A South Jersey lawmaker wants to help promote Delaware Bayshore tourism with signs that would help visitors find it.

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Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak (D-Cape May Court House) said wildlife, history, and educational opportunities abound in such places as Cohansey and Fortescue, along the southwestern coast of New Jersey in Cumberland and Cape May counties.

"The Bayshore community is a tucked-back little area," he said. "It really is a hidden gem."

Included in the area are the schooner A.J. Meerwald, and the Delaware Bay Museum and Folklife Center. The Meerwald was designated as New Jersey's Official Tall Ship by Gov. Christie Whitman back in 1998. In addition, the area is known for its wetlands and diverse wildlife, including over 300 species of birds.

But Andrzejczak said there aren't enough signs to guide visitors, so he's sponsoring legislation to direct the state Department of Transportation to include the Bayshore in its Tourist Oriented Directional Sign Program.

"We're trying to build it back up and return it to its glory days," he said.

Andrzejczak is one of the area's biggest supporters.

"With plenty of natural beauty, recreational attractions and dining spots serving fresh seafood, it is a haven for visitors who are seeking a more rustic Jersey Shore experience," he said.

The assemblyman said the signage would help introduce tourists to the "other shore."