TAPinto Volunteer First Responder of the Month For Little Egg Harbor/Tuckerton

The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce has partnered with TAPinto Local News Network to bring Little Egg Harbor and Tuckerton their own accredited news source.

As a feature we would like to highlight the heroic and dedicated efforts of the local EMS and Fire companies, we ask that these questions be filled out by either the main contact person or the individual that was selected to be featured. Please be sure to upload a photo of this month’s Volunteer First Responder


The 66th Annual Long Beach Island Surf Fishing Classic brings the iconic tournament back for a shot at extending a great time in the region. Kicking off on October 10 and running through December 13, the 2020 tournament is a great excuse to work remotely and hit our beaches.

If you enjoy a great time fishing, participating in this annual event will help you compete for daily cash prizes for Striped Bass, Kingfish, and Bluefish as well support participating bait & tackle shops.

Registration includes 2020 LBI Surf Fishing Classic Hat, Decal & Coupon for a free slice of Panzone’s Pizza. The Southern Ocean County Chamber has proudly supported the event since 1954, and is proud to recognize the continuation of such an iconic event. General Registration is $30 and Youth (17 and under) $15 for weeks of fantastic fishing. Special Cash prize days run until December worth hundreds of dollars. See website details for contest rules.

To find out about bonus days, seminars and other classic ways to join in, go to: https://www.lbisfc.com/lbi-fall-classic-surf-fishing-tournament

Come Out to Innovate and Caffeinate Nov 11

In time for strategic planning into 2021, join us for an in person business event! The region’s chamber hosts Freeholder Director Joseph Vicari to discuss small business and Covid-19 recovery as well as announcements for 2021 strategies at The Mainland with breakfast check in beginning at 8am.

The presentation will feature an informative overview from Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph Vicari on small business and moving forward from the Covid-19 crisis. The region’s chamber will also present updates on Shop Small initiatives for the holidays, upcoming programs and announce the 2021 strategic plan. In honor of Veterans Day, there will be information packages available from Ocean County Veteran Service Bureau to distribute to the community.

The program includes keynote, staff served breakfast buffet and networking. Hand sanitizer stations will be set up in the private ballroom. The event will require masks unless seated and social distance practices will be in place. The cost is $25 per person. Advance registration and payment required by contacting the Southern Ocean County Chamber directly at 609.494.7211, emailing [email protected] or through PayPal link below.

The Mainland Holiday is located at 151 Rt 72 North in Manahawkin with event check in beginning 8am with program starting approx 830am.

Champion of ChowderMonth announced

Thank you to everyone who responded to support local restaurants, merchants and keep the spirit of the 32 annual Chowderfest alive and well during the COVID 19 pandemic. The focus in 2020 was to raise awareness for the important role that local dining and in person shopping plays in the community as well as to drive direct support to the competitors by purchasing chowder.

With over 3100 votes cast online through registered email, the restaurant with the most votes received the honor for overall Grand Champ. The 2020 Chowdermonth Champion was awarded to Cluck’N Crabs located on Mill Creek Road in Manahawkin for their Cluck’n Red chowder by President Christopher Schwab of the Anderson Insurance Agency and Southern Ocean Chamber CEO Lori Pepenella. The taster’s are looking forward to Cluck’N Crabs to join other returning champions on the field for October 2 & 3 2021. Thank you to all the Chowdermonth competitors Lefty’s Tavern , County Kettle Chowda, Terrace Tavern, Surf City Hotel, Ott’s Good Earth Garden, Tucker’s Tavern, Daddy O, The WooHoo, The Gateway, Polly’s Dock & Clam House, Daymark, Birdy’s Cafe and Artisan Market , The Arlington,The Old Causeway Steak & Oyster House, Roberto’s Dolce Vita, Dune 18, Kubel’s Too, Panzone’s Pizza, Buckalew’s , ScoJo’s , Howard’s , La Bamba , Chicken or the Egg and Living On the Veg.

By Chowder feasting at home or by adding chowder to their dine in order, patrons could celebrate at their own comfort level. By adding the Virtual Chowder Run+Walk+Bike Challenge, it allowed 134 registered participants from around the country to get outside and earn an inaugural medal. With 85 runners/bikers being from across New Jersey, the rest represented states far and wide including Texas, California, Maine, Tennessee, Florida, New York,Connecticut, Maine and Vermont. Leading up to the online closing ceremonies and announcement, the Southern Ocean Chamber held a pop up shop featuring vintage chowder gear, offering free Chowderfest mugs to anyone who stopped by on the way to grab chowder. 2020 Official Chowderfest Merchandise can be purchased online through October 15. To find out more about 2020 Chowdermonth, listen to playlist, view closing ceremonies, visit the interactive map for dining and shopping options, go to https://chowderfest.com/

The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce thanks all who participated in making this unique situation so positive including 2020 sponsors The Sandpaper, AtlantiCare, Atlantic States Group, Anderson Insurance, G Anderson Agency Beasley Media Group and New Jersey Division of Travel & Tourism.

Vote By Mail Secure Ballot Drop Box Locations in Southern Ocean County

Ocean County Freeholder Gary Quinn, liaison to the Ocean County Clerk announces locations where Vote-by-mail ballots can be returned by dropping them off into the secure ballot drop boxes.

“The drop off box location provides a secure and easily accessible receptacle for our voters who do not want to mail their ballot back in or travel to the Ocean County Board of Elections,” stated Freeholder Quinn in a recent press release “These boxes are under 24 hour security surveillance monitored by the County.”


  • Barnegat Township Branch of the Ocean County Library, 112 Burr Street, Barnegat Township
  • Lacey Township Branch of the Ocean County Library, 10 E. Lacey Road, Forked River
  • Little Egg Harbor Branch of the Ocean County Library, 290 Mathistown Road, Little Egg Harbor
  • Long Beach Island Branch of the Ocean County Library, 217 S. Central Avenue, Surf City
  • Ocean County Southern Service Center, 179 South Main Street, Manahawkin

Voters seeking additional information are encouraged to visit the Ocean County Clerk website at www.oceancountyclerk.com and click on the View Nov. 3 General Election Information link or by calling (732) 929-2167

The deadline for placing your ballot in one of the secure drop boxes is 8 p.m., Nov. 3.

Final Week of ChowderMonth Brings Even More To the Table

With no onsite festival this year, we have worked together to take the popularity of our 32 annual LBI Chowderfest to bring attention to local businesses. Our month long celebration of tasting, chowderfeasting at home, chowdertail gates, dine in and dine outs has kept thousands talking about their favorite choice. When in the Chowder Capital of NJ, there will be still plenty to come before the champion is announced.

Back by overwhelming demand, look for an Official Limited Edition online shop to make a pop up
appearance with a re release of 2020 designs as well as a new special design on sale just for the final week.

In partnership with Jetty, this shop will be available on October 1 located on www.chowderfest.com and
will ship merchandise in time for cooler weather and holiday giving. For those who ordered the Official
Chowderfest 2020 Merchandise that was on sale until Sept 15, all orders have been shipped and should
arriving in time for the final weekend.

The Chowder Run Challenge had runners, walkers and bikers registered throughout the East Coast, the final week will see inaugural medals sent directly to over 100
competitors that have already completed and submitted their times, and others who have until Oct 4 to
finish. This medal will be a prized item for any Chowderfest collector and will be encouraged to be worn
for when the weekend returns in 2021.

Watch Sunday October 4 on LBI Official Chowderfest facebook page and the Southern Ocean Chamber YouTube Channel for a closing ceremony with a message from all 2020 restaurant competitors and merchants to air after online voting closes at 3pm. A real time announcement will also come to reveal the overall champion for 2020 Chowdermonth. Mask up and head out to vote for your favorites, there can be only one in 2020.

Competitors are: Lefty’s Tavern , County Kettle Chowda, Terrace Tavern,
Surf City Hotel, Ott’s Good Earth Garden, Tucker’s Tavern, Daddy O, The WooHoo, The Gateway,
Cluck’N Crabs, Polly’s Dock & Clam House, Daymark, Birdy’s Cafe and Artisan Market , The Arlington,The Old Causeway Steak & Oyster House, Roberto’s Dolce Vita, Dune 18, Kubel’s Too, Panzone’s Pizza,Buckalew’s , ScoJo’s , Howard’s , La Bamba , Chicken or the Egg’s and Living On the Veg.

Listen to the free Chowderfest Play list when en route or at home and use the interactive map to locate
restaurants as well as merchants who are offering Chowder Month specials: Bywatyr Shop, Gifted by the
Sea, Between the Sheets, South End Surf ‘N Paddle, The Mod Hatter, Progressive Dimensions, Yuletide
Christmas Shop, Making Waves, Chick’s LBI Shop and The Good Life Boutique. Find everything you need
by going to www.chowderfest.com or following the official LBI Chowderfest Facebook page. The
Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce thanks all who participated in making this unique situation
so positive including 2020 sponsors The Sandpaper, AtlantiCare, Atlantic States Group, Anderson
Insurance, G Anderson Agency Beasley Media Group and New Jersey Division of Travel & Tourism.

Register to Vote for Your Favorite During Chowder Month

Join the hundreds of voters who have already registered for a month long hybrid event to eat and shop small business in the Long Beach Island Region. The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce is presenting their 32 annual Chowderfest differently this year to comply with COVID19 restrictions and safety regulations. Tasters can now purchase merchandise online, complete in the inaugural Virtual Chowder Walk Run and Bike challenge and of course register to vote. There is no cost to become a VIP this year where an email address will get you access to the ballot, digital mapping and Chowderfest Playlist.

Tasters are representing near and far from Philadelphia, Staten Island, and across New Jersey to include Passaic, Somerset, Bergen, Union and Ocean Counties. Pennsylvania counties also include Bucks, Delaware and Montgomery. Restaurants registered to date for take out or dine in chowder experiences are 3 Time Champion Lefty’s Tavern with their award winning Manhattan, County Kettle Chowder‘s Lobsta Bisque, Terrace Tavern‘s New Jersey Clam Chowder, Surf City Hotel‘s New England Style, Ott’s Good Earth Garden with their Jersey Street Corn and Crab Chowder, Tucker’s Tavern New England, Daddy O Restaurant & Hotel‘s Manhattan, The WooHoo with their Crabzilla, The Gateway‘s New England, Cluck’N Crabs Cluck’N Red, Polly’s Dock & Clam House with their Hermains Hearty Chowder, Daymark‘s New England Clam Chowda, Birdy’s Cafe and Artisan Market entering Manhattan Clam Chowder, The Arlington‘s Manhattan, The Old Causeway Steak & Oyster House‘s OC Red, Roberto’s Dolce Vita with Robbie’s Red Clam Chowder, Dune 18‘s Crab and Corn Chowder, Kubel’s Too with their New England Clam Chowder, Panzone’s Pizza entering Smoked Manhattan Chowder, Buckalew’s Restaurant and Tavern‘s Tuscan Lobster Chowder, ScoJo’s entering their New England Clam Chowder, Howard’s Restaurant with New England Clam Chowder, La Bamba with Scallop Tequila Chowder, Chicken or the Egg‘s Old School White, and Living On the Veg with their own Manhattan.  Merchants who are offering Chowder Month specials include Bywatyr Shop, Gifted by the Sea, Between the Sheets, South End Surf ‘N Paddle, The Mod Hatter, Progressive Dimensions, Yuletide Christmas Shop, Making Waves, Chicks LBI Shop and The Good Life Boutique.

The registration is now officially open and voting can take place anytime between Labor Day Saturday to Oct 4 at noon. Go to www.chowderfest.com to register and receive information directly. One email address per vote. Once you cast your selection that address cannot vote again.

Southern Ocean Chamber Mobile Drives Business Info to the Community

In time for Small Business Week, the region’s chamber added a much needed vehicle to assist with distributing and collecting member information as part of upcoming strategic plan.

The COVID-19 crisis has put a focus on the important role small business plays into a community and support is more crucial then ever. Finishing out their 106th year of service, The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce announces the purchase of a much needed resource. As they continue developing the 2021 strategic plan, the region’s chamber kicks off National Small Business Week by sharing news of the purchase of a 2017 Buick Encore. This addition will mobilize chamber efforts as well as further connect the chamber team to the community and assist members.

Prior to the pandemic, The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce Board members had approved the purchase of a reliable vehicle to relieve staff and volunteers from using their own transportation to haul equipment, boxes of collateral and tow the digital billboard. While restrictions were in place, directors worked remotely with Barlow Buick GMC of Manahawkin to arrange for hitch installation and graphic design to be added by Coastal Sign & Design in time for the summer season. The vehicle hit the road in June, spending the summer following safety protocols while checking in on members, picking up material to stock the Visitor Center, dropping off Land & Sea Guides, Chowder Month collateral and other seasonal items. “The chamber strategy for the upcoming year is Commerce & Community” stated Jerry Thompson of the Van Dyk Group, who serves as a Southern Ocean Chamber officer and heads up the Strategic Planning Committee “We are looking to extend the chamber’s outreach in many new ways.

The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce represents hundreds of local businesses and non profit groups. Founded in 1914, it has continuously served community and is the accredited Destination Marketing Organization and Shop Small Champion. All are invited to take part in virtual Small Business week events, in person meetings, and Chowder Month all happening in September. For more information go to www.visitLBIregion.com, call 609-494-7211, visit their information center at 265 W Ninth Street or tune into their weekly radio show and podcast, the LBI Region Report, on WBNJ FM. Follow on social as @LBIregion @southernoceanchamber

Celebrate National Small Business Week September 22-24!

 Our chamber joins the US Small Business Administration in celebrating National Small Business online with a series of virtual conferences running from Tuesday September 22 at 1 pm through Thursday September 24. This year’s National Small Business Week activities will include numerous educational panels providing retooling and innovative practices for entrepreneurs as our nation’s small businesses look to pivot and recover, contributing to a stronger economy.

The conference line up includes Pride in America’s Small Businesses, educational presentations, panel discussions that help both new and existing businesses to recover and innovate. Presentations also include Opening ceremony, SBA’s Veteran Resources, networking with other business owners and industry experts.

The 106 year business organization encourages all to find out more details and registration information for this free online conference on https://www.sba.gov/NSBW . 

Labor Day Weekend Resumes Indoor Dining and More

Governor Phil Murphy made an announcement this morning that for the first time since March, New Jersey restaurants can resume indoor dining effective 6 am on Friday, September 4. At his COVID-19 Press Briefing, he further detailed guidelines for restaurants that included 25% capacity and social distancing in place. He reminded the state that if dining at a restaurant that provides table service, you will only be able to order while seated at your table. Only staff can bring food or beverages, if you are seated at a table, you cannot go to the bar to get another drink or place a food order. Restaurants that provide food service at their bars may allow patrons to dine at the bar, provided that all diners are kept at proper distances. Any group seated together at the bar is capped at four individuals. The State is mandating strict ventilation requirements including, windows must be open to ensure a proper flow of fresh air into dining areas, air conditioner units must be turned so they are allowing for the maximum amount of outdoor air to be introduced to the dining area. 

Later in the afternoon, Governor Murphy also announced that indoor gathering capacity limits would increase to the lesser of either 25 percent capacity or 150 individuals. This includes religious services and celebrations, Weddings, Funerals, Memorial services, and Political activities. In addition, another Executive Order was signed today allowing movie theaters and indoor performance venues to reopen on September 4. Face masks will be required, social distancing to be practiced, capacity will be capped at the lesser of 25% or 150 people. Each showing and each theater in a multi plex will be subject to capacity limits.