The Boardwalk Mall really is a joke, hopefully something better can come of that but apparently not with it's current ownership.
The things in the ocean are actually Cownose Rays, harmless as well. They usually win in small groups and will brush right past you.
Did you have to do a screen grab of your trip report to post it Beach Cow? If so, that goes along with what I posted about the finicky forum.
I don't think the locals are being excluded from jobs on the island. I see many Jersey kids working for the Morey's. The fact is there are not enough locals to fill all the jobs needed for the summer. Believe me, the shops would love to have local kids since they would be able to work weekends into the winter.
Yes, posting a screen capture was the only way i managed to get this posted. And this was after a couple of days of messing around with it.
There is an overwhelming presence of European students in the Wildwood area filling Summer jobs. I just don't see this at other boardwalks in NJ or MD either.