FREEHOLD, NJ – Voting is now open for the Making More Shore Memories contest on http://njtoptenbeaches.org.

“I encourage all of our Monmouth County residents and visiting beach lovers to cast their vote before the April 28 deadline,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone. “This year the contest focuses on the love of the entire Jersey shore, and not specific beaches.”

Since 2008, the “New Jersey’s Top 10 Beaches” survey has been conducted to promote a friendly competition among New Jersey’s beaches.  Each year the public could vote for their favorite beach and the winners gained bragging rights for the summer season.

In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, this year’s contest focuses on a photo contest rather than on beach popularity.  Judges narrowed down several hundred photos to 41 finalists.  The public can vote for their favorite photo, which captures a shore memory, to be included in a limited-edition calendar.

“Now, more than ever, we need to show our support for all of our shore communities and our beaches,” said Arnone, liaison to the county’s Department of Public Information and Tourism. “It is important to remember that while our shore line and beaches cross over different counties and towns, we are all a part of the incredible Jersey Shore.”

Information about the calendar and how it benefits the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund is available on the website.

The competition is organized by the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium annually and can be found at http://njtoptenbeaches.org.