These two photos from the “Terry Groffie Collection” give a different visual perspective of the Seaside Court Motel. In the first photo taken along Ocean Terrace facing north, you can see the second story addition to the motel, the El Conquistidor Condominiums (background), and the Wine Cellar Bar (right). The second photo shows the demolition work being performed, I think, sometime in 1994.
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Here’s another recent collectibles show find. The Seaside Court Motel was located on the ocean front at the corner of Sampson Avenue and Ocean Terrace. The motel contained 2-3 room efficiency apartments with hot water showers! The El Conquistidor Condominium complex was built behind the motel (on Hiering Avenue). Later in the motel’s history a second story was added to both wings, but the motel was eventually torn down.
65 Hiering Avenue. Check out the VW Beetle in the parking lot in the second postcard. For the motel’s website click here.
This postcard shows the Seaport Motel in 1979. The motel was built and operated in its early years by local contractor and former borough councilman Anthony Raniero. The motel is still in business today on Carteret Ave. at E. Central Ave. Click here for the motel’s website and some modern photographs.
The Hershey family has been deeply involved in many aspects of Seaside Heights life for over 80 years. Paul K. Hershey was a school teacher and principal (1920s to late 1960s) and was a volunteer fireman. He was also the proprietor of Hershey’s Cabins and Sea Food on the Boulevard at Carteret Avenue. Son, P. Kenneth Hershey, took over the family business and operated the Hershey Motel with his wife Patty Hershey until they sold the motel to the McGrath family in the late 1980s. Big Top Arcade on the Boardwalk at Hancock Avenue (soon to reopen as the The Arcade Marketplace) is also a Hershey family operation. Ken followed his father into the Seaside Heights Vol. Fire Company (he joined as a “junior member” as a young boy) and will have served as Seaside Heights mayor for 20 years when his term ends December 31, 2011. Today the Hershey Motel has 115 rooms and occupies the entire block east-west between the Boulevard and Central Ave., and south-north between Carteret Ave. and Sampson Ave. Click here for the Hershey Motel website. One more thing…Ken and Patty’s daughter Cara is the owner of Le Petit Garage Boutique & Company on the Boardwalk and son Erik is a Seaside Heights police officer and volunteer fireman. Seaside Heights runs in the Hershey family’s blood!
Daytime view from the 1970s…
Nighttime view from the 1970s…