Report: Shore tourism takes a dip

July 28, 2008 7:49:26 AM PDT
Merchants are trying to put their best spin on the numbers. But there are already some statistics suggesting a decline in summer visitors to the New Jersey shore.

For a start, there's less trash. The Atlantic County Utilities Authority collected about 2,500 tons less trash in June than it did in June 2007.

There's also less traffic, with the Cape May County Bridge Commission on track to seeing a 10 percent reduction in traffic on its toll bridges this summer.

There are also less people getting into trouble with the law. The town of Beach Haven in June had 52 municipal ordinance violations, less than half of what it had in June 2007.

A tourism official says high gas prices, the economy and competition from Pennsylvania slots parlors are taking a toll on the area.

Information from: The Press of Atlantic City,