Monmouth County Kicks Off Summer Tourism Season

Freeholder Pat Impreveduto, Deputy Freeholder Director Lillian Burry, Freeholder Gerry Scharfenberger, Deptuy Mayor Sue Kiley of Hazlet, County Clerk Christine Giodano Hanlon and Freeholder Director Tom Arnone celebrate the start of the summer tourism season.

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.

Posted: May 22nd, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

One Comment on “Monmouth County Kicks Off Summer Tourism Season”

  1. Bob English said at 7:49 am on May 22nd, 2018:

    Speaking of being safe at the beaches, they should look at extending the lifeguards hours at Seven Presidents especially on weekends. Having people get out of the water at 5 PM and than go back in two minutes after the guards leave is crazy. Would be easy to have one section of the beach/ocean for swimming and have 2 or 3 guards stay till 7 especially on nice days when there are still hundreds of people on the beach.