The following is a social media post from a Margate homeowner.
If you look in the Urban dictionary, the term ‘shoobies’ is a regional nickname denoting a tourist to the South Jersey shore. This term originated in the 1920s when tourists, visiting the beaches were easily identified by the shoe-boxes they brought to carry their lunches.
A hundred years later, some, and I stress SOME local residents of Margate, New Jersey refer to anyone who’s not a full-time resident as a Shoobie.
Yes, in the once quaint and welcoming town of Margate, you can own a home, pay taxes, know your neighbors, support local business, restaurants, police, fire and beaches, and still be labeled a derogatory, antiquated and denigrating term ‘shoobie.’
In other towns and hamlets, you would be known as “second home owners” or “summer residents” but in Margate, an ignorant and vocal few are elated to shout from the rooftops “It’s September. Go home Shoobies.”
Margate Townies vs Shoobies
These ignorant and vocal few are also adamant that they’re entitled to shoobie tax dollars to support local infrastructure year-round.
However, if, “off-season” as in a time of emergency like Covid, a shoobie dares to unlock the door of their property and venture to the supermarket, they’re branded interlopers.
Post-it notes left on cars with out-of-state plates telling driver to go back to where you came from.Margate Homeowner
These ignorant and vocal few are not the majority of the year-round Margate population. They are not all the local residents. They are what is defined in the same dictionary where you find the word “shoobies” as “townies.”
‘Townies’ are ignorant and vocal few of any town, who give it a bad name.
They (Townies) are small-minded, ill-educated (even with Master’s and Doctorates and law degrees) and have limited knowledge of anything past high school or the frat house where they peaked.
These hypocrites will take tourist money from Memorial Day to Labor Day and then tell them to get out of their town. They give Margate a bad name.
I write this because love and appreciate Margate and my neighbors. I love the restaurants that stayed open during the pandemic, the Wawa and Dino’s that made sure they were stocked for the extra residents through last spring.
I love Casels and CVS and all of the places that made sure people were fed and had toilet paper. I love my neighbors who always check in to see if everything is ok and I don’t want them to be confused with the others…the name calling, small-minded who taint Margate with their limited views and sad lives.
We are in the middle of a very difficult time. Things like Covid and Hurricanes and God knows what else are all going to challenge us more and more as time goes on.
Imagine if we weren’t ‘locals’ or ‘townies’ or ‘shoobies‘, but just neighbors who came together.
That’s the Margate I want to live in, whether for a day, a season, or all year.
BSP: thanks so much for sharing that post. Covid brought out the worst in full time Margate residents. We pay same taxes too as full time residents and are called names really? We also eat and shop off months to help keep stores afloat during the off months. I grew up summers my entire childhood in Ventnor and Margate as an adult. I just wish people during this awful time for businesses would just take a deep breath and realize how hurtful they are to people like us that are not full-time and get rid of the obnoxious name calling
Cnochur O’Grádá: Our Shoo…um, 2nd homeowners are still under the impression that they’re some kind of boon to the town. That needs correcting.