Mayor Jimmy Davis announced that the County of Hudson will sponsor a boat trip for senior citizens on Wednesday, July 27, courtesy of Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise, Freeholder Kenneth Kopacz of Bayonne, and the other members of the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
Limited numbers of tickets are available for the excursion in each Hudson County municipality. The Bayonne Division of Recreation will hold a lottery to distribute tickets to Bayonne senior residents for the event. Any Bayonne senior citizen, age 60 or over, interested in entering the lottery for the excursion may do so on the following weekdays, between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., at the Bayonne Recreation Division at City Hall, Room 13: Monday, July 11; Tuesday, July 12; Wednesday, July 13; Thursday, July 14; and Friday, July 15. The rules allow only one entry per household. Proof of age and Bayonne residency must be presented at the time of lottery registration. There will be a lottery drawing at the Recreation Division at City Hall, on Wednesday, July 20. Winners will be notified by telephone. Each of the winners will receive two tickets. Everyone using a ticket must be at least 60 years old and a resident of Bayonne. The Recreation Division asks anyone with a ticket who is unable to participate in the cruise to call 201-858-6127, so that someone else would be able to go instead. The Recreation Division will maintain a waiting list from the lottery.
Buses will be provided to transport excursion participants to the dock at Lincoln Harbor in Weehawken. The buses will leave from the parking lot of Ahern Veterans Memorial Stadium, which is located at Newark Bay, between 25th Street and 27th Street. The stadium stands behind the southern rear corner of Bayonne High School. Parking will be available in and around the stadium parking lot. The buses will leave that parking lot for Weehawken at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 27. Once the passengers get to Weehawken, the walk from the non-air-conditioned buses to the boat will take 15 to 30 minutes.
The pier that was used previously to board the Spirit cruise ship is being repaired. The pier used currently by Spirit cruise passengers is open and uncovered. It does not have a roof. The walk to the ship will be just as long, and possibly much more difficult, without the protection of a roof. Please keep this in mind, because the walk will be more challenging than in past years.
The cruise will last approximately two hours after it departs from Weehawken. Buses will transport seniors back to Bayonne after the cruise. The seniors should be back in Bayonne by 3:00 p.m.
Passengers are not allowed to bring food or beverages with them. Food, drinks, and musical entertainment will be provided on board the boat.
For information, please call 201-858-6127.