Southern Ocean Chamber Receives Tourism President’s Award for Downtown Driven Water Ferry Project

Jun 07, 2019

The New Jersey Tourism Industry Association hosted New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism Executive Director Jeff Vasser, Secretary of State Tahesha Way and keynote speaker Gov. Phil Murphy to speak with over 120 statewide tourism leaders for the New Jersey Tourism Week Breakfast and Advocacy Day held  at the Masonic Temple in Trenton on May 9.  As part of the awards presentation, the 105-year-strong Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce received this year’s NJ Tourism President’s Award for its Downtown Driven Water Ferry project.

This recognition reflects work done for its private and public partnership, which includes Beach Haven borough, the Tuckerton Economic Development Committee, the chamber of commerce, Ocean County Planning Department and the Tuckerton Seaport in Tuckerton. This project is unique and successfully brings tourism, economic development and innovation into New Jersey for all to benefit.

The ferry will begin running July 4th weekend between Beach Haven and the Seaport, and will continue every Saturday, Sunday and Monday until Labor Day with a special Chowderfest Express run Oct. 5 and 6. There is no fee to ride the ferry on standby, but reservations can be made at for a $10 round trip to benefit the Seaport. The pontoon boat seats 25 passengers on a comfortable and covered voyage in the newly classified Category 1 waterway. The ferry service also will help educate its visitors and residents alike on the importance of protecting the local water system.

In addition to the regional organization’s 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.

During the presentation, Murphy announced that tourism was up in 2018, with New Jersey welcoming a record 111 million visitors, who spent over $45 billion. As one of the largest industries within the state, tourism overall supports employment for approximately 530,000 people.

The award was presented to chamber CEO Lori Pepenella. Also in attendance was chamber Treasurer Andrea Driscoll.

The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce serves as one of New Jersey’s globally accredited destination marketing and management organizations, operates a year-round visitor center and represents over 500 businesses within the Long Beach Island region. For more information, go to, call 609-494-7211, or stop in at 265 West Ninth St. in Ship Bottom.

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