Wildwood, N.J. — The Board of Commissioners of The City of Wildwood pulled the beach fee referendum and announced yesterday at the Wildwood Commissioners meeting that they will enter into serious discussions on the implementation of Shared Services with the municipalities of Wildwood Crest and North Wildwood as an alternative solution to beach fees.
The Shared Services solution is a collective effort by the Island’s three municipalities, Wildwood, North Wildwood and Wildwood Crest, and is with the support of the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority (GWTIDA).
“There are always a number of possible approaches when it comes to addressing budget issues. Shared Services is a viable and financial solution that could work for everyone,” said Commissioner Byron. With the Shared Services solution, the three municipalities would pool their efforts and assets and share various services, including, but not limited to, beach maintenance, lifeguarding, fire and police.
“We are excited and thrilled to be collaborating with the other municipalities on this solution. We are all working together for common goals,” said Mayor Troiano. “These goals include the preservation of tourism — the life blood of the island — and unifying and strengthening our municipalities’ budget issues and shortages,” he added.
The three communities have agreed to form a Shared Service Committee, to include members or officials from each municipality and GWTIDA to work out and oversee the details on a Shared Services Plan for maximum benefit to all.
“We strongly believe that this Shared Services solution is a win-win for everyone involved,” added Commissioner Leonetti.