The Jolly Roger Motel is 100% family-owned and -operated by the Tenaglia Family who has been in the hospitality business for 2 generations now in Wildwood Crest. In addition, one of the Tenaglia brothers is married to Cindy “Smith” whose family owned and operated the infamous Snuffy’s Restaurant operating in Wildwood Crest for over 50 years. For the Tenaglia brothers, Joseph & Vincent, their parents first bought a rental building in 1973 on Poplar Ave which excited them to move forward in hospitality. Eventually moving from Philadelphia to Wildwood Crest permanently and buying the Viking Motel, followed by the legendary Sands Motel/Resort and the beachfront Summer Sands Motel, and even MT Bottle, a 22,000 square foot bar/club property. The businesses were completely run first-hand and hands on by the family and the hospitality bug was still biting as the family invested in a 20-acre 21 room Inn & Restaurant (Inn At Sawmill Farm & Nonna's Restaurant) in West Dover, Vermont next to Mount Snow, still a strong operation today. To this, the Jolly Roger is proudly added as an iconic addition to this family history in Wildwood Crest, NJ.
The Tenaglia Family is ever-growing and the next generation (the 3rd) is now showing the same excitement and interest in promoting the family business. The Jolly Roger, with a history and a character to revere and respect, holds its own very well. We are strongly investing in its improvements in a season-to-season plan with many improvements already made for the 2014 Summer!!! The Tenaglias are diverse in their backgrounds but similar in their passion for customer service and satisfaction...One having a Business Degree from Widener, another a Marketing degree from Villanova, and finally a third with an Economics degree from Villanova undergrad and a Law Degree from Villanova Law School. With a family history of parents who came from Italy in about 1960 with nothing but a dream in their hearts and hope for a growing successful future in a new country, the understanding to give their guests the best possible experience each and every time is ever present and always respected. It is openly evident from the moment you walk into the front lobby doors!!!!