Get On Board the Tuckerton Seaport- Beach Haven Water Ferry powered by the Southern Ocean Chamber

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The popular private/public partnership fueling the Downtown Driven Ferry Program successfully ran last summer, will begin with Chowderfest Express sailing with a dedicated Pontoon Boat that will be christened Pohatcong II

The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce Downtown Driven program Water Ferry Committee with representatives of Borough of Beach Haven, Borough of Tuckerton, Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen’s Museum, Southern Ocean Chamber and Ocean County Planning Department proudly announce 2018 water ferry service officially titled “Tuckerton Seaport- Beach Haven Water Ferry powered by Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce” departing from Tuckerton Seaport and Taylor Avenue Municipal Dock in Beach Haven. The pontoon boat will seat 25 passengers in a comfortable and covered voyage ¬†departing Tuckerton Seaport and Beach Haven Taylor Avenue Dock. ¬†Initally the summer sailing was planned, but arrival of the customized ferry will launch a Chowderfest Express service running the festival weekend September 29-30, 2018 in conjunction with the Ocean County Decoy show at the seaport. There is no fee to ride the ferry this season. The committee released advertising and sponsorship donation information for 2018 which is available on the official website lbiferry.com.

The pilot service launched in 2017, contributed access to public transportation and education of the bay. The effort began when the Southern Ocean Chamber established a Regional Economic Development Advisory Board in honor of their 100th Anniversary in 2014. It lead to the Vision 2020 strategic plan that created programs to advance and sustain the business community in the 21rst century. The Southern Ocean Chamber Downtown Driven program was one of the priorities resulting from that plan, which both Tuckerton and Beach Haven boroughs passed resolutions to work with the chamber that established best practices and innovation to boost the local economy and tourism. After meeting with both borough Economic Development Committees in 2017, it was clear that the chamber needed to organize a dedicated committee involving key stakeholders to make the ferry conversation a reality. Meeting monthly at the Chamber Office in Ship Bottom the committee reviewed research, collaborated on grant proposals and discussed budget options that would allow sustainable ferry service connecting the two boroughs. The committee is striving to generate operational support that will allow future service to assist with commutation to and from Long Beach Island for seasonal staffing in peak summer months.

The Downtown Driven Water Ferry committee has dedicated resources to keep the Tuckerton Seaport-Beach Haven Water Ferry powered by the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce ferry service afloat, which was helpful to the Tuckerton Seaport to secure funding to purchase the pontoon boat. The committee voted to name the boat The Pohatcong II, a nod to the steam powered paddle wheeler Pohatcong which took visitors traveling by train from New York and Philadelphia to Tuckerton across the bay to Beach Haven during the turn of the last century. The committee and community leaders will host an inaugural sail when the boat arrives at the seaport later this summer. For updates and information on how to support visit www.LBIferry.com, or contact brookes@tuckertonseaport.org or the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce at 609 494 7211 info@sochamber.com

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