plus the constant sales of hotels in Wildwood for Condos, I am wondering what will become of the Jersey Shore.
Asbury Park was already closed so that was no shocker but how much more will become Condos versus Recreation Areas? Reading the article, the Town loves it for the tax ratables, so it does not look like any town will be looking to keep the Piers.
Thinking about the Jersey Shore becomming a memory is just too sad.
Ed *** Edited 7/4/2006 4:51:35 PM UTC by chillforce5X***
I remember going to Wildwood every summer since I was little, around 5 or 6, and loving it, just tons of memories. In the last couple of years its been tarnished by high-end condos and demolition of many 50s style motels. I really hate to see wildwood go this way. It seems as if they are really trying to hold onto some of the "doo wop" style and culture (like the new light posts and wawa on rio grand, the new starlux motel), but its somewhat ruined next to the dozens and donzens of condo buildings that all look the same and have NO style what-so-ever. It's such a shame, I grew up going to wildwood, and while the piers and boardwalk seem to be doing well, the style and town just isn't the same and won't get any better. I guess it's just progress. Someday I see myself never being able to go back there for an overnight or a weekend because I can't afford a condo or appartment there. :( *** Edited 7/4/2006 5:02:32 PM UTC by P18***
You build and you build and you build and then you realize that the reason you built in this location is gone.
The co-ops becomes over-crowded, gated and sections of the "free" beach disappear.
The people living there expect and get federal money to maintin and preserve the coastline that only a priliged few will have access to.
The Jersey Shore and its sea-side amusement area needs to remain intact.
Where is Bruce Springstein now when we really need him?
Wildwood has been a part of me since before I could walk or talk and it pains me to see what is happening to the place. At first it seemed natural- a few old motels being replaced by condos wasn't weird, it was more or less expected. But now that dozens of places are sold and bulldozed for condos each year, I am really starting to panic.
Sure, it's natural for people to want to move to a place like Wildwood, but people don't seem to realize that the fact they're buying condos at a place they loved is going to change the place for the worse. Sure, the boardwalk is doing fine now, but what happens when the tourists that spent a load of money over a period of a week are replaced by summer residents that are more careful with their wallets? Restaurants are going to suffer, amusements are going to suffer and the thousands of other businesses on the island that aren't gas stations or grocery stores are going to suffer. By getting rid of the motels, you're not just getting rid of historic buildings, you're witnessing a huge change in the local economy. A change that is devestating to what Wildwood has been for more than a century.
I think the city sees this but it's too late. A few years ago the new convention center opened and became an immediate hit. But when you remove about 1/3 of the motel/hotel rooms from the island, you suddenly have no place to put all those people. This was realized when a fireman's convention was moved from Atlantic City to Wildwood- there weren't enough rooms on the island and people had to stay as far away as Atlantic City. The big question was, "Why not have just kept the convention in AC?" Now the solution is a bunch of "doo wop"-style hotel towers on the boardwalk. Goodbye Wildwood skyline, hello Atlantic City skyline.
Progress? Definitely. But it sucks nonetheless. Not only are seaside amusement parks a dying breed but so are seaside resorts. Sad.
If the Funtime Peir is for sale and Jenk's [who pretty much own all of Point Pleasant and now are dumping big money into Seaside] are not interested, it must be a financial dog. While you hate to see any amusement area go down - it will be interesting to see what happens down on the south end of the boardwalk if they go the way of highend condos. The north end saw the same thing in a much much more limited way when the "Wine Celler" was sold for condos.
A couple of things I'd be willing to predict. Jenk's would try to addon in a major way if Funtime ends and they will continue to focus all their money around the Casino Pier. They know from the money they rake in that you need a destination or at least own the entire destination to make big money. I also think you will see the Boardwalk go up as higher end restuarant and clubs are built on the roof level of the existing structures - al a Saw Mill's Green Room and Spicy. Wonder how excite the condo owners will be with the new concert schedule at the Saw Mill.
On a different note - what ever happened to the huge log flume that was located on the Funtime Peir during the `80s? That thing was massive. *** Edited 7/5/2006 3:01:29 PM UTC by njmax***
If Funtown disappears, it would truly be a shame. Seaside Heights is the only place in the world where you can ride an old Miler mouse AND a new Miler mouse! And I wouldn't expect Casino Pier to do anything drastic. Why would they? Without any competition, it would give them more of an excuse to sit back and do nothing while the crowds roll in.
I hate to say it, but in ten years I expect four amusement parks on the Jersey Shore: Jenk's (Point Pleasant), Casino Pier, Gillian's (Ocean City) and Morey's (Wildwood). I'm sure Keansburg, Fantasy Island (LBI) and Playland (Ocean City) aren't long for this world.
Many of these units are bought with the intent to "flip" them for profit, the buyers having no intention to actually live in them. The housing boom in California for example is inflated by investors and flippers, with a significant number of homes being left vacant all over the place as they are held for investment. A relative of mine bought in a new development 2 years ago, and only 3 of the 7 homes on his street have ever been occupied, the rest are investments. Overbuilding is already happening, so many of these ballyhooed condo projects will most likely never be built. As the housing market cools, it will take years for the actual demand to catch up with what has already been constructed. So it's possible some parks may end up getting a reprieve as the developers who don't jump fast enough end up taking a bath.
Just an observation from someone who has been watching the real estate frenzy up close from ground zero out here in the Southwest.
Still, too many motels have been demolished- classics like the Ebb Tide and the Satellite. And I don't think towers are the answer- they are a quick fix. I love driving over the Rio Grande bridge and seeing the boardwalk in the distance- seeing a bunch of towers blocking the rides and the beach would make it look like Atlantic City.
Part of the charm of a Wildwood motel is hanging your wet beach clothes over the balcony railing to dry. A Marriott hotel tower surely won't allow you to do that, even if there was a balcony railing!
I think what makes Wildwood so great is the fact that it's so casual. I love leaving the boardwalk around 11:00, grabbing ice cream at Duffer's or Sea Shell and enjoying it while sitting on the balcony with the cool ocean breeze in the air. It's honky-tonk (although not Coney Island honky-tonk) but it's still a great family place and I don't think I could ever get tired of going... as long as the current trend doesn't continue forever!
Every time I go through NW it's hard not to feel the sadness of what was once there and what it is now becoming.
A few years ago the street was reopened and some parking spaces were created. A nice sidewalk, pavers in the street and lights were installed to make it look a lot more warm and friendly. I'm not sure if it brought people to the area but maybe the fact that you can drive through and actually see what's there will help. I always thought it would make a great spot for fancy restaurants and nightclubs- away from everything else and in a section of town that could use a shot in the arm.
*** Edited 7/5/2006 8:01:45 PM UTC by Rob Ascough***
Seaside, Lavallette, Seaside Park, Ortley, etc are on a sandbar that was created by a hurricane, it can easily be wiped out by one as well. Someone will have to answer for the decision to allow all this building on barrier islands.
I agree that certain parts of the Jersey shore are just disasters waiting to happen. You're right- Seaside, Lavallette, Ortley are really just a gigantic sandbar (Long Beach Island too, for that matter)- and one major storm could be devestating. The view would be spectacular but I wouldn't want to live somewhere knowing that it could all sink into the ocean in the blink of an eye.
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