Freeholders Promoting Jersey Shore Tourism

Arnone_2.jpg_11-12[1]By Monmouth County Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arone


It is now February and the question on Monmouth County residents’ minds is what is The Board of Chosen Freeholders doing to help restore the shore since undergoing the wrath of Super Storm Sandy. Let me begin by saying that the Board’s primary goal at this time is to get the word out to as many people as humanly possible that the Jersey Shore is thriving and up and running. How is this being accomplished? To mention just a few things, for starters our  Department of Tourism is pulling out all the stops in one enormous effort to ensure that we can expect to see not only the usual visitors that frequent the shore communities in Monmouth County  but engage and encourage new visitors to see what Monmouth County has to offer.

For instance last month a Tourism Representative attended the Philadelphia Inquirer Travel Show in Valley Forge PA.  There were over 200 vendors present at the show. Attendance at the show which was held Saturday-Sunday January 26th and 27th was estimated to be well over 2,000 people. The Monmouth County presence was aimed at letting people know we are still the place you want to be. This past week our Department of Tourism was present for the Atlantic City Boat Show at the Atlantic City Convention Center.  Attendance at this 5-day show was estimated to be over 3,000 people. A concerted effort was made by our stellar tourism team to make sure that everyone present was made fully aware that Jersey Shore is flourishing and Open for Business.

Coming up quickly and beginning February 20th through the 25th Monmouth County Tourism will be attending the Montreal Fishing and Camping Show/Canadian National Sportsmen’s Show in Montreal.  Thousands of Canadians visit New Jersey each year.  The focus will be to encourage our Canadian friends to continue to make Monmouth County their choice as a vacation destination.

On February 20th, Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno will be holding a press conference for the Canadian media where she will highlight the Jersey Shore. Representatives from Monmouth County, Cape May County and the Jersey Shore Convention and Visitors Bureau have been invited to set up displays about their respective counties for the press to visit.

Additionally, a Mayor’s Roundtable has been scheduled for March 2, 2013. It will take place at the County Connection in Neptune at 9 am. Here I will have an opportunity as the liaison to the Department of Tourism to inform the local shore mayors of what the county is doing to advocate for tourism in Monmouth County.  It will also give the mayor’s the opportunity to share their ideas about how to promote their communities as we all work together to restore the shore.

Last but certainly not least, The Board of Chosen Freeholders has recently added Andrew Sagerman to the Department of Public Information and Tourism.  Andrew’s employment is made possible !00 % by a workforce grant at no cost to the County and is geared toward Super Storm Sandy recovery. Andrew will focus on an expanded tourism social media campaign to encourage visitors and residents to frequent the businesses and attractions that are open post Sandy. The Department of Tourism will also be highlighting events taking place in various municipalities and at local attractions. We welcome Andrew on board and are confident he will prove to be a great asset in our quest to get the buzz out that Monmouth County is full of life, activity and excitement and will always be and forever remain the place you want to be.


Posted: February 16th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Freeholder, Hurricane Sandy, Jersey Shore, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders | Tags: , | 11 Comments »

11 Comments on “Freeholders Promoting Jersey Shore Tourism”

  1. Ronald said at 1:54 pm on February 17th, 2013:

    Forgiving me for going off the point of the thread.

    Is Freeholder Tom Arnone related to the late Judge John Arnone, the Superior Court Judge? When I was in high school, I was lucky enough to meet Judge Arnone while on a class trip to the courthouse. I can still remember the short speech that he made to our class. Years later, a friend was showing me where Vince Lombardi was buried. I was surprised to see that Judge Arnone was buried right next to him. Needless to say, I said a little prayer for both of these great men.

  2. the truth hurts said at 3:05 pm on February 17th, 2013:

    Overall great job for Arnone and Curley. Great for the shore tourism but are we really going to get more tourists on the NJ Shore by setting up a table at a trade show ? Highly highly unlikely but maybe a dozen or so more. The boardwalks and ice cream stands, hot dogs, surf shops all operating on ocean ave will attract people. Sand castle contests, Belmar 5, SL 5, SURF tourney and clean ocean action sweeps and breast cancer walks will attract crowds of people. All positive events. Now if. we. can. only get some attention payed to the

    outrageous salaries and overtime paid to both the county jail employees and monmouth county officers. The freeholders need to reel in the massive overtime and tax payer abuse. There is so much focus on saving money and cutting costs yet the huge salaries and pensions are still rampant in the county in these 2 areas. Take a look at datauniverse.com and you will be shocked how many $100k plus county salaries there are. Someone has to have these unions.

  3. Jim Sage said at 4:41 pm on February 17th, 2013:

    Truthhurts, I Could not have said it better!!

    Pensions are rampant due to the fraud that no one wants to call it for what it is: WRONG!

    Time to call for an investigation into the Guadagno pension matter.


  4. Ron said at 5:05 pm on February 17th, 2013:

    Jim Sage, people yawned when you were obsessed with Jennifer Beck. They are yawning now when you are obsessed with the Lt. Governor.

    You didn’t get the government job that you wanted. That happened in large part because you are a little crazy. Deal with it. Get over it. For your own sake, get some help. Stop cyber stalking women that are stronger, smarter and more accomplished than you will ever be.

  5. How do we get said at 6:00 pm on February 17th, 2013:

    From whom the Director is related to, to jail overtime? believe he may be distantly related to the Judge, and also to former Asm. Mike Arnone, too.. agree ,enough with the pensions, too: people put in time, they retire with a pension, pd. by the state system everyone pays into. Period. Salaries are earned and accumulate over long years of service. period. Until it is changed, that’s how it is. If young enough, change careers. If not, sorry. If you are in regular unions, let’s talk about what they get: everyone thinks they are underpaid in what they do, and everyone else is overpaid. Let’s figure out how to keep our taxes down by making the Shore appealing enough again for people to come back and spend their money locally, ok?

  6. Joe D said at 6:10 pm on February 17th, 2013:

    Hey Jim and Truth,

    How about you get out from behind the keyboard and run for office since you have all the answers.

    I’ll bet you do zippo!

  7. Mike T. said at 9:05 pm on February 17th, 2013:

    How did this get so off topic? But regarding the pension issue, my wife has been following the story and she is livid. Watchdog/NJ is making damning accusations and the chairman of the pension board is calling for a criminal investigation. Why wouldn’t it be investigated just to clear the air? Usually when accusations of such magnitude is made–an investigation should commence.

    Truth, I don’t know if the two Arnones are related.

    Hope everyone has a good time down the shore this year, despite Sandy!!!

  8. J. Voorhees said at 11:13 pm on February 17th, 2013:

    Listen–there is only one true way to promote tourism at the Jersey Shore: elect Joseph Rudy Rullo to the United States Senate. Now, I know what you are thinking: “what does that have to do with anything?” Well, here me out on this. Okay, Joseph Rudy Rullo is a conservative. He is also well known in Ocean County. EVERY IN OCEAN KNOWS HIM! If you don’t know him, you aint from Ocean. But if he was in the US Senate, he would become so popular that we could promote a Constitutional tourism bureau: come see when Senator Rullo lives! Republicans from all over the country would come to Ocean! And after he is elected president, we could make his house a museum.

  9. @J Voorhees said at 1:57 pm on February 18th, 2013:

    We’ve had enough of the Rullobots and Rullo himself. He is nothing but an arrogant and pompous dilettante who has NO chance of getting elected to even dog catcher let alone the Senate. Been there, done that; Rullo didn’t get any endorsements from the County Organizations.

  10. Observer said at 4:48 pm on February 18th, 2013:

    I think J. Voorhees is being sarcastic. If not, he is having psychotic delusions. Especially since Rullo could not garner many votes anywhere even in Ocean County.

  11. @Observer said at 8:57 am on February 19th, 2013:

    Could be sarcastic, but then we’ve seen Delusional Rullobots here before with the same childish grammar.