Business Leaders Report on a Solid Summer for Ocean City, NJ

first_img‘We could use a lot of summers like the one we just had,’ said Boardwalk Merchants Association President Wes Kazmarck at a Tuesday Business Summit sponsored by the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce.Leaders from Ocean City’s different business segments offered updates Tuesday at the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Business Summit and confirmed what many had already reported: the summer of 2014 was a pretty good one.The event took place at the renovated Adelene restaurant overlooking the beach and boardwalk on the first floor of the Port-O-Call Hotel.Some of the reports included:Tourism Commission: Chamber Executive Director Michele Gillian said advertising investments in the outer markets paid off big with double-digit gains in visitors from most East Coast states outside Pennsylvania (which also was up 4.46 percent). She said the marketing theme — “It’s not just a vacation … It’s a tradition” — proved effective.City of Ocean City: Jim Mallon, assistant to Mayor Jay Gillian, said beach tag and parking fee revenues were both up by 4 percent. Airport fees were up 10 percent and boat ramp fees up 9 percent. He said six of seven concerts in the Monday night rock series on the Music Pier were sold out.Board of Realtors: Board President Ken Sedberry called it an “exceptional” season for vacation rentals, and he said visitors already are booking for the summer 2015 season. He said 638 homes have sold year-to-date, while just 576 sold in the same period last year. Sedberry also reported that a board golf outing raised $25,000 for the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Ocean City.Downtown: Downtown Merchants Association Co-Chairman Skip Tolomeo reported a “reasonably good summer” with days that should have been busy turning out slow and vice versa. He said Tuesday and Thursday downtown promotions were successful. Tables at this Saturday’s Fall Block Party are sold out. And the downtown has a busy schedule of fall promotions that continue with trick-or-treating, the Halloween Parade, the Earlier Than the Bird shopping weekend and a full schedule of holiday events.Hotels and Motels: Jennifer Torres of the Ocean City Hospitality Association said the city saw a “light” July and a “solid” August. Gillian said hotel accommodations were sold out for 10 weekends this summer with Tuesdays and Wednesdays the only weak spots.Boardwalk: Boardwalk Merchants Association President Wes Kazmarck said “perfect weather” helped keep just about every boardwalk owner happy. “We could use a lot of summers like the one we just had,” he said.last_img read more

Development blooms at Stanhope’s Hemel park

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UEFA European U-19 Championship: 10-man England Beat Portugal To Win Tournament

first_imgEngland’s youth setup continued their impressive summer on Saturday evening after the u-19 team defeated Portugal 2-1 in the final of UEFA European Championship to win the tournament in Georgia.Aston Villa youngster Easah Suliman gave England the lead five minutes into the second half before Portugal drew level six minutes later following a bizarre own goal from Chelsea startlet Dujon Sterling. Mason Mount thereafter setup Manchester City striker Lukas Nmecha for what turned out to be the winner. Keith Downing’s men finished the game with 10 men after Fulham’s Tayo Edun was sent off for two bookable offences in the dying moments of the game.It was third time lucky for England who had lost their last two finals with the team securing a first title in 24 years.It has been a summer of success for the youth teams of England with the latest triumph in Georgia the third title in just two months. England won the Toulon Tournament and the Under-20 World Cup in June. England also reached the semi-finals at the European Under-21 Championship in Poland last month.Relatedlast_img read more