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Borough of Ship Bottom

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As you complete your drive over the causeway from Manahawkin, you will hop from Bonnet Island to Cedar Bonnet Island and finally land in the community of Ship Bottom on Long Beach Island. The Borough seems to be much more active and busy than the other communities on the island, and this is probably due for the most part to the traffic. New Jersey's route 72 ends here amongst a jungle of gas stations, popular businesses and several traffic signs that may be confusing to those not familiar with the junction.

The unusual name was given to the area as far back as the early 1800's when a ship ran aground during a heavy fog. The vessel was tossed and overturned by the strong tides, and by the time rescuers reached the ship, it appeared that there was no hope of survivors. All at once, someone heard a knocking from inside the ship's hull. Working for several minutes with axes and any other tools they could find, the group tore a hole in the bottom of the ship and found a young women, exhausted and in shock, but alive.

Municipal Offices
Borough of Ship Bottom Municipal Building
1621 Long Beach Blvd
Ship Bottom, NJ 08008
Phone: (609) 494-2171
Official Web Site:

Police and Fire Emergencies: 911
Police Department, Non-emergency: (609) 494-1518

Borough Clerk: (609) 494-1614
Building Inspector: (609) 494-2171
Court Clerk: (609) 494-7213
License Inspector: (609) 494-1614
Mayor's Office: (609) 494-1614
Public Works Department: (609) 494-7766
Tax Assessor: (609) 494-1622
Tax Collector: (609) 494-2400
Tax Office: (609) 494-1613
Water and Sewage Department: (609) 494-2171
Water Works: (609) 494-8472

Ocean side beaches can be accessed on all side streets with many having wheelchair access. There is a bayside beach at 15th Street.


Season: June 17 through Labor Day
Where To Purchase: Borough Hall
Prices: Pre-Season (Before June 1): $20
Seasonal: $25
Weekly: $13
Daily: $6
Saturday and Sunday: $5
Children Under 13: $Free
Seniors (65+): $3
Senior Badge replacement $3.00

Parking is permitted for 1 hour on most ocean side streets except where posted, and all day on bay side streets. Parking also is available between 18th and 22nd Streets.

Facilities are available between 10th and 11th Streets and at the Borough Hall.

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