Monmouth County officials gathered on the beach in Manasquan yesterday to kick off the summer tourism season during a festive press conference featuring Freeholder Director Tom Arnone, Manasquan Mayor Ed Donovan, Paul Wolf, manager of Leggett’s Sand Bar in Manasquan, Mary Brabazon, director of Belmar Tourism and Margaret Mass, director of the Red Bank Visitor Center.
In 2017, tourists spent $2.5 billion in Monmouth County on food, accommodations, recreation and entertainment, transportation and second homes, a $65 million increase over the amount spent in 2016. 6 million people per year visit the County.
“Monmouth County is the perfect place to spend time or vacation in the summer and we are ready to welcome visitors,” said Director Arnone, liaison to the County’s Public Information and Tourism Division. “We have miles of beautiful beaches, a variety of parks and historic sites, events and festivals, and towns that provide excellent shopping and dining experiences.”
Sheriff Shaun Golden was on hand to urge residents and visitors alike to be safe in the water.
Arnone announced the winners of the Monmouth County Summer Kick-off poster contest from the third-grade participants of Manasquan Elementary School. The grand prize winners were:
· First Place – Shuxiang Ni
· Second Place – Patrick Priest
· Third Place – Ella Jackwicz
Disgraced Freeholder John P. Curley looked miserable during his last summer kick off in office. Women and children avoided him and no one would sit next to him on stage. On the plus side, Curley’s socks matched.