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    WILDWOOD—Commissioners in Wildwood rescinded a controversial resolution that significantly raised the fees to hold events on the city’s beach with a 2-1 vote at their regular meeting Wednesday.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

  • Wildwood Leader

    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.

  • Wildwood Leader

    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…

  • Wildwood Leader

    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.

  • Wildwood Leader

    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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In Another Time> Revolutionary battle well remembered in Wildwood Crest

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Saturday, March 29, 2014 12:00 am

In recalling the history of the Wildwoods often overlooked is the background of the borough of Wildwood Crest. Unlike its Five Mile Beach neighbors of Wildwood and North Wildwood it has no Boardwalk to stroll, no thrill attractions to ride and no public bars to frequent.

The Crest, as some people call it, was the last of the three largest municipalities on the island to be incorporated, in 1910. It followed Wildwood in 1895 and Anglesea in 1885, which was to become known as North Wildwood in 1906. West Wildwood, the smallest of the quartet, became official in 1920.

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Officials nearing consensus on Wildwood beach event fees

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Written by Christie Rotondo Friday, March 28, 2014 05:57 pm

Officials nearing consensus on Wildwood beach event fees

Wildwood looks to GWTIDA for more funding

WILDWOOD--In the midst of the beach event fee conflict, Wildwood commissioners now say the city may be able to get the funds needed to cover beach maintenance costs from a new source: GWTIDA.

Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano said that he met recently with North Wildwood Mayor Patrick Rosenello, Wildwood Crest Mayor Carl Groon, and John Siciliano, executive director of the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority, to discuss the issue. As a result of that meeting, Troiano said GWTIDA could pitch in more to offset the costs of beach maintenance in Wildwood.

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Wildwood removes 'W' tree from city seal

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Written by Christie Rotondo Friday, March 28, 2014 05:40 pm

The city seal has featured the 'W' tree since 1912. The city seal has featured the 'W' tree since 1912.

New logo to resemble Wildwoods sign

WILDWOOD—For 102 years, Wildwood’s city seal has featured the ‘W’ tree – an oddly shaped historical artifact that once was an icon on the island. But now, the tree’s story is fading.

On Wednesday, March 12, Wildwood commissioners voted to change the seal to feature a new icon: the Wildwoods sign on Rio Grande Avenue. It’s the first time the seal won’t feature the tree since Wildwood was incorporated in 1912, according to information from the Wildwood Historical Society.

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North Wildwood adopts $26M budget

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, March 28, 2014 12:00 am

NORTH WILDWOOD—North Wildwood city council adopted a $26 million municipal budget during its regular meeting March 18.

This year’s budget is about $955,000 less than 2013, but council has increased tax collection by about $290,000.

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Sixty years later, Wildwood celebrates ‘Rock Around the Clock’

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, March 27, 2014 12:00 am

Submitted/Bill Haley Jr. with his father. Submitted/Bill Haley Jr. with his father.  WILDWOOD—The first recording of “Rock Around the Clock,” a song credited with introducing rock ‘n’ roll to the mainstream, will turn 60 on April 12 and some historians say the song was first performed by Bill Haley and His Comets during their performance at the HofBrau Hotel in Wildwood.

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Wildwood Police handle over 1,500 calls in February

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, March 27, 2014 12:00 am

WILDWOOD – Wildwood police handled 1,676 calls in February and made 53 arrests, police announced this week.

Fifty adults and three juveniles were among those arrested, police said.

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Crest weighs options for Heather Road fishing pier

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Written by Christie Rotondo Wednesday, March 26, 2014 05:59 pm

Crest weighs options for Heather Road fishing pier

WILDWOOD CREST— Some called it an eyesore, others, a historic site. Now, one Crest commissioner is calling the space where the old fishing clubhouse once stood on the Heather Road beach pier an opportunity.

Commissioner Don Cabrera said that the borough has paid $58,000 to have the fishing clubhouse, which was first built around 1919, demolished this year. That also covered asbestos abatement and disposal of hazardous materials, Cabrera said. Public works crews are currently working to make the area a scenic spot for the summer, but it could eventually become retail space or an open air pavilion.

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Master plan change for New Jersey Ave in North Wildwood

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Written by Christie Rotondo Wednesday, March 26, 2014 05:55 pm

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Some residential use could be allowed in business zone

NORTH WILDWOOD— In an effort to spur development on New Jersey Avenue’s vacant properties, North Wildwood’s City Council voted to make zoning changes to the city’s master plan on Tuesday, March 18

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