Very early this morning, Mariner’s Landing at Morey’s Piers in Wildwood caught on fire. The victims: Super Scooters and the Seal Flume.
Was this one legit or a “fire of convenience”? We’d guess legit. How much insurance money could the Moreys get for two rides? Or really need? They own every ride on every pier down there — even the Golden Nugget, which they don’t even USE, just keep alive to conjure up memories of folks who knew when an abandoned mine shaft ride was “state of the art.”
Related: This, however, might have been set on purpose.
On Wednesday, the Wildwood Tram Car turns 60. If you’re in town around 11am, you can meet Floss Stingel, the “Watch the Tram Car” voice. We haven’t been this excited since we met Captain Noah.
Related: A tram car without a tram
Wildwood’s a quirky place, the kind of shore town that inspires a love-it or hate-it reaction.
No matter what side of the argument you claim, you’ve got to know that Wildwood is not the most upscale town at the Jersey shore (any place that thrives on prom weekend or senior week parties is never going to appeal to the Land Rover crowd). But that didn’t stop investors from believing the gentrification hype, hence the big real estate boom and bust around town (want a cheap Wildwood property? Buy now, and ignore your neighbors).
Red Sky, a wonderful shore restaurant, also bit the bait and got pulled under. They just closed their Wildwood location.
We won’t be surprised if Juan Pablo’s is next. When we walked by the restaurant on Memorial Day Weekend, it looked just like Red Sky: out of place.
When will Wildwood catch up? Right about the same time Camden does: exactly never.
Related: This ain’t exactly the Princeton crowd.
[Photo via DowntheShoreWithJen]