Project Earned State Tourism Award
Tuckerton — The 2019 schedule has been announced for the Water Ferry between Tuckerton Seaport and Beach Haven, and it starts the Saturday of the Fourth of July weekend. In the meantime, the pontoon boat is being used for student on-water classrooms originating at the Seaport.
The ferry will begin running July 6 and will continue every Saturday, Sunday and Monday through Labor Day, and then additionally for the Ocean County Decoy and Gunning Show Sept. 28 and 29 and a special Chowderfest Express run on Oct. 5 and 6.
There is no fee to ride the ferry on standby, but reservations can be made at the website LBIFerry.com or by calling 609-296-8868 for a $10 round trip. The $10 fee includes admission to the Tuckerton Seaport.
The covered pontoon boat seats 25 passengers on a scenic voyage.
The ferry will run between the Tuckerton Seaport lighthouse dock and the Taylor Avenue dock in Beach Haven. Passengers can ride the ferry from Tuckerton at 8 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m. or 5 p.m. and/or leave from Beach Haven at 9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. or 6:30 p.m.
“In addition to travel, the ferry service will help educate its visitors and residents alike on the importance of protecting the local water system,” noted an announcement of the schedule, referring to the ecological information that passengers will hear.
An Award-Winner At State Level
The water ferry is “powered by,” as they say, or made possible by the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce’s Downtown Driven Water Ferry Project.
It was announced May 9 that the chamber project won this year’s NJ Tourism President’s Award. The award was presented to the chamber at New Jersey Tourism Week Breakfast and Advocacy Day, held at the Masonic Temple in Trenton.
The breakfast for tourism leaders was hosted by the New Jersey Tourism Industry Association. Attending were Gov. Phil Murphy, Secretary of State Tahesha Way, and New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism Executive Director Jeff Vasser.
“This project is unique and successfully brings tourism, economic development and innovation into New Jersey for all to benefit,” praised the announcement of the award.
The project is a private and public partnership that includes Beach Haven borough, the Borough of Tuckerton Economic Development Committee, Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce, Ocean County Planning Department and Tuckerton Seaport Museum.
In addition to the regional chamber being honored, two of its members were also recognized. The Suasion Communication Group received the Digital Outreach Tourism Excellence Award and Six Flags Great Adventure won the award for Public Relations Tourism Excellence.