Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) headed south to Cape May County today to tour Morey's Pier, and several other local businesses along the historic Wildwood Boardwalk. Kyrillos was greeted in Wildwood by Morey's Pier President and CEO, Mr. Will Morey. Mr. Morey then invited a few Wildwood Boardwalk business owners and employees to meet privately with Senator Kyrillos to discuss their businesses, and how decisions from policy-makers in Washington, DC affect their ability to expand and create more jobs in Cape May County. Following the meeting, the group hopped aboard the Sightseeing Tram Car and made several stops along the boardwalk.
"The Garden State has over 130 miles of coastline," said Senator Kyrillos. "Because of that, tourism is one of our state's most important economic drivers. We need to ensure that the policies coming out of Washington are creating an environment of growth and opportunity for businesses in the tourism industry such as Morey's Pier and the other businesses on the Boardwalk.
"But that is not what is happening now. The policies of Senator Bob Menendez and his anti-growth allies in Washington are limiting the potential of New Jersey's economy. Business owners like Mr. Morey simply want the opportunity to build their business and provide good jobs to the people in their communities. Washington needs to heed the concerns of business owners and create a pro-growth environment so that job creators like Mr. Morey across America can unleash the potential of our economy."
"We were honored to welcome Senator Kyrillos to Morey's Piers and Beachfront Waterparks," said Will and Jack Morey, brothers and second generation owners of Morey's Piers.
"Senator Kyrillos understands the importance of tourism to the Southern Shore Region. He is focused on improving and creating opportunities which will ensure that Cape May County continues to be a great place to live, work and play."
Background of Businesses Toured:
Morey's Piers: Morey's Piers is the largest family owned and operated business in Cape May County. Mr. Morey is a second generation owner, who along with his brother Jack, oversees three amusement piers on the Wildwood and North Wildwood Boardwalk, various other commercial boardwalk stores as well as several Hotels, Motels, restaurants and other businesses throughout the Wildwoods. Will is also in his first year of his first term as a Cape May County Freeholder where he is focusing on economic development, planning and infrastructure.
The Original Hot Spot Restaurant: The Original Hot Spot Restaurant was opended in 1962, by Harry Karavangelos, on the Wildwood Boardwalk. Mr. Karavangelos emigrated from Greece at a mere 16 years old and began his future with only a $5 bill in his pocket. There are now seven Hot Spot locations throughout Wildwood.