City Controller finds rising vacation costs Down the Shore

    Looking forward to your Shore vacation? You might not be when you check out Philadelphia City Controller Alan Butkovitz’s economic report on vacation rates.

    Prices Down the Shore are going up, up, up, including the gas it takes to get you there.


    Here are some highlights from the report, which you can read in full here:

    Gas is up about 25 percent, and the roundtrip fuel cost for the average compact car is going to run you about $4 to $5 more than it did four years ago.
    Restaurant bills are going up, and you could pay as much as 13 percent more at your favorite Shore eatery.
    Some charter fishing trips along the southern shore have seen a total average price increase of 16 percent.

    Alas, there is some good news. The average room rate for a stay in Cape May, Ocean City or Wildwood has only gone up about 7 percent — far less than the double-digit increase other industries are experiencing.

    Still, the higher costs might mean one less fudgy-wudgy bar on the beach.

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