President Donald Trump will hold a ‘Keep America Great’ campaign rally in Wildwood tomorrow.
It will be held at Wildwoods Convention Center, 4501 Boardwalk. The venue is in South Jersey’s Second Congressional District, represented by Jeff Van Drew, who in December switched political parties to become a Republican and will accompany Trump at the rally.Doors to the event will open at 3 p.m., and although the rally officially will begin at 5 p.m., Trump isn’t scheduled to go on stage until 7 p.m. It will likely finish at about 9 p.m.
The rally, scheduled to start at 7 p.m. pm Tuesday, is a first-come, first-serve basis for the 7,500 ticket holders that will fit inside the convention center.
Wildwood Mayor Pete Byron says this will be the community’s first-ever visit by any sitting president.Byron just took office a few weeks ago, and says the city is beyond prepared to handle the tens of thousands expected over the next two days.
But he added, “I don’t care if you’re a Democrat, Republican or nonpartisan. This is an exciting time for Wildwood and the exposure will be incredible.”
Byron hopes the attention will lead to even more people will discovering Wildwood, whose population balloons by 150,000 to 200,000 people during the summer.
There’s expected to be overflow viewing areas outside of the convention center, along with other amenities including portable bathrooms, food offerings, and other merchandise vendors who have secured permits from the city. People have been in line since about 2 p.m. Sunday. They have sleeping bags, cots, tents, chairs and everything they need to camp out for the next 30 hours or so before President Trump speaks Tuesday afternoon.
In preparation for Tuesday’s “Keep America Great” rally for President Donald Trump, the Wildwood Poilce Department has released a list of prohibited items for the event including backpacks larger than 12 inches by 14 inches by 5 inches, chairs, or pets. Balloons, balls, coolers, alcoholic beverages, selfie sticks, containers, and umbrellas are also not allowed, among other miscellaneous items.
Covering the convention center parking lot and boardwalk were fences set up to coral the thousands of people expected to descend on the boardwalk and join Snowden in the next two days.
The roads surrounding the venue will close starting at noon, according to Wildwood police. Free street parking will be available throughout the area.
Because high traffic volume is expected, Wildwood Crest’s traffic lights will be activated and operating in full cycles from Monday morning through Wednesday morning.
Almost all motels within walking distance of the venue have sold out, some nearly immediately after the rally was announced. Chris Falcone, manager of the Days Inn & Suites directly across from the arena, said earlier this month that all 50 rooms were gone within 24 hours of the event’s announcement. Rooms at the Days Inn went for an average of $110 a night, about $20 higher than what they would normally be for this time of year, Falcone said. Airbnb rentals are ranging from $150 to $990 a night.