• Wildwood Leader

    WILDWOOD—Commissioners in Wildwood rescinded a controversial resolution that significantly raised the fees to hold events on the city’s beach with a 2-1 vote at their regular meeting Wednesday. 

    The move comes after Will Morey, president of Morey’s Piers, threatened to move Beach Blast Soccer and Beach Jam to Wildwood Crest and North Wildwood beaches if the new fee structure remained.

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    WILDWOOD CREST—Lt. Joseph McGrath has been tapped to head the Wildwood Crest Police Department, Mayor Carl Groon confirmed Wednesday.

    Captain David Mayer, the former officer in charge of the Wildwood Crest Police Department, allegedly announced his retirement this week.

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    Photo by Jodee Clifford/ Demolition of the former Masonic Lodge had begun this week to make way for the new Wildwood Crest branch of the Cape May County library. WILDWOOD CREST – Demolition at the former Masonic Lodge on Atlantic Avenue is already underway for the new $5.3 million Wildwood Crest branch of the Cape MayCounty library.

    Cape MayCounty freeholders unanimously voted to award the contract to…

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    Photo courtesy of Morey's Piers.WILDWOOD—To Morey’s Piers, a multimillion-dollar Army Corps of Engineers dune plan in Wildwood is a “gift horse” Wildwood should take advantage of.

    Jack Morey, vice president of Morey’s Piers, said that his company is in full support of the project, which would construct 16-foot dunes from North Wildwood to the Diamond Beach section of Lower Township, as well as a protective beach berm.

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    WILDWOOD – Police arrested five Wildwood residents after a SWAT team search 11:10 p.m. Friday, April 18, at 4114 Pacific Ave. recovered distribution amounts of heroin and a .32 caliber revolver, the Wildwood Police Department announced.

    Twin brothers Joey and Jason Sierra, 18, Chandler Porter, 23, Edwin Perez, 28, and Alexander Perez, 22, have all been charged with possession of heroin with the intent to distribute as a result of the search.

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Wildwood approves contract for beach bar

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Written by Christie Rotondo Monday, April 14, 2014 01:25 pm

Operators still waiting for ABC approval

WILDWOOD – Wildwood’s beach bar is one step closer to opening this summer, now that the Board of Commissioners voted Friday, April 11 to award Beach Buddy, LLC a contract to operate on the city’s beach.

In February, the commissioners accepted the proposal from the group of Philadelphia club and night club owners, but did not award the contract. During the commissioners’ regular meeting on April 9, a resolution to award the contract was moved to a closed-door executive session.

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Wildwood firefighters trained to administer naloxone

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, April 14, 2014 11:46 am

WILDWOOD – Wildwood City firefighters and EMS were trained to administer naloxone, the heroin overdose antidote, and were the first fire and EMS agency in Cape May County to be trained, Chief Daniel Speigel said.
“With the number of overdoses increasing in the state of New Jersey and Cape May County, we wanted to be on the leading edge of having our members trained to help individuals suffering from this terrible addiction,” Speigel said in a statement this week.

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Morey’s: Beach Blast, Beach Jam to move to Crest, North Wildwood if Wildwood event fees remain

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Written by Christie Rotondo Sunday, April 13, 2014 06:55 pm

WILDWOOD--Morey Piers has announced that if Wildwood doesn’t rescind its beach event fees by Wednesday, April 16, three major events, including Cape Express Beach Blast will take place in Wildwood Crest and North Wildwood this year. 

“We do not wish to move these events as they have a very positive effect (sic) on the community of businesses with whom we share the boardwalk culture and tradition,” Will Morey wrote in a letter to Jack Byrne, chairman of the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority, on Saturday, April 12. “We simply cannot continue, however, to expose these events to the recklessness and stated indifference of the city of Wildwood government.”

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In Another Time> The twisted history of Wildwood’s favorite tree

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Saturday, April 12, 2014 12:00 am

The 'W' tree was once an icon in the Wildwoods. The 'W' tree was once an icon in the Wildwoods.
In this week's "In Another Time" Jake Schaad Jr. looks into the history of Wildwood's "W" tree. Last month, the Board of Commissioners voted to remove it from the city seal

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PHOTOS: Wildwood Catholic's 2014 Prom

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Written by Jen Marra Friday, April 11, 2014 11:48 am

Sal Zampirri, Kaileigh Kita, Chris Roche, Katie McCallion, Antonino Piro, Mackenzie Scully, Luke Gegan and Rita Marino arrive at Wildwood Catholic High School dressed to impress. Sal Zampirri, Kaileigh Kita, Chris Roche, Katie McCallion, Antonino Piro, Mackenzie Scully, Luke Gegan and Rita Marino arrive at Wildwood Catholic High School dressed to impress

Wildwood Catholic High School celebrated its prom on Saturday, April 5, and held its promenade in the high school auditorium. The prom's theme was "The Great Gatsby."

Photos by Jen Marra.

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Firefighting presentation draws student interest in Wildwood

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Written by David Benson Thursday, April 10, 2014 01:06 pm

Alexandra Antheil, left, and John Davis, battalion chief, discuss her interest in volunteering for the Wildwood Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 after a student assembly Wildwood High School. Alexandra Antheil, left, and John Davis, battalion chief, discuss her interest in volunteering for the Wildwood Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 after a student assembly Wildwood High School. Several at WHS consider signing up for fire company

WILDWOOD – The face of Wildwood Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 may be changing, if a presentation given recently by the fire company to a crowd of high school students is any indication.

That new face will not only be younger. It will be female.

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Wildwood mayor, Morey face off over beach events

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Written by Christie Rotondo Thursday, April 10, 2014 12:22 pm

WILDWOOD— About a dozen community members, including Morey’s Piers Vice President Jack Morey, attended a Board of Commissioners meeting Wednesday in hopes that the governing body would vote to reverse its hike in beach event permitting fees.

No such decision was made, but those in attendance waited more than two hours while the commission held a closed-door executive session, during which they planned to discuss correspondence from the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority regarding a contractual matter.

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Wild Island Scooters gets ‘OK’ to open in Wildwood

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Written by Christie Rotondo Wednesday, April 09, 2014 09:56 am

Photo by Christie Rotondo/Scooters like these will be available to rent in Wildwood come summer, now that Wild Island Scooters was approved by the planning and zoning board Monday. Photo by Christie Rotondo/Scooters like these will be available to rent in Wildwood come summer, now that Wild Island Scooters was approved by the planning and zoning board Monday. New trend to zoom into Wildwood

WILDWOOD— A trend that’s popular among tourists in the Bahamas and Florida will be making its way to Wildwood, now that two entrepreneurs were approved for a use variance at Monday’s planning and zoning board meeting.

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