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Archive: April, 2012

POSTED: Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 2:50 PM

CAPE MAY – Before I let the rock of the waves and the hum of engines lull me off for a nice little nap on a recent crossing on the Cape May Lewes Ferry, I noticed a new promotion encouraging exploration of the “Twin Capes Region.”

Instead of using the ferry only as a means of transportation to get from, say, South Jersey to the Chesapeake Bay region – without having to negotiate the traffic-laden landlubber route along I-95 – ferry-operator Delaware River and Bay Authority recommends the boat as a conduit to a day trip to explore Delaware’s coastline.

Or those on the Delmarva can come over here and see what lovely Cape May County has to offer.

POSTED: Friday, April 20, 2012, 2:38 PM

ATLANTIC CITY – I’ve always been one of those people who’ll run in the opposite direction of a crowd. Maybe, it’s because my job will often send me right into the middle of a big bunch of people. Maybe I just don’t like the noise.

So after I checked out the big hoo-hah that was the “soft” opening of the Revel a couple of weeks ago for work purposes -- crowds everywhere, lines to do everything, very noisy indeed -- I headed over to the Golden Nugget. I’m not much of a gambler. But I was hungry. And I like contrasts.

And I wanted to see whether the big, bad $2 billion Revel really was beginning to suck the life out of the other casinos as AC watchers have predicted it will.

POSTED: Thursday, April 19, 2012, 2:16 PM

After five years of asking people to name their favorite beaches at the Shore, the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium says the annual contest is the really gaining momentum.

Response to the annual online poll has been steady and strong in 2012 and may end up being double what it was last year, according to Kim Kosko, a spokeswoman for the Sandy Hook-based consortium, an affiliation of colleges, universities and other groups dedicated to the stewardship the state’s coastal and marine environment by educating adults and children.

The consortium forges deeper connections to the Shore by helping people care for coast, through activities such as beach cleanups and educational workshops.

POSTED: Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 10:04 AM

Ah Bucky. We were never quite sure how you got on the island (over the Margate bridge? swimming? down the Black Horse Pike?) But we loved you while you were here in our streets last spring, mourned your death at the hands of the law when you wandered into the wrong neighborhood in Atlantic City, and now, have immortalized you in a way no offshore community ever could: on a beach badge. The deer whose adventures in the streets of Margate and Ventnor were captured by residents and, famously, by Margate firefighter Michael Palmer in the video below, before being shot to death by an Atlantic City policeman last October after wandering too close to a casino porte cochere, will be on beach badges shared by the two towns this summer ($7 now, $15 in June). Designed by a student in a contest, the beach badge features a white-tailed deer on a wooden walkway over the ocean and sand. In other words: deer on a pier. RIP Bucky. Like so many, your luck may have run out when you hit Atlantic City, but downbeach will never forget. We take care of our own. 

Here's the video:

POSTED: Monday, April 16, 2012, 9:12 AM

 Saw this little glimpse of conspiratorial  heaven the other day on a bike ride  through Longport. I guess the answer  is, being power washed, but sure    looked like some extra special  preparations were under way just in  time for the summer season, which  apparently is arriving today, April 16,  when temps will top 80 degrees at the  shore (it's cooler at the shore,  remember?).

 Longport also added a nice new old-  fashioned looking clock at the base of  the bridge, the better to occupy you  after the police pull you over for  speeding merrily into town. Looks like  they may even be fixing up the epic  potholes and cracks on the bridge  itself, which make it even more of a  hazard for bike riders such as myself.  On my way back into Longport on the  bike, I always think, the drivers will  thank me for forcing them to slow  down as they pass me on the bike into  town, thereby avoiding the speed trap.  But on the way out to Somers Point,  people seem impatient to rev it up.  Wish there were another way off the  island on the bike, one with a better  shoulder, but there is not. Still waiting  for the new Ocean City bridge to open  up their bike/pedestrian lane. Island-  hopping is one of the great joys of  bicycling down here, especially some  of the old causeways and bridges, like  past Corson's Inlet and into  Strathmere, but shoulders can be non-existent. 

POSTED: Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 11:55 PM

It doesn’t get any better than a sunny day on the water.

Cutting through the waves with a cool breeze whipping through my hair as salt spray glazes my cheeks. Ah, the scent of sea air. White sails gleaming, puffed by the wind.

Some of my fondest childhood memories were aboard a family friend’s old oyster schooner in the Delaware Bay. Everybody else was busy catching bluefish and wearies. I was reveling in the antiquity of the great wooden vessel, watching how it skimmed the waves, imagining the generations of men making their living pulling in shellfish. All the storms and near misses the boat must have survived.

POSTED: Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 4:58 PM

OCEAN CITY — To be a smoosher or to be smooshed? That is the question.

Oh, what would Hamlet do?

Don’t contemplate it too long, though, at least not at the Doo Dah Weekend event called “Pie-asco” scheduled for Saturday,<NO1>4/14<NO> immediately following the resort’s annual Doo Dah Parade. The parade begins at noon at the corner of Sixth and Asbury.

POSTED: Thursday, April 5, 2012, 11:27 AM

So it's been a pretty wild week, inside the newsroom and out, uptown on the Boardwalk and down. On Monday, you may recall, news crews descended on the Boardwalk near the Inlet to film all the people coming to see the new Revel casino. Meanwhile, the real news was at the other end of the Boardwalk, where a Staten Island man led police on a high speed chase before heading for the Expressway, where, law abiding citizen that he was, he stopped to pay the toll and was apprehended. The police 911 audio is here and is pretty entertaining. Luckily nobody was hurt. Luckily, there were surveillance cameras which captured the fun time on the Boardwalk for all to see. If I had stuck to my original plan to ride my bike to Revel, I myself might have stumbled upon this wacky police chase on my way home. Then again, I might have gotten run over by a car on the Boardwalk, no easy feat. H/T Brian P. Hickey, via Ted Greenberg at Channel 10/NBC News.

About this blog

Inquirer staff writer Amy S. Rosenberg has covered Philly police, city neighborhoods, Ed Rendell as mayor, the Jersey shore, Atlantic City, Miss America and the psychology of Eagles fans. She moved to Ventnor on July 3, 1995, which makes her a local, but not really.

Inquirer Staff Writer Jacqueline L. Urgo has spent every summer of her life at the Jersey Shore, and has lived there year-round for nearly 30 years, even fulfilling one of her bucket list dreams by once living in a house by the sea.

Since 1990, she has covered the waterfront for The Inquirer — from the Atlantic to the Delaware Bay shore — and some of the mainland in between. Along the way, she amassed an encyclopedic knowledge of this tear-it-down-and-build-it-back-up region, delving into the history and the hype of a place with a lot of unexpected stories to tell.

Amy S. Rosenberg
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