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    mmmmmm, Lobster House. Was guessing that was where you went. I'd like to say their prices change at other times of the year, but I can't. Been there off season and on and they seem to be in the same area. Cape May is a great little area to visit.

    PS - Hours of operation for convention will be the same in 2006 and it will be farewell to our hotel also.
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    What do you mean ... a fare well to our hotel"... ???? I thought all the condo's they're building were there for rental as well. Not only that but I'm sure they can't tear down every hotel in the town? Is there something special about that one Hotel???? Yes, as you can see I am still very confused at the whole Wildwood thing... ironically everyone at the firehouse has been asking me if I've gotten blonder lately??!
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    I think the No Vote for 2010 might open the eyes of the Five Mile Beach Association, Business Associations, Ect....But what about 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 ??? Four More Years of outrageous prices, limited housing / motels and a parade that is an absolute disgrace.

    My company had about 20 - 25 people attend some with famlies and some guys solo. {No Competition -- Delagates attended the meetings} and by 11:00 on Saturday Night most were back home. {70 Miles away} -- I remember in years past when I attended We would stay the full three days and three nights, Clean up at the parade {5 Years in row Over-All State Championship} Let our hair down and have a party Saturday Night and head home right at 11am check out on Sunday.

    Now......The wax is hardened, Armor-All is packed away, and the rags are retired. {Fire House is under major construction} There is no reason to attend this mess any longer........As I previously Posted earlier in this segment I traveled to Myrtle Beach at the end of August. Minus Our Portion of the beach front rental {Split 3 Ways}, and Fuel for the trip down and Back My Wife and I spent less in a week than we would have in three days at Wildwood and had alot more fun.......Gotta love the beach, golf, and a little shopping. We came close to Wildwood expenses but in the end not as much as I bugeted for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Halligan84
    I agree that the Association does little to nothing for firefighter causes. My personal feeling is that the relief money should be used while we are alive for safety and operations. Think about the average town merely investing in a 10K term life insurance policy, the cost would be far less than what is in the Relief accounts now. As far as the rest of the weekend, I had always thought that the Association ran that too until a few years ago. The Wildwood FD's put the rest of the weekend on (parade, tents, etc..) , I would suppose any training opportunities could be coordinated through them if they were interested. My company always has a pretty good time, we pay our own way except for delegates and get together for a barbeque during the parade. For quite a few of our members the whole family comes down. The room rates are getting crazy, but where along the Jersey shore isn't?
    No no no no no no no!

    You have no understanding of what the real mission of the Relief Association does aside from the convention. No insurance policy can do what the local Reliefs do. Please don't make that mistake.

    My complete and total problem with them is this stupid, poor excuse for a convention and the lack of productive business that takes place at the convention.

    BTW, I seem to remembeback in the "80's that they voted not to have it in Wildwood anymore. The convention bureau begged and pleaded and promised to play nice and the FF's gave in.

    That is what will happen this time...mark my words.

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    Well.. one more down.. from what I hear the Lobster House burned to the ground over the weekend....

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    Umm... EXCUSE ME--Now I am totally lost???!!! What exactly is the purpose of this convention? Is it to obtain detailed goals for the LOSAP thing or the retirement home in Boonton??? Or is it to Display and sell/buy merchant goods, or is it just a special end of summer "Hoo-rah?"? It doesn't seem to have any kind of clear purpose to the outside eye(like me). Just clarification would be nice. This is all new to me. We have NOTHING like this out West.
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    No WAY??!!! Are you serious???!!! Weird.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bones42
    Ok, for Sassy and DrP, who appear to not know when the convention is, the tents are open from around 8am FRIDAY until around 12:00pm SATURDAY. The meetings are 1pm on FRIDAY and 10am SATURDAY. The parade starts at 1pm on SATURDAY. Most of the trucks on display are gone before the parade starts as some of them are in the parade. Coming down late morning on Saturday you will see very little of anything convention related as that is when it ends. Saturday night, at the convention hall, there is a short ceremony giving out awards from the parade.

    as for eating...anyone that would pay $41 for a lobster tail (I hope it was at least good )
    you know bones, I came down last year (friday night into saturday morning), and thought the tents were open later than 2pm. either way, it doesn't pay for me to take off a day from work, drive the two hours each way, pay an over priced rate at a hotel, just to go home on saturday at 3pm. it's just not worth it.

    and as much as sassy hates me to say it, i wasn't impressed with the lobster tail. but it was a different taste, and I'm glad i did try it (and even more glad that sassy treated me to it ). but next time, and good burger and some french fries, and I'll be just as happy as having lobster tail.

    as for the fire at the lobster house, here is what I found:
    Charred Restaurant to Reopen
    CAPE MAY HARBOR, NJ-September 27, 2005 - Just a day after a devastating fire, a landmark business at the Jersey shore restaurant will reopen.
    Action News was first with the pictures of this fire at the Lobster House restaurant on Fisherman's Wharf in Cape May Monday morning.

    The fire started in a storage area and heater room.

    Fire did spread to part of the main dining room. It will remain closed today.
    http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?se...cal&id=3477550

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    Fire Damages New Jersey Lobster House Restaurant
    POSTED: 8:16 am EDT September 27, 2005
    UPDATED: 10:56 am EDT September 27, 2005

    LOWER TOWNSHIP, N.J. -- Fire damaged the landmark Lobster House Restaurant in Lower Township on Monday, leaving hundreds of employees out of work.

    State Commerce Department officials are considering what to do for the 350 employees. The restaurant is one of the largest employers in south Cape May County.

    The cause of the fire has been traced to a malfunctioning exhaust fan.

    No one was injured.

    The wholesale seafood business, fish market, raw bar, dockside take-out operation and schooner will reopen Tuesday.

    The business has been a fixture since the 1920s.
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    Sassy, the convention is for the State Relief Associations to get together and conduct some business. Discussions about the home in Boonton and the whackjob from Ocean County that wants to build a second home paid for by casino's is a constant. LOSAP is not discussed as it has nothing to do with the Association. The vendor displays and tents are just byproducts of something having a lot of FF's around in one area. The light bar displays draw them like moths to a bug zapper.

    Why isn't Wildwood seriously going to worry about the convention not being there? Simple. Find another place. When a reasonable one is suggested, maybe they will worry. A/C is often discussed and always gets the same response...A/C won't allow a weekend convention.

    PS - Sassy, by "our" hotel, I meant the one that my company has stayed in since the convention returned to Wildwood from A/C. It's being torn down after the 2006 season and replaced with some "supertower" thing of 28 floors. Yes, there will be condo's available, but they are being geared more for long term rentals, not a weekend. By the way, this would be the hotel that is closest to the convention hall, it had a big billboard on the side showing it's future appearance.
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    Oh. Okay... Thanks for the clarification, and BTW DrParasite...The next time you come save me from being stranded and alone.. a burger and Beer is exactly what you will get! No complaints there from me either!
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    Lobster House. I was first in engine (we respond in automatic aid for that area). We managed to make a good stop despite it taking nearly an hour and a half for the electric co. to show up. The fire was located in very close proximity to what was reported as an 1000 amp power lines. We had to wait for a power crew from Glouscter, I guess some of you jeresy guys know how far that is. Anyway, we saved most of it. The raw bar and schooner are still there, and they hope to have the main dinning areas reopened by thanksgiving. The kitchen and storage areas took a big fire hit, but the dinning rooms are mostly water damage from a sprinkler pipe that busted and the fact that we weren't going to shut it oof until we could get lines where we needed them without getting electricuted. Just my luck though, big fire and our normal pump operator was on vacation leaving me the lovely chore of wrestling for pressure.

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    Well who cares about the Lobster House??!!! Atleast you're safe!!! Thankyu for your hard work--sorry you had to wrestle.
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    Default Do you need a place to stay?

    3 bed room condo for rent

    Do you still need a place to stay during the convention? what about a 3 bedroom condo, on Spencer ave near ocean ave, just a few short blocks to the convention hall.

    The price is for the 14th, 15th and 16th of September for only $600.00 (aaditonal nights are only $150.00 per night)

    Do the math, thats only $100 bucks per guy for 3 nights..it sleeps six

    All we ask is that you follow a few simple house rules:

    Don't let the place catch on fire..I think you can handle that right?
    Don't leave your partner passed out in the bathroom.
    Don't leave a mess...make the rookie clean up each morning.
    Oh, and don't bring attention to any over zealous cop to the condo..They love to ticket noise violators

    A small refundable security deposit of $500 on top of the fee will be required.

    if you are interested and in need of a place to sleep, email me at Albert.almeida@yahoo.com

    Good luck!
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    Post September 2006 at the Wildwoods...No thanks!

    I haven't been to Wildwood for many years...what's expected this year?

    The NJ Forest Fire Service is celebrating it's 100th anniversary, in conjunction with the NJSFA Convention.....but you won't find me making my way to the land of TramCars.

    Been ripped off by hotel/motel owners, disenchanted by lack of equipment displays and/or training opportunities, disappointed and embarassed by the actions of immature, drinking firefighters, unimpressed by activities conducted at the business meetings and thoroughly fed up with driving 130 plus miles for the opportunity to sleep in a rundown facilty, with no restaurant, arrogant staff, no place to park, high prices...and an attitude of "we've got you by the ball$...take it or leave it."

    No thanks....I'm on my way to a conference in Big Bear Lake, California and then...on to Hawaii, where for 185 bucks a night..in my studio condo on the beach in Maui...I can sip a cool one and enjoy the sunset in peace.

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