Seaside Heights was voted best beach in Ocean County in the annual ranking by the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium.
The annual, statewide public poll began in 2008 by the nonprofit agency “to encourage stewardship and pride for the Garden State’s beautiful beaches.” One town from each of New Jersey’s coastal counties enjoy bragging rights each year, and one is crowned overall best beach in the state.
Ocean City was crowned statewide winner again in 2022 – literally an undefeated record in the annual poll for the dry resort town in Cape May County. In Ocean County, Seaside Heights took the top spot, with Point Pleasant declared runner-up.
“We’re very pleased that Seaside Heights was recognized as Ocean County’s best beach,” said Michael Redpath, director of the Seaside Heights Business Improvement District. “We’re still trying to think of a way to thank all of our employees … make sure everybody who helps things work realizes they are, indeed, the ones who make everything work.”
Mayor Anthony Vaz said he was honored for his town to have received so many votes, and reiterated the job borough employees were doing, especially lifeguards, public works employees and police officers.
“When you serve in government, you don’t always hear nice things – you hear negative things and it’s part of life,” said Vaz. “But I’m getting letters telling me, ‘you’re very fortunate to have these types of people working for you.’ I want everyone to know that we’re grateful, too. Particularly in the summer, it’s a trying job.”
The full results are as follows:
Runner up: The Wildwoods
Runner up: Spring Lake
Runner up: Point Pleasant Beach
Runner up: Margate