As I walked along the Jenkinson's boardwalk yesterday, that feeling I've been having for months now came back strong. This is going to be the best Jersey Shore summer we've ever had.

Now, I know the past 18 months have taught us that there could always be a hurdle around the corner, and it's hard these days to take anything for granted or assume anything. But there are plenty of indications that this summer could be the the most amazing one in our lifetimes.

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I think that all things come together for us in a positive way this summer. There's no doubt that we're due. And all us locals know how many times we pass on hitting the beach on the weekends because of the crowds and parking and all the other excuses we throw out there.

And before the pandemic, that was fine. But not anymore. I don't think any of us are going to pass up an opportunity to enjoy our Jersey Shore this summer. And we know the tourists won't either.

Add that up and the math says we are lined up for the summer we deserve, the summer our local businesses need, and the summer that will go down in Jersey Shore history, for all the right reasons.

For all the superstitious among us, let me say this.If all goes well, and with any luck, and with our fingers crossed, we'll get a great summer.

So here's to a summer of good health, great fun, robust business, and all the other things we've earned and really deserve. Happy summer!

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