Well, well, well. We meet again, faithful newsletter readers. The audience team’s newsletter squadron (think Avengers) is transitioning into a new era, and they brought me back to pinch-hit for a day or four. Anyway. Our Shore Guide is ready, and it’s coupled today with a look at whether or not you should go into the water this summer.

The unofficial start of summer is just a week away, but we’ve got what you need to know well ahead of time with our 2019 Ultimate Shore Guide, giving you a town-by-town look at the best of the Shore’s old traditions and new additions.

We look at where to spend your time happily…

…and your money wisely.

Heading to the Shore screen-free? You can pick up a print version of this year’s Shore Guide at store.philly.com. (Print subscribers, yours is already in this morning’s paper.)

Seagulls provide the soundtrack for the a day at the beach at the Jersey Shore, with that familiar laughing “hah-hah-ha” sound.

But the gulls also provide, well, a fowl excrement. And, it’s all that waste from gulls, geese, and other flapping critters that often prove the tipping point whether sunbathers can take a cooling dip, writes Frank Kummer.

What you need to know today

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That’s Interesting

Opinions

Joe Biden Priorities
Nate Beeler, The Columbus Dispatch, OH
Joe Biden Priorities

“This is the fourth year I’ve asked Philadelphians impacted by gun violence — that’s all of us, in case you’re wondering — to come together to put a face on the city’s epidemic, but also to stand shoulder to shoulder and commit to work against the violence and apathy that are constants in this city. (As always, whether we stand or sit on the steps depends on the abilities of whoever shows up.)” - Columnist Helen Ubiñas, who is headed back to the Art Museum to Fill The Steps Against Gun Violence.

What we’re reading

  • After a minor encounter in Center City traffic, Michael Smerconish saw a man explode with a furious anger that he couldn’t control. He was convinced, he wrote in Philadelphia magazine, that only the absence of firearms left them both alive.
  • Atlantic City has a legacy of producing successful minority baseball players. A legacy that is in danger of dying out, the Press of Atlantic City reports.
  • Exit stage left: Iconic, weird and uniquely Philly, the Trocadero will most certainly be missed, writes A.D. Amorosi in Philadelphia Weekly.
Joe Biden, then vice president, sitting at the controls inside Amtrak's "Cities Sprinter" locomotive February 6, 2014. Now that his campaign has announced its headquarters will be in Philadelphia, could he become SEPTA's newest commuter?
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Joe Biden, then vice president, sitting at the controls inside Amtrak's "Cities Sprinter" locomotive February 6, 2014. Now that his campaign has announced its headquarters will be in Philadelphia, could he become SEPTA's newest commuter?

A Daily Dose of | El Advice

Yo, Joe: Now that you have decided to plant your presidential campaign in Philly, you’re going to need some tips for your El commute.