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PHOTOS: Wildwood Seasquatch Opens the Ocean for Summer

Collin Hall
The Wildwoods are officially open for business after city officials “opened” the beach for another season on Friday, May 24. After officials spoke – including Jeff Vasser, executive director of New Jersey’s Division of Travel and Tourism – the “Wildwood Seasquatch” made an unexpected appearance and stole the “Key to the Wildwoods” that is used to “unlock” the ocean.

Photos by Collin Hall

More than a hundred people showed up for “Unlocking of the Ocean” on the Wildwood boardwalk Friday, May 24, despite heavy rain that ended just moments before the event.
Wildwood Crest Mayor Don Cabrera joked about giving an hour-long speech, but he spoke only a few sentences.
Students from the Glenwood Avenue School, Wildwood Crest Memorial and other local schools came to see the “Unlocking of the Ocean.”
Sunny the Seagull, the mascot for Morey’s Piers, and Deputy Wildwood Mayor Steve Mikulski stood for the pledge before the ceremony began.
Sunny played it cool even as politicians accused him of forgetting to bring the “Key” for the unlocking to the Wildwoods.
But it wasn’t Sunny who forgot the Key – the Wildwood Seasquatch ran off with it! With some help from John Lynch (pictured) of the Lunch with Lynch Foundation, the Key was recovered and the tourism season officially began.
Sunny and the Wildwood Seasquatch made good after a tense chase.
Content Marketing Coordinator / Reporter

Collin Hall grew up in Cape May County and works as a content manager for Do The Shore, as well as a reporter. He currently lives in Villas.

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