FILE In this Friday, July 4, 2008 file photograph, lifeguards in Wildwood, N.J., watch people playing in the Atlantic Ocean. For the third time in the past four years, Wildwood — the south Jersey ... more 
FILE In this Friday, July 4, 2008 file photograph, lifeguards in Wildwood, N.J., watch people playing in the Atlantic Ocean. For the third time in the past four years, Wildwood — the south Jersey resort town where the beaches are free and gigantic — has been named the state's best beach. Wildwood and its two neighbors, Wildwood Crest and North Wildwood, took top honors in the annual contest run by the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium/New Jersey Sea Grant and the Richard Stockton College Coastal Research Center as a way of making people feel more connected to and protective of the state's 127-mile coastline. Residents and tourists voted in an online poll. less 
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