FINALLY, THE AP CHAMBER OF COMMERCE EMBRACES THE UNDEAD: the article they don’t want you to read
After five years, the powers that be at the Asbury Park Club of Commerce (APCC) have woken up and done what TheBPlot and many, many other people have been calling for, for years: they have acknowledged the record-setting work of Zombie Walk founder, Jason Meehan and his team of dedicated undead.
Finally, the APCC is awarding Meehan with a Carousel Award.
Since 2010, Zombie fans – TheBPlot, business owners, residents and visitors – have been chanting that Meehan and team were doing something unique and impactful in a city of me-too and needed to be celebrated in any and every way possible by the APCC, a nonprofit organization charged with supporting local businesses. [more below]
In 2011, a downtown business owner told TheBPlot: “Jason and his Zombies are my heroes every October. If I compare my (revenue) numbers for other fall weekends around the Zombie weekend, they don’t come close. For that weekend I know to bring in more staff with a guarantee it all pays for itself in multiples.”
Positive national publicity? Yes. Revenue for both boardwalk and downtown businesses? Yup. Community pride? Big time. What was the APCC (managed by a under-appreciated team of one) waiting for to recognize the unparalleled accomplishment Meehan spearheaded?
In 2010, a APCC member told TheBPlot Meehan’s name was proposed during a Carousel Award brainstorming meeting. The idea was flatly killed because the heads of the organization felt he would not be able to sell enough tickets to the tacky awards dinner. In 2011, two board members confirmed all this.
At the same time, the APCC celebrated Carter Sackman with a Carousel Award unaware the downtown developer owed the city at least $500,000 in tax revenue.
Read TheBPlot’s first article about the APCC and Zombie walk here and the first article dedicated to the walk (when it was a new idea) in 2009 here. To look at the Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce’s 2011 tax filing (the last available), click here.