Families make final trips to the New Jersey beaches before school starts

OCEAN CITY, NJ (WPVI) — As the peak summer tourist season draws to a close, many families are making their last beach trips to the Jersey Shore before school starts.

Ocean City was packed on Friday. The Lewis family spent the day at the beach with their two children.

Seven-year-old Gavin Lewis from Williamstown, NJ, loves to jump in the ocean but didn’t want to think about going to school anytime soon.

His mother didn’t want to talk about it either.

“I teach Rowan. I teach writing. So I have to go home and do my curriculum,” said Ellen Lewis.

Families huddled up and down the beaches of Ocean City.

Jasper McGahee of Maple Shade, NJ, took the week off to spend time with his kids before they got to work on the books.

“We were just down in Cape May on Wednesday and took her to the Cape May Zoo. We just took the week off from work to spend some time with them,” McGahee said.

Ocean City released beach trailer sales for 2022 through July 31.

So far, beach label revenue is just under $3.5 million, compared to a record-breaking $3.75 million at this time last year.

Still, city officials say revenue this year is at 2019 levels.

And while the crowds are still strong, some companies have had to switch things up as they struggle with late summer staffing.

Companies like Bert’s Beach Rentals have had a lucrative summer but are now faced with many working students going back to school.

“Many of my colleagues have started dropping like flies walking to school one by one,” said worker John Iannelli. “And I’ll be going back to school at the end of the month, too.”

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