Seaside Heights, New Jersey
|Seaside Heights, New Jersey|
|— Borough —|
|Motto: Your home for family fun since 1913!|
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Incorporated||February 26, 1913|
|• Mayor||William Akers (term ends December 31, 2015)|
|• Administrator||John Camera|
|• Clerk||Diane Stabley|
|• Total||0.746 sq mi (1.933 km2)|
|• Land||0.619 sq mi (1.604 km2)|
|• Water||0.127 sq mi (0.329 km2) 17.02%|
|Area rank||528th of 566 in state
29th of 33 in county
|Elevation||3 ft (0.9 m)|
|Population (2010 Census)|
|• Rank||457th of 566 in state
19th of 33 in county
|• Density||4,662.9/sq mi (1,800.4/km2)|
|• Density rank||119th of 566 in state
2nd of 33 in county
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0885390|
Seaside Heights is a borough in Ocean County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 2,887, reflecting a decline of 268 (-8.5%) from the 3,155 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 789 (+33.3%) from the 2,366 counted in the 1990 Census. Seaside Heights is situated on the Barnegat Peninsula, a long, narrow barrier peninsula that separates Barnegat Bay from the Atlantic Ocean. During the summer, the borough attracts a crowd largely under the age of 21, drawn to a community with boardwalk entertainment and one of the few shore communities with sizable numbers of apartments, attracting as many as 65,000 people who are often out until early morning visiting bars and restaurants.
Seaside Heights was incorporated as a borough by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 26, 1913, from portions of both Berkeley Township and Dover Township (now Toms River Township), based on the results of a referendum held on March 25, 1913.
Seaside Heights is a resort community, with a beach, an amusement-oriented boardwalk, and numerous clubs and bars, making it a popular destination. Seaside Heights calls itself, "Your Home For Family Fun Since 1913!" The beach season runs from March to October, with the peak months being July and August, when the summer population explodes to 30,000 to 65,000. Route 37 in Toms River is routinely gridlocked on Friday afternoons in the summer months as vacationers travel to the barrier islands. The community is also known as the location of the hit MTV show Jersey Shore, with the director of the borough's business improvement district saying in 2010 that "we can't even calculate the economic benefit" to Seaside Heights from the continued presence of the show.
Seaside Heights is located at United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 0.746 square miles (1.933 km2), of which, 0.619 square miles (1.604 km2) of it is land and 0.127 square miles (0.329 km2) of it (17.02%) is water.(39.944978,-74.078783). According to the
1930-1990 2000 2010
2010 Census 
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 2,887 people, 1,376 households, and 586.2 families residing in the borough. The population density was 4,662.9 inhabitants per square mile (1,800.4 /km2). There were 3,003 housing units at an average density of 4,850.2 per square mile (1,872.7 /km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 80.74% (2,331) White, 6.69% (193) Black or African American, 0.59% (17) Native American, 1.52% (44) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 6.96% (201) from other races, and 3.50% (101) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 17.87% (516) of the population.
There were 1,376 households out of which 20.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 21.0% were married couples living together, 14.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 57.4% were non-families. 46.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.10 and the average family size was 3.03.
In the borough the population was spread out with 19.7% under the age of 18, 10.8% from 18 to 24, 32.5% from 25 to 44, 28.6% from 45 to 64, and 8.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36.2 years. For every 100 females there were 112.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 113.2 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $33,380 (with a margin of error of +/- $12,171) and the median family income was $39,688 (+/- $28,475). Males had a median income of $46,005 (+/- $18,386) versus $18,928 (+/- $13,004) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $19,865 (+/- $4,981). About 37.0% of families and 33.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 73.5% of those under age 18 and 0.0% of those age 65 or over.
2000 Census 
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 3,155 persons, 1,408 households, and 691 families residing in the borough. The population density was 5,162.2 people per square mile (1,997.0/km2). There were 2,840 housing units at an average density of 4,646.8 per square mile (1,797.6/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 89.95% White, 4.03% African American, 0.63% Native American, 0.86% Asian, 1.17% from other races, and 3.36% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.70% of the population.
There were 1,408 households out of which 25.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 26.8% were married couples living together, 16.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 50.9% were non-families. 40.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.17 and the average family size was 2.93.
In the borough the population was spread out with 23.3% under the age of 18, 10.9% from 18 to 24, 35.4% from 25 to 44, 19.3% from 45 to 64, and 11.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 106.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.8 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $25,963, and the median income for a family was $27,197. Males had a median income of $30,354 versus $21,899 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $18,665. About 21.9% of families and 24.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 37.9% of those under age 18 and 12.3% of those age 65 or over.
Seaside Heights is governed under the Borough form of New Jersey municipal government. The government consists of a Mayor and a Borough Council comprising six council members, with all positions elected at large. A Mayor is elected directly by the voters to a four-year term of office. The Borough Council consists of six members elected to serve three-year terms on a staggered basis, with two seats coming up for election each year.
As of 2012[update], the Mayor of Seaside Heights is William Akers (R, term ends December 31, 2015). Borough Council members are Council President Richard Tompkins (R, 2013), Victoria Graichen (R, 2012), Arline Ottoson (R, 2013), Agnes Polhemus (R, 2014), Harry Smith (R, 2012) and Anthony Vaz (R, 2014).
In the November 2011 general election, William Akers was elected to a four-year term as mayor and incumbent councilmembers Agnes Polhemus and Anthony E. Vaz were elected to three-year terms on the borough council. The three Republicans will take their new seats in January 2012.
Mayor Hershey had been in politics in Seaside Heights uninterrupted for over 35 years and had been first elected as Mayor in 1992. His predecessor George Tompkins (father of current councilman Rich Tompkins) served 16 years from 1975–1991, and Mayor J. Stanley Tunney served for 25 years from 1939-1964. Councilwoman Agnes Polhemus served from 1972–1993, and returned in 2006. Joann Duszczak served on the Borough Council for more than a decade before her death in December 2010.
Seaside Heights Borough Attorney George R. Gilmore is grandson of the late Seaside Heights Mayor J. Stanley Tunney and is the Ocean County Republican Chairman.
Federal, state and county representation 
New Jersey's Third Congressional District is represented by Jon Runyan (R, Mount Laurel Township). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Frank Lautenberg (D, Cliffside Park) and Bob Menendez (D, Hoboken).
The 10th district of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by James W. Holzapfel (R, Toms River) and in the General Assembly by Gregory P. McGuckin (R, Toms River) and David W. Wolfe (R, Brick Township). The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township). The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).
Ocean County is governed by a Board of Chosen Freeholders consisting of five members, elected on an at-large basis in partisan elections and serving staggered three-year terms of office, with either one or two seats coming up for election each year. At an annual reorganization held in the beginning of January, the board chooses a Director and a deputy Director from among its members. As of 2013[update], Ocean County's Freeholders (with department directorship, residence and term-end year listed in parentheses) are Freeholder Director John P. Kelly (Law and Public Safety; Eagleswood Township, term ends December 31, 2013), Freeholder Deputy Director James F. Lacey (Transportation; Brick Township, 2013), John C. Bartlett, Jr. (Finance, Parks and Recreation; Pine Beach, 2015), Gerry P. Little (Human Services; Surf City, 2015) and Joseph H. Vicari (Public Works, Senior Services; Toms River, 2014). Constitutional officers elected on a countywide basis are County Clerk Scott M. Colabella, Sheriff William L. Polhemus and Surrogate Jeffrey W. Moran.
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 1,374 registered voters in Seaside Heights, of which 186 (13.5%) were registered as Democrats, 420 (30.6%) were registered as Republicans and 768 (55.9%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were no voters registered to other parties. Among the borough's 2010 Census population, 47.6% (vs. 63.2% in Ocean County) were registered to vote, including 59.3% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 82.6% countywide).
In the 2008 presidential election, Republican John McCain received 53.5% of the vote here (394 cast), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 44.2% (326 votes) and other candidates with 1.6% (12 votes), among the 737 ballots cast by the borough's 1,605 registered voters, for a turnout of 45.9%. In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 55.1% of the vote here (440 ballots cast), outpolling Democrat John Kerry with 43.4% (347 votes) and other candidates with 0.4% (7 votes), among the 799 ballots cast by the borough's 1,694 registered voters, for a turnout percentage of 47.2.
In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 64.4% of the vote here (322 ballots cast), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 25.6% (128 votes), Independent Chris Daggett with 5.8% (29 votes) and other candidates with 1.6% (8 votes), among the 500 ballots cast by the borough's 1,476 registered voters, yielding a 33.9% turnout.
The Seaside Heights School District is a public school district for students in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade. Hugh J. Boyd, Jr. Elementary School served 211 students as of the 2010-11 school year. The original school, Seaside Heights Elementary School, was built in 1926 and later demolished after the opening of a larger school building on the bay front. The current school was built in the late 1960s, and is dedicated to Hugh J. Boyd, Jr., its longtime Superintendent of Schools who died in 1983. Its Early Childhood Center addition was dedicated in 2007 in the name of longtime Board of Education Member Harry M. Smith III. The Board of Education is made up of five members, each elected to three-year terms on a staggered basis, with one or two seats up for election each year.
Since 2003, the Toms River Regional Schools provides administrative, maintenance, food and other services to the Seaside Heights Board of Education. Superintendent of Schools is Frank J. Roselli, who is also the Superintendent of the Toms River Regional School District, oversees the Seaside Heights district.
Public school students in grades 7 through 12 attend the schools of the Central Regional School District, which also serves students from the municipalities of Berkeley Township, Island Heights, Ocean Gate and Seaside Park. The schools in the district (with 2010-11 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Central Regional Middle School for grades 7 and 8 (660 students) and Central Regional High School for grades 9 - 12 (1,306 students).
Points of interest 
Casino Pier and Funtown Pier (partially located within both Seaside Heights and neighboring Seaside Park) are amusement parks, each situated on a pier extending approximately 300 feet (100 m) into the Atlantic Ocean. Each of the two piers are part of a boardwalk that stretches for 2 miles (3.2 km) and offers many family-friendly attractions ranging from arcades, to games of chance, to beaches, to the wide variety of foods and desserts, all within walking distance. Breakwater Beach (formerly known as Water Works) is a water park situated across the street from Casino Pier.
Both piers suffered major damage on October 29, 2012, during Hurricane Sandy. Sections of both piers were torn apart by powerful storm surges and waves causing many of the rides to collapse into the ocean. Casino Pier began cleanup attempts soon after, in an attempt to reopen in time for the summer 2013 season.
Popular culture 
Seaside Heights is best known as the setting for MTV's reality TV series Jersey Shore. The first season of Jersey Shore was filmed in Seaside Heights and Toms River during August 2009. The show's third season was also filmed in Seaside Heights, during July, August, and September 2010. After New York City officials nixed MTV's plans to hold a "Snooki Drop" at its studios in Times Square alongside the square's own ball drop, the event was moved to Seaside Heights. The show returned to Seaside Heights for its fifth season, which wrapped filming on August 2, 2011 and began airing in January 2012. Later that month it was announced that the studio was scouting for a new location to film the upcoming sixth season of the reality show. Las Vegas and Australia were possible locations as well as Jersey City and Atlantic City.
Prior to Jersey Shore, the town was also the setting of MTV's True Life: I Have A Summer Share, which was filmed in Seaside Heights, as was MTV's True Life: I'm a Jersey Shore Girl from 2004, which was one of the network's first stories of guidettes looking for the perfect guido. Additionally, the MTV summer beach house was located in Seaside Heights for many summers in the early 2000s.
Hurricane Sandy damaged substantial portions of the boardwalk and flooded much of the town on October 29, 2012. With a curfew set at 4:00 pm to prevent looting, a New Year's Eve party was held at the Beachcomber for hundreds of area residents at which the arrival of 2013 was celebrated at 3:00 in the afternoon. The Jetstar roller coaster that fell into the water with the Casino pier has become somewhat of an attraction in itself. It was taken apart by a wrecker from Weeks Marine on May 14, 2013, just a short time after Prince Harry of Wales' visit to the site the same day with Governor Chris Christie.
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