Gavin DeGraw enjoying Asbury Park’s beach in 2009


Press release from the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium about the 2011 “Top Beach” survey.  Asbury Park’s beaches have been one of the top for the past three years – with your help, we can make that happen again, and win in the new “overall Monmouth County” category…

This winter’s frigid temperatures and seemingly endless snow storms have most New Jerseyans dreaming of warm summer days lounging on their favorite beach. Odds are that beach will be one of the many on the ballot in the Fourth Annual New Jersey Top Ten Beaches (NJTTB) survey.

Visitors to the website, njtoptenbeaches.org, which officially opens for vote collecting on Wednesday February 23rd at noon, will be asked to help name the State’s Top Ten beaches for 2011.

The basic format of the survey will remain the same – visitors to the web site can again vote for their favorite New Jersey beach in each of three categories.  In addition to the top overall beach, there will be a:

  • 2011 favorite beach winner announced for each coastal county: Atlantic, Cape May, Monmouth and Ocean 
  • A photo contest.  The photo contest is a new component that will celebrate and embrace the natural elements of New Jersey Beaches through photography. Three of the State’s most notable photographers representing southern (Al Campbell), central (Paul Scharff) and northern (Dwight Hiscano) New Jersey will serve as the panel of judges.  They’ll select 24 photos from all photo entries received between February 23 and March 25.  Those finalists will be posted on the NJTTB web site and visitors can vote for their favorite from April 2nd through the 30th when voting for both the beaches and the photos will end.  The winning images from the photo contest will be featured at NJSGC’s annual State of The Shore showcase media event on May 26th when the top vote getters in the Top Ten Beaches will be revealed.

The New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium is an affiliation of colleges, universities and other groups dedicated to advancing knowledge and stewardship of New Jersey’s marine and coastal environment. NJSGC meets its mission through its innovative research, education and outreach programs. The NJTTB project, developed by Dr. Stewart Farrell, Professor of Marine Science at Richard Stockton College and Kim Kosko, Director of Communications for the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium (NJSGC) was created four years ago to promote stewardship and pride in New Jersey’s beaches.

For more information about NJSGC visit njseagrant.org or on Facebook