First settled in the
seventeenth century by fishermen and farmers, the
entire area was once part of Shrewsbury Township
in Monmouth County.
and Point Pleasant Beach were considered
part of Brick Township.
Later in 1886, Point Pleasant Beach incorporated,
and the present Point Pleasant Borough then incorporated
independently in 1920.
Until that time, the two towns were joined
and shared a common community life.
Three factors contributed
to the evolution of a fishing village and summer
its present state of development:
the railroad, the canal, and the Garden State
Point Pleasant had
remained underdeveloped compared to some of its
neighboring communities, because the Manasquan Inlet
tended to silt up and did not provide a reliable
was difficult to reach the area by stage, and, until
the railroad arrived in 1870, the main visitors
were from the Philadelphia area.
The life of the town remained seasonal until
a canal between the Manasquan
River and Barnegat Bay was opened 1926.
The inlet, which led from the river to the
Atlantic Ocean, was bulkheaded in 1935. This made
the area attractive to small boat owners and to
the boat building industry.
The final factor was the arrival of access
to the shore by the Garden State Parkway in 1954. The area then became one of the numerous bedroom communities
which sprang up along the Garden State Parkway’s
Borough is located in northern Ocean County.
It has water
boundaries in the north (the Manasquan River),
and in the south (Beaver Dam Creek).
The Point Pleasant Canal bisects the area,
and the borough has a land and water boundary with
Brick Township in the west, and a jagged land boundary
with Point Pleasant Beach and Bay Head in the east.
The wetlands, which survived extensive land
reclamation and lagoon dredging, are found along
Beaver Dam Creek.
The population of Point
Pleasant is 19,306 (2000 U.S. Census) located on
3.5 square miles.
There are approximately 8,350 housing units.
There is very little
industry in the area.
Boat building has declined since the major
boat yard was turned into condominium housing.
The major employer of the area is Meridian
Health Medical Center of Ocean County, known locally
as Brick Hospital, which employs over 1700 people
at the hospital in Brick and at the Shore Rehabilitation
patrons are connected to the health industry by
The second largest employer is
Point Pleasant Borough Schools, which employ
350, and the third largest is Point Pleasant Borough,
which employs 181 people. Employment figures are
as of May 1, 2001.
Commercial land use
is limited to some office development, and marine
establishments consisting of boat sales and marinas.
The town does not have
a traditional center, perhaps because the shopping
district of the Beach served in that capacity for
so long. There is one fairly large shopping center,
anchored by a Stop & Shop food market, at the
intersection of Bridge Avenue and Route 88. Other stores are strung out along the length of Bridge Avenue,
many with residences above them.
Route 88 is lined with stores, blending imperceptibly
into Brick Township’s share of the highway.
The Point Pleasant Borough Chamber of Commerce
sponsors an annual Street Fair on Bridge Avenue
to develop a sense of community.
A listing of local businesses is maintained
on the Internet at www.ptboro.com
Median family income
for 2000 is estimated to be $64,582. 1.49% of the
community is below the poverty level.
The main business district
is located on Bridge Avenue and is spread along
its considerable length.
The Municipal Building and Post Office are
also located along this road.
Route 88 runs east and west linking the town
to Brick and Point Pleasant Beach. There are three drawbridges providing accommodation to boat
traffic: two spanning the canal, linking Barnegat
Bay to the Manasquan River and one over the Beaver
Dam Creek, with Brick on the other side.
Although an automobile
is still necessary for best access to services,
there are mass transit options available. Ocean County Transportation and Vehicle Services Department
provides bus service to the railroad station in
Point Pleasant Beach, with a stop at the corner
of Bridge Avenue and Route 88, plus other
bus connections to Philadelphia and New York. The
Borough of Point Pleasant has a free local bus,
which makes four loops of the town, including a
stop at the library on Beaver Dam Road.
clubs are important to area residents (Elks, Moose,
There are two Republican Clubs, one Democratic.
There is a VFW, Knights of Columbus, New Jersey
Sailing Club, Jersey Shore Quilters, Shore Swingers
Square Dance Club and two volunteer fire companies.
There are twenty-three churches available to residents,
four within the boundaries of the municipality:
St. Martha’s Roman Catholic, First Assembly of
God, Good Shepherd Evangelical Lutheran and Harvey
Memorial United Methodist Church.
Sports are big in Point
Pleasant. There are well-established soccer, baseball
and football teams for the children. The town boasts
a Recreation Center, Heritage Park, and the County
Park fields on Bridge Avenue.
Boating continues to be a major recreational
activity. There are twelve points of access by the
public to water locations.
There are three river beaches, two boat ramps,
and several points where a boat can be carried to
the water. Fishing is permitted in many areas.
The Business Association
of Point Pleasant sponsors three community activities:
Summerfest in June, a Halloween Parade, and a Christmas
Walk of Bridge Avenue businesses.
In the summer the town sponsors free concerts
in the Community Grove adjacent to the Town Hall
and a new Cultural Affairs Committee has been established
and is actively pursuing plans for increased arts
and entertainment opportunities in the borough.
There are four schools
in town: Nellie Bennett and Ocean Road are elementary
schools, Memorial Middle
School and Point Pleasant High School complete
facilities. The population is 97.8% white
(according to the 2000 Census) consisting mainly
of families in single family dwellings.
Pleasant is served by a number of local newspapers:
the Asbury Park Press and the Ocean County Observer
are daily papers. The Ocean Star and Point Pleasant
Reporter are weekly and the Brick Communicator is
Comcast of Ocean County serves this area
with cable. WOBM ( 92.7 FM) is the radio station
that covers all of Ocean County.