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'Dr. Beach' Names Long Beach Island One Of Best Beaches For Swimming

by Patricia A. Miller

A top expert in beach quality has Long Beach Island as one of the top spots in the country with the best water quality, according to an article in Men's Journal.

Stephen P. Leatherman - "Dr. Beach" - a professor at Florida International University,recently rated beaches throughout the country in terms of water quality and suitability for swimming. Long Beach Island's 18 miles of beaches were one of the top nine.

"Long Beach Island has some of the clearest water I've seen in New Jersey," Leatherman says. "It's pretty much in the high 70s, maybe low 80s."

Long Beach Island was recognized among other prestigious beaches such as Siesta Beach Florida, Lanikai Beach Hawaii, Coronada Beach California in his top nine, said Lori Pepenella, DMO Director for the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce.

"The article fits in wonderfully with the effort of the entire Jersey Shore tourism community," Pepenella said."As a close-knit community of Destination Marketing Organizations, we have been working to send out positive and accurate information to help visitors take advantage of the complete experience."

The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Chamber members operate a year-round visitor center at 265 West Ninth Street in Ship Bottom, 609 494 7211 or online at www.visitLBIregion.com or social media as LBI Region.

To read the Men's Journal article, click here:http://www.mensjournal.com/expert-advice/americas-best-beaches-for-swimming-20140506/long-beach-island-nj




CPO Rob May 10, 2014 at 06:30 AM
Why of course it is. I just wish they would not publicize it.
larry May 10, 2014 at 11:22 AM
High 70's to low 80's.Where is this guy coming from. Yes have to agree LBI is great. But you cannot compare to Florida's Gulf coast beaches.
greg May 10, 2014 at 08:50 PM
The other eight beaches are much nicer...they don't charge fees to use what the public owns
Alberta Conklin May 11, 2014 at 02:19 PM
The water quality on LBI has been high for Few years now! Beautiful sand and no rocks in water! It is lovely. Great place for families too! As you can tell, I love LBI. Fees are charged, because the sand is raked of Debris every day in Summer and the lifeguards do have to get paid!
greg May 11, 2014 at 05:30 PM
Beaches in FL are raked daily and all have life guards...and no fees. Access to NJ beaches is a rip off

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