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Jersey shore has high hopes for strong summer season, experts weigh in

May 25, 2019 - 4:00 am

CAPE MAY COUNTY, NJ (KYW Newsradio) — Hopes are riding high down the shore that this summer season will be a good one for vacationers and businesses alike.

Whether your fun can be had in the sun or the surf, conditions couldn’t be better according to state officials.

“The monitoring that we have done shows that the water quality this week is great. So everyone can come on in,” Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine McCabe told KYW Newsradio.

She says they check the water quality at least once a week, more often if there are any concerns.

As for the sand, McCabe added communities “had very few storms that had any damage to the beaches this year. So they are in good condition.”

There’s also a new statewide smoking ban on beaches, with only Wildwood Crest willing to set aside zones for people to light up. That’ll keep beaches cleaner, they hope.

Put it all together, and if the weather holds up, business leaders down the shore are hoping for a great summer at the cash register.

“We’ve been experiencing right around a 4% growth in tourism spending over the last few years,” said John Kelly with the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce. “We expect a similar trend to continue this summer of 2019.”

While most of the tourists are no more than a couple hours or so away by car, 7% of county visitors every summer come from Canada.