How to Have a Fantastic Point Pleasant Beach Summer!

By on May 23, 2022 0

On any given day in the summer in Point Pleasant Beach, approximately 50,000 people pass through this 1.5 square mile borough of Ocean County to enjoy all kinds of restaurants, shops, events, concerts, the boardwalk and from the beach.

It’s a summer staple for many who live and work in Ocean County, but also many tourists like to come to Point Pleasant Beach for a vacation as well as for the fun, family-friendly atmosphere.

As we head into the unofficial start of summer this weekend, let’s take a look at what’s going on this summer in Point Pleasant Beach with Mayor Paul Kanitra, who joined me and Dave Crossan yesterday morning on “Shore Time with Vin and Dave” which is every Sunday from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. on 94.3ThePoint and 105.7TheHawk.

“Everyone knows Point Pleasant Beach for our great beaches, boardwalk, ocean – we have no problem attracting people in June, July and August – we get crowded, we go from an annual population of 4 500 people on any given day in the summer, we could have 50,000 people in town,” Mayor Kanitra said. “When our administration came in, we really wanted to focus on how to make Point Pleasant Beach a more livable city. year-round for our businesses and how do we attract families to come and live, work and play in Point Pleasant Beach year-round.”

In the digital age where more and more people are working remotely, there is a trend to relocate to the Jersey Shore and Mayor Kanitra and his administration want to help make this borough an ideal year-round destination. so that people can live, work and raise families. .

Easier travel to, from and around Point Pleasant Beach is also underway.

“I’m still thinking about how we can get commuters to and from easier. I contacted a C-Plane service the other day and the CEO and I exchanged emails because obviously half from New York goes to the Hamptons but the other half goes down to the Jersey Shore in the summer So we tried to talk and see if we can figure out some of these laws and see if there’s a site possible landing,” Kanitra said. “It’s a very, very early state, but we’re leaving no stone unturned at Point Pleasant Beach.”

Stones are being knocked down to ease parking and travel issues around Point Pleasant Beach as well.

“We are constantly trying to find new solutions for more parking, but we just had a new business, a local guy started a business this year called Point2Point Shuttle, and it’s an on-demand electric golf cart via app, totally free – obviously they want you to tip the drivers – but it will get you anywhere east of the canal in the Borough of Point Pleasant to anywhere in Point Pleasant Beach,” Kanitra said. “I hope this will help cross-pollinate people who come to the beach and boardwalk in the summer. It can take you to dinner at a rental house, whatever it is, and it’s going to be super, super cool.”

New businesses and restaurants are opening in Point Pleasant Beach.

There are plenty of great restaurants, shops, businesses, and places in Point Pleasant Beach to spend a day, week, month, etc. stage.

“On New Jersey Monthly’s list of best restaurants – we had 7, so we really outdid our coverage in Point Pleasant Beach,” Kanitra said. “We have a ton of cool stuff going on:

Golf 3G opened last year – it’s a virtual golf simulator located right in the city center, it’s packed every night, even off season and during the summer. You can throw parties there, they do on-screen kids games, there are all these exhilarating ones, just like that to assess your swing and the ball goes like you’re playing real golf.

We have a saltwater culture that opens in a week or two. Two girls from The Brick running it, it’s like a super cool, fun, modern women’s clothing store with that beach surf vibe.

The guys who made Reef and barrel in Manasquanand a few other properties – they are opening Boat Yard 401 at the location of Old Dukes and Farrell at the point where Broadway sort of meets Channel Drive by Spikes, they put a ton of money into this space, they took the drop ceilings off and kind of opened it up and exposed some of the old beams from the old building. They are currently working on getting an outdoor patio for the back facing Channel Drive and they have lots of fun ideas for music on many different nights and it’s just going to be a super cool vibe.

Can’t say who or what but everyone knows the place, you pass by there on (Route) 35 heading north near Wendy’s in Point Pleasant Beach behind the liquor store which has been vacant for several years – there is a very cool business it will be fun for everyone, good family type restaurant situation moving there. Hopefully the owners will be ready to announce this within the next week.

We have a new candy store, a candy store with homemade candy and ice cream and stuff like that on Bay Avenue in Point Pleasant Beach.

The old Beach Diner spot on the corner of Arnold and 35 — it’s going to be transformed, it’s going to be a beach, kind of a lunch and breakfast place, it’s going to be in a few months open.

Center Steakhouse opened on Inlet Drive, it’s the old Shipwreck Point – the guys are really cool, they owned a NASCAR team – it’s a cool bunch.

We have just approved a second brewery along the railway tracks on a former oil property. The guys walked in – and you look at this property – it’s just a rundown, rundown property that needed fixing – and they walked in and they said “you know, one of these buildings here has the latest remaining stable”. from 1870 something in Point Pleasant Beach. We’re gonna knock the building down, we’re gonna bring the stable back to life, we’re gonna expose all the beams, we’re gonna make it the centerpiece of the brewery, we’re gonna put the old clock tower on top, and we’re gonna to open “. It was adopted unanimously by the town planning council. It will be a home run at the opener.”

When it comes to shopping and souvenirs, there’s plenty to visit in Point Pleasant Beach and a few new ones are being added to the mix as well.

“As for what you can buy, when you come to Point Pleasant Beach, there’s obviously a lot of great stuff on the boardwalk, but we have some really unique shops that are opening downtown or are already doing some great stuff. “, said Kanitra. “If you want to spend a good penny and you want a really nice keepsake, a guy on our arts committee, Jim Manzero, does these crazy, encaustic – I guess you’d call them paintings – but basically he takes old sea charts and he drips wax on them in an artistic way that creates ripples on the surface of the charts and all sorts of beach stuff. He does a really good thing.

The guys at 3G Gold that I talked to, they do a lot of logo merchandise that’s a bit unique to Point Pleasant Beach.

And, you need your beach gear and clothes, you go to an old school place like Gordon’s Surf Shop, it’s like the ultimate beach spot.”

There are other kinds of fun through different events taking place this summer also in Point Pleasant Beach.

The Offshore Grand Prix returns in 2021 following a postponement in 2020 due to the pandemic and it returns here in 2022 around mid-June – the 10th, 11th and 12th.

Also June 11, Mayor Kanitra said the Point Pleasant Beach Recreation Department will host a “Battle of the Bands” that will feature bands from across the Jersey Shore competing for a grand prize.

The Seafood Festival/Festival of the Seas also returns to Point Pleasant Beach this year as well as September 17 with vendors from New Jersey and the United States.

“The seafood festival comes back, it’s usually around 30,000 people in the city center,” Kanitra said. “I’m going to make this claim here – I call Point Pleasant Beach the seafood capital of New Jersey and here’s why, I have the facts – tell me another town that has the commercial fishing operations that we do – our clam operations I think are the 3rd largest on the east coast of the United States obviously we have all the lead boats and all the charter boats that you can go out and do that we have a ton of marinas, and we’ve got the pleasure boats coming out and then start reeling the seafood restaurants – you’ve got Spikes, you’ve got Point Lobster on Channel Drive, you’ve got Point Lobster Bar and Grille downtown, you’ve got the new Lobster Roll place that came on Arnold Avenue that specializes in lobster rolls, you have Shore Fresh Seafood, you have the Shrimp Box, you have Offshore Seafood and Restaurant, you have Red’s Lobster Pot at the entrance – so tell me how P-spot Leasant Beach is not the seafood capital of New Jersey.”

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