Shore, visitors prep for Fourth

July 2, 2008 3:39:30 PM PDT
The Jersey Shore likes to bill itself as just a tank full of gas away for a third of the nation's population. There is clearly a crowd in Ocean City and some visitors say gas prices did enter into their decision to come here.

Michele Gillian of the Ocean City Chamber of Commerce says business so far this season is good, not great, but good.

"We're hearing from merchants it's picking up, which is a good thing. When you have a wet spring, like we did, and you start almost from zero, the pickup has been tremendous," Gillian said.

Nothing attracts crowds to the shore faster than a good weather forecast. Now that this season is in full swing there are high hopes for July 4th weekend.

Sifting Sands Motel manager Arnie Thorton says reservations are up over this week last year.

"They're coming up from Maryland, they're coming down from New York, and coming in from Canada," Thorton said.

Keith Wilkinson from Wallingford, Connecticut said it cost him $100 to fill his Suburban, but makes the roundtrip on one tank of gas.

"We were determined to come and it wasn't going to stop us," Wilkinson said.