Staff shortage may lead to longer wait times at Jersey Shore
Staff shortage is impacting iconic Jersey Shore attraction. There appears to be a shortage of streetcar operators on the Wildwood Parkway.
“We generally have a staff of around 100 people. So we’re always looking to hire between 40 and 50 people, ”says Patrick Rosenello, Executive Director of the Boardwalk Special Improvement District.
Tram operators are generally foreign students. But visa delays have kept many people from coming to the United States. Other former employees still perceive unemployment and have chosen not to return to work.
The staff shortage is also having an impact on other aspects of the Jersey Shore. Aid signs wanted to flood the promenade.
“People don’t come back to us looking for a job. We have run advertisements and we also work with the Chamber of Commerce and job fairs etc. People just don’t come looking for jobs, ”says Joseph Toland, owner of Ole Time Photos.
Business owners say if they can’t hire the staff they need in time for the summer season, they’ll be forced to limit hours. That could mean longer wait times during a summer that’s set to be busier than ever.
“What we ended up doing last year was we had to cut Monday through Thursday. We weren’t providing any daytime tram service and we actually had fewer trams running at night, ”says Rosenello. “Which ends up happening to a lot of people who want to get the streetcar just can’t because we don’t have enough capacity for them.
As the streetcar and many businesses prepare to open on Friday for Mother’s Day weekend, officials hope visitors will be patient.
“I hope people understand this is an employment problem. It is difficult to attract people to these jobs. Even if we increase what we pay, people still aren’t asking for it, ”says Toland.
This summer will mark the 72nd anniversary of streetcars in Wildwood.