated at the lake thus far this year at the city council meeting on Thursday, July 13. According to Jiampetti, 6,414 beach badges have been sold which has garnered $31,467. In addition, there have been 372 picnic tables rented and 254 boat rides taken earning $5,235 and $1,270 respectively.

The revenue total for the summer thus far is $38,687 compared to $33,984 last year, an increase of $4,703.

Jiampetti credits a number of factors for the revenue increase. “When Governor Christie closed the state parks it was a huge boost for us,” she said. “That brought many visitors here for the first time and I am sure that many of them will return.”

“It is also probably the most pristine lake in the state. The county tests it every Monday and it is always perfectly clean. We also have a great staff that oversees the operations at the lake. Our motto that they adhere to is “Clean, safe, friendly”.

She added that the reasonable prices also play a role in attracting visitors. Season passes were available for $5 before June 1 after which the price became $10 per pass. Daily passes cost $4. Picnic tables with a grill are $15 while those without a grill are $10. Rides on any of the three paddle boats are $5.

Also at the meeting the council unanimously voted to support two public safety grant applications recommended by Egg Harbor City Police Lieutenant Dylan Hutton. A COPS Hiring Grant would cover the cost of a new police officer for the first three years of service up to $125 thousand.

The second grant application is for the Detective Matthew L. Tarentino Community Policing Grant, sponsored by the State of New Jersey Office of the Attorney General. If the department is selected for the grant it would provide $10,000 to establish a program to allow police officers to become more active in the community by having them meet with community groups and by spending time in the local schools to interact with the students.

Tony Marchionne attended the meeting to update the council on plans for the MS Bike Ride City to Shore 2017 which will pass through the city on September 23 and 24. According to Marchionne more than 7000 riders will participate. “Last year more than $6 million was raised for research, advocacy and client services,” he said. He then presented a plaque to Jiampetti for the city’s cooperation in the previous years’ events.