AtTheShore (see posting Potpourri-4, 4/29/2015) has become my go-to site when I have a few moments to kill or I have given up on TV. It now has 46 live cams in Ocean City, NJ, 8 in Sea Isle City, 3 in Avalon, 3 in Cape May, 3 in Margate, 3 in Atlantic City, 3 on Long Beach Island, 4 in Stone Harbor, and one on Diamond Beach (south of Wildwood Crest). All can be enlarged to fill your screen.  Any beach person is sure to find something to watch. My favorites are two at 9th Street on the Ocean City boardwalk, one facing north, the other south, and during the day I chose whichever one is facing away from the sun. Both are close to the walkers, so it is like people-watching from a bench, just what we geezers love to do.

Each camera is numbered, but the site is still a work-in-progress and is constantly being tweaked, so any number I tell you could be different when you see it. You cannot bookmark a specific camera. A bookmark only takes you to the site which opens with their choice of cameras, and you have to pick the one you want. This is not a bad thing. It forces you to explore other camera views. One very pretty one is on a fishing pier that should become more interesting as the season progresses and more fishermen come out.

Fast movement, such as passing cyclists, is a little choppy, but you can pause it to see clearly if that is really an old classmate approaching. Pausing, however, does not stop time, and when you resume, even quickly, everyone you were watching has past by. It seems at times of high viewer load the video occasionally breaks up, but this is rare and they will probably increase bandwidth as the season progresses.

I assume they are trying to find sponsors for each of their cameras. They have a few (such as Bob’s Grill), but, of course, they need to get the cameras up and running before they can sell them to sponsors. They must be operating on a shoestring now, but they have a good idea and the future looks bright. They are off to a running start.  If I was The Profit (CNBC), I would invest in them.

About Roger Walck

My reasons for writing this blog are spelled out in the posting of 10/1/2012, Montaigne's Essays. They are probably not what you think.
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