STONE HARBOR - Christina Smith is not a local, but close. Nearly 20 years ago, the interior designer gave up the cosmopolitan lifestyles of Philadelphia and Stamford, Conn., and cast her lot at the Shore. In her case, the very tony Shore of Stone Harbor and Avalon. She formed the Summer House Design Group and, needless to say, she has had a unique view of the lifestyles of the rich and shoobie. And it's not all starfish fabric and "Welcome to the Beach" signs.
OCEAN CITY - It'll probably never surpass Cape May and its environs as the Jersey Shore's birding capital. But a small patch of woods on a coastal islet, where a concrete bridge foundation for part of the Route 52 Causeway was rebuilt two years ago at the resort's main gateway, may just be giving veteran birders a new place to flock.
SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. - A two-day drive from home, they came on buses from across the country. They watched as the cornfields of rural America morphed into the lush, deciduous trees separating major East Coast cities. A series of "Welcome to" signs slipped by until their buses came to the end of the line - the Atlantic Ocean, something that many of the volunteers with Lutheran Social Ministries last week had never seen before.
ATLANTIC CITY - Officials expressed confidence Tuesday that free but ticketed beach concerts featuring country superstars Blake Shelton and Lady Antebellum will go smoothly.
ATLANTIC CITY - This resort faces the prospect of having four major vacancies on its famed Boardwalk come mid-September. The grim reality sank in July 14 when Trump Plaza issued layoff notices and targeted Sept. 16 as the date to cease operating as a casino.
LONGPORT, N.J. - The Coast Guard suspended its search Monday evening for a champion powerboat racer who disappeared late Sunday when his pontoon boat apparently hit a buoy and then slammed into a jetty at the southern tip of Longport.
TOMS RIVER, N.J. - Officials from New Jersey's four Shore counties and some municipalities that front on the Atlantic Ocean pushed back strongly Monday against a proposed Senate bill that would allow the towns to voluntarily relinquish the management of beaches to their counties under a shared-services agreement.
The question that hung in the overcast sky over Atlantic City was counterintuitive. Could this part-glitz, part-seedy, all-camp metropolis measure up to its tiny seashore neighbor Asbury Park? (In terms, that is, as host to one of the biggest gay beach parties on the East Coast.)