Tourism Chair Ray Summers retires after three decades

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MANASQUAN — The Manasquan Tourism Commission’s longtime chairman, Ray Summers, has retired from his position after 30 years of organizing year round events for visitors and residents alike to enjoy.

“We have a great group [and] I’ve done it for 30 years so I thought it was the time to retire,” Mr. Summers said.

“We’ve done so many great events, it [tourism] really grew. I met a lot of great people and we couldn’t have done it without all the support we got from the town,” Mr. Summers said. He added that he is grateful for the support of his wife, Anne, who has been a great help over the years.

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Mr. Summers said that he was “fortunate to work with some great people on the commission,” during the course of his tenure and has appreciated the time that he has had.

But, now that his time organizing events has come to an end, Mr. Summers said he is just as excited to be a spectator and is looking forward to the future events put on by the tourism commission.

One of the most memorable events that Mr. Summers said he helped organize was the 75th anniversary of the Manasquan Inlet in 2006. The celebration was a summer of events that culminated with a boat parade, held in conjunction with Brielle, Point Pleasant Beach and Point Pleasant Borough and other organizations.

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