Remember in that great movie “The King of Marvin Gardens,” which was set in Atlantic City, Jack Nicholson and Bruce Dern are riding horses on the beach, all decked out in overcoats and old-time Stetson hats?
Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano must have seen that movie, too, because on the front page of the Press of Atlantic City this Wednesday there was a story about how Wildwood’s City Commission is considering a plan to allow offseason horseback riding on the beaches from Spicer Avenue south to the border of Wildwood Crest.
The idea is to generate more revenue to make up a budget shortfall of over $2 million. The city is looking for a company that would provide the rental service – including the all-important chore of cleaning up after the nags. Troiano suggested that the city also explore allowing people to ride their own horses on the beach for a fee.
Actually, it’s not a bad idea. Toward the end of the last century, I remember Jack Morey showing me a rendering of the beach with bridle paths and oasis-like outposts, so it’s not an entirely new concept. The thing is: there’s a lot of horse people offshore and within a driveable distance who would probably like to ride on the beach. I know I would.
Why not give it a whirl?