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    WILDWOOD—Commissioners in Wildwood rescinded a controversial resolution that significantly raised the fees to hold events on the city’s beach with a 2-1 vote at their regular meeting Wednesday.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

Wildwood Leader

Wildwood wants UEZ money for boardwalk work

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Written by Christie Rotondo Tuesday, July 02, 2013 11:10 am

WILDWOOD—According to Mayor Ernie Troiano, Wildwood is an example of how the Urban Enterprise Zone program can be successful.

“Wildwood is a shining example of how UEZ can work properly,” Troiano said during the June 26 commissioners’ meeting.

Portions of the city, including the boardwalk, are part of the UEZ, meaning that businesses there charge patrons 3.5 percent sales tax, rather than 7 percent rate charged in other places throughout the state. Tax dollars are also redirected into these areas from the state for economic improvement projects.

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Berlin man fourth to face car burglary charges

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Written by Christie Rotondo Monday, July 01, 2013 11:49 am

NORTH WILDWOOD—Police have arrested a 26-year-old man from Berlin, N.J. on car burglary charges June 28. He is the fourth individual in the past week to be charged with breaking into cars, police said. 

Chase Kinder was seen by Officer Eric Nevil walking out from behind two parked cars on the 300 block of 26th Avenue around 2:10 a.m. Friday. Kinder allegedly had a GPS device on him, and police said that a vehicle had been burglarized in the 2500 block of Surf Avenue- which is around the corner.

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North Cape May man faces drug charges

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Written by Staff Reports Sunday, June 30, 2013 12:40 pm

WILDWOOD--Police arrested a 44-year-old North Cape May man on drug charges after he was allegedly caught sleeping in the bathroom of the Wawa on New Jersey Avenue.

Wildwood police arrived at the Wawa around 1:15 p.m. June 24 in response to a call about a man sleeping in the restroom. Before they arrived, the man ran out of the establishment, police said.

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In Another Time > Esther Williams film launched a Bathing Beauty contest

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Written by Jacob Schaad Jr. Saturday, June 29, 2013 12:00 pm

 Esther Williams film launched a Bathing Beauty contest

The announced return of the Miss America Pageant to Atlantic City has apparently reinvigorated interest in local pageantry that began in Wildwood in 1903, some 18 years before Atlantic City started its event. That pioneering act when Wildwood was only eight years old as a borough was held at the then-modern Hotel Sheldon which was known among its tourist inducements for having an electric elevator and a barber shop. The winner then was Anna Klienz and the event was so successful that other hotels in the still separated Holly Beach and Wildwood soon got into the act and held their own pageants.

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Five Mile Beat > New business thriving on the ’walk this summer

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Written by Joyce Gould Saturday, June 29, 2013 12:00 am

 Andy Weiner accepting a proclamation from the city of Wildwood.
 Andy Weiner accepting a proclamation from the city of Wildwood. Recently Andy Weiner the owner of Splash Zone introduced to the public the Flow House. Ride the wave if you can and I don’t think it is easy to do. Just ask Jeff Gott from Crest Bank, who gave it the old college try, but never got to stand up on his board. The event was postponed once because of rain, of which the Wildwoods have seen plenty. But many came to see the newest attraction to the Wildwood boardwalk. The destination is only one of five in the world, and besides having the flow house there are lounges set up and individual cabanas with flat screen TVs.

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Pro says Wildwood Crest sand has true grit

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Written by Christie Rotondo Friday, June 28, 2013 01:32 pm

Photo by Christie Rotondo/ Matt Long works on the details of the giant sand castle he built on Heather Road Beach. Photo by Christie Rotondo/ Matt Long works on the details of the giant sand castle he built on Heather Road Beach. Matt Long to oversee amateur sand sculpting contest 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday

WILDWOOD CREST – Matt Long knows sand. He has built sand sculptures around the world, from the beaches of Thailand to the middle of Times Square.

On Friday, he was building an 8-foot sandcastle on the Wildwood Crest beach, which he says has the best sand for sculpting.

“This is one of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen a lot of beaches,” he said as he smoothed out the towers of his castle. “And it’s got the best sand for sculpting.”

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Quotes of the Week> June 27

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, June 28, 2013 12:00 am

"No pun intended, but let's add 'fuel' to the fire.”
John Adams, COO of the Philadelphia Soul, on the free concert planned for Wildwood’s beach Aug. 24

“This was not a prosecution, this was a persecution.”
Defense attorney John Tumelty on the case of Dr. John Costino of North Wildwood.

“The Casba was an icon for many years, but if it had to go we couldn’t have asked for a better replacement.”
Patrick Rosenello, executive director of the BID, on the opening of Pasta Pesto Italian Grill.

 

On the cover > Strike a pose

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, June 27, 2013 07:44 pm

 Megan Frantz of Pottsville, Pa. holds an extended triangle pose along with participants of Yoga on the Beach behind the Wildwoods Convention Center at Burke Avenue Monday, June 24.  
 Megan Frantz of Pottsville, Pa. holds an extended triangle pose along with participants of Yoga on the Beach behind the Wildwoods Convention Center at Burke Avenue Monday, June 24.

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