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Volume Two, Issue Five: September/October 2016

Chowderfest Weekend!

Welcome to the Special Chowderfest Edition of The Bridge!

This family fun festival features live music, activities and unlimited Chowder tasting with the opportunity for each ticket holder to vote for their favorite red and white chowder. The event is nestled in Beach Haven surrounded by beautiful views of the bay and plenty of year end discounted shopping. It has become a tradition for family and friends to gather together to say good bye to summer and welcome in the fall. Always the weekend before Columbus Day Weekend, this year join us on October 1, 2016, for the fabulous Merchant Mart (free admission) where local vendors offer the best deals of the season and Sunday for the Chowder Cook Off Classic held rain or shine at the Taylor Avenue ball field, Ninth Street and Taylor Avenue in Beach Haven (across from Schooner’s Wharf and Bay Village) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, October 2, 2016.

Look What's Shaking!
Look Who's Cooking - New England
Look Who's Cooking - Manhattan

2014 Champion Stefano’s Restaurant is defending its title against the following competitors:

Black Whale Bar & Fish House

Lefty’s Tavern

Shore Fire Grille

Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club

Member Meeting

Innovate & Caffeinate with the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce this Wednesday, September 14! Chamber Members & interested business are invited to have breakfast with a Southern Ocean County Hospital Representative who will share news & information about the New Cancer Center expansion.

Event Details: Breakfast, Business & Networking at the Holiday Inn Manahawkin from 830-930a. $20 with RSVP or $25 at the door.

Please call 494-7211 or email to to RSVP.

Locals Summer!

LBI Region Visitors Want to Know!

The Chamber Information Center at 265 W 9th Street is ready for your 2016 season menus, calendars, flyers, events and more! We are proud to have a growing member base of over 500 members, each of which who offers unique products & services. Help us keep locals & visitors informed!

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Out & About

Check out Ocean County’s Out & About!

The Ocean County Cultural & Heritage Commission just released the Fall Edition of Out & About Ocean County! Produced three times annually, this free publication highlights arts, cultural & heritage events taking place in Ocean County.

Hundreds of events & happenings are compiled, including a feature on the 34th Annual Ocean County Decoy & Gunning Show at the Tuckerton Seaport!

Discover NJ Arts

There’s more to the LBI Region than just the beach!  Get the most out of the coast and enjoy LBI!

Here’s a taste of what’s happening:

The Makers Festival at the Manahawkin Lake Park, September 17.
The MakeShift Union presents 125+ creatives, The Botanical Box Biergarten, tasty eats, live music, yoga, kids arts activities & more. Celebrate the LBI Region arts future at The Makers Festival at Manahawkin Lake Park on Saturday, September 17 from 10a-6p!

High Fliers Market at the LBI Fly International Kite Fest, October 8-9
Hosted by the LBI Arts Council and the LBI FLy International Kite Festival, shop 25 handmade artists and artisans that showcase what the LBI Region has to offer from 10am – 4pm at Bay View Park in Brant Beach.

Click here to learn more about Discover NJ Arts!

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Beach Culture Redefined
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Click the image to watch the Pilot Episode of Just Beneath The Surface!

Cutting Edge Video Applied to LBI Region’s Beach Culture Redefined Campaign!

Working in conjunction with the the LBI Region Destination Marketing Organization, locally based Black Sails Publications, Oak Leaf Media & Volatile Media Management are taking Beach Culture Redefined to the next level via a web-based video series, telling the stories of the region with stunning, high resolution, professionally shot, footage featuring underwater scenes, festivals, environment, local characters, culinary arts, watersports, aerial vantages and wildlife.

You Need to Know...

Manahawkin Bay Bridge Project

New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) officials announced on April 22nd that traffic on the Route 72 Bridge will be shifted to the newly constructed bridge this weekend as construction progresses on the Route 72 Manahawkin Bay Bridges project.

The NJDOT expects to move all traffic to the new bridge with two lanes running in each direction as crews work to restore traffic patterns to their summer alignment. This shift will permit work to the existing bridge. Summer traffic patterns are expected to be fully restored by mid-May.

Please click here for more information about the Manahawkin Bay Bridge Project.

Doing Business

Explore the services offered by our members!

Our membership is composed of businesses, professionals, services and organizations of the LBI Region. Please browse through our business directory by clicking here!

Local News Reel

Work Continues on $350M Manahawkin Bay Bridge, Construction Equipment Guide, 08/24/16

Long-Term Planning Assistance Grant Funds Available for Sandy-Impacted Counties, Municipalities, The SandPaper, 09/12/16

Southern Ocean got off easy, Asbury Park Press, 09/07/16

From the July/August Edition of the Bridge

Little Egg Harbor Walmart Readies for July 13 Opening (The SandPaper, 07/06/2016)

N.J.’s ‘tropical’ waters creeping north, wowing beachgoers (, 07/14/2016)

N.J.’s best beach: A public beach that feels like a private paradise, (, 07/20/2016)

2 LBI squads added to tonight’s A.C. Lifeguard Classic, (Press of Atlantic City, 07/22/2016)

Upcoming Events

See our Event Calendar for a listing of the area’s happenings!

Full Event Calendar
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Visitor's Center

Get your info into visitor’s hands at our Information Center

Our Ship Bottom Visitor Center is a  favorite first stop for seasonal visitors as well as information headquarters for brides to be,  homeowners, families relocating, and welcoming committees for our 55 + communities! Bring in your 2015 Brochures, flyers and postcards and connect with them.

The Visitor’s Center is open Monday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm throughout the year, and  Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm Spring through Fall.

If you have questions about what to bring or how many, give a call to 609-494-7211 and speak with Linda x107 or Cindy x105.

Advertising Opportunities

Reach your target audience with Full Color ads in our email blasts, “The Bridge: Chamber to Business” digital newsletter and the “LBI Region Happenings” digital newsletter to be distributed to the community.  Digital Advertising Rates start as low as $60 per month.  Design services available at an additional charge.

For ad rates & inquiries, contact
Danielle Corso

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Thank You For Being A Member of the Chamber!
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The LBI Region is stronger with a network of  community-minded businesses.

Share the benefits with your peers – ask them to Join Us!

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Provide helpful hints on topics such as SEO, accounting, marketing, human resources, legal, insurance, or whatever field you excel.  Educate your peers about your industry & help to increase business-to-business interaction.

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Welcome New Members

Valentin Madrid
La Bamba Mexican Restaurant
3200 Long Beach Boulevard
Long Beach Township NJ 08008

Ken Muha
The Shack
305 North Bay Avenue
Beach Haven NJ 08008

Paula Brennan
Practically Perfect LLC
Serving Southern Ocean County

Francine Keller
Marking Waves, Inc.
Schooner’s Wharf
325 9th Street
Beach Haven NJ 08008

Joe Epstein Photography
132 Washington Street #305
Hoboken NJ 07030

Chamber Board of Directors & Staff

SOCCC Executive Board

The SandPaper

JILLIAN ELSASSER, 1st Vice President
Panzone’s Pizza

SKYE J. GIBSON, CFP®, 2nd Vice President


CHRISTINA ULINSKI PING, Immediate Past President
Brookdale Stafford

Southern Ocean County
Chamber of Commerce

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SOCCC Board of Directors

JOHN BOEKELL, Shore Community Bank


TANEK HOOD, Reynolds Landscaping


RICK TEMPLE, Temple Construction

LEW RICHARDS, Crust & Crumb Bakery



TIM HART, Ocean County Cultural & Heritage Commission


The Staff

Office Manager, Ext. 103

Membership & Event Coordinator, Ext. 104

Receptionist & Information Desk, Ext. 105

Receptionist & Information Desk, Ext. 107

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