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News & Upcoming Local Events

Calendar is subject to change. Events are current at the time of posting; please visit their corresponding websites for the most up-to-date information, changes or cancellations.

 

  EVENTS & LOCAL INFO: News

NOTICE: Due to rapidly changing schedules due to health concerns over COVID-19, our full events calendar has been temporarily removed.  Please visit some local sites for up to date information:

Local Responses to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
 

Officials are taking preventative measures to be utilized with respect to the expanding outbreak; dates and events are scheduled to change throughout this event. Please visit their websites for up to date information, trash schedules & more:

Avalon | Stone Harbor | Cape May County


Help Keep Our Beaches Clean! Register for Clean Ocean Action's Fall Beach Sweep

This October 24th event will adhere to all state, municipal and CDC guidelines. All participants will be required to pre-register, which will allow COA to contact them directly to update them of any changes or cancellations, and to control the number of participants at each location. Volunteers will be required to sign a waiver and agree to adhere to safety guidelines, which will include social distancing and required mask use when social distancing is not possible.

Help Keep Our Beaches Clean! Register for Clean Ocean Action's Fall Beach Sweep
 
Avalon Fall Dune Grass Planting

Volunteers are needed to help plant dune grass on Saturday, October 24th. Everyone is welcome to participate in this important project. Volunteers should report outside of Avalon Community Hall at 8:30am, please wear a mask.

Avalon Fall Dune Grass Planting
 
Stone Harbor Farmer's Market

The Stone Harbor Farmers Market has been extended through October! Make sure you stop by Sundays for your favorite local products!

Stone Harbor Farmers Market
 
Halloween Events

Happy Halloween! Have you picked out your costume? Because there are a ton of fun, Halloween events this season! As Halloween approaches, there will be more information, but here are some events to add to your calendar.
 
Stone Harbor and Avalon Trick or Treaters: Find out the trick-or-treating route and the participating houses by picking up a map outside the 82nd Street Recreation Building, in the clear brochure holder, after 12 p.m. on October 30.
   
Stone Harbor and Avalon Property Owners: Register your house to our trick-or-treating route by Monday, October 26. The Stone Harbor Recreation staff will deliver wooden pumpkins for you by or on 10/30, to display on your lawn so the children know you're on the route.

7 Mile Island  |  Stone Harbor Business District  |  Trick-Or-Treating Around the County  |  Local Halloween Events
 
Avalon Holiday House Decorating Contest

Help decorate the town and spread holiday cheer! Participation is open to all Avalon homes. Entry application period is November 1st - December 2nd.

Avalon Holiday House Decorating Contest
   
Save the Date!

Thanksgiving Weekend has become Avalon's favorite family tradition and this year more than ever we could all use some extra holiday cheer. With the current restrictions in place, town organizations have been working to offer fun, socially-distanced activities throughout the weekend! Look forward to music and entertainment, interactive activities for families and several other special surprises! Stay tuned and be sure to visit their website for an update on activities and events.

Thanksgiving Weekend in Avalon
 
Dining on 7 Mile Island

Check out a list of some of the great places to dine, get takeout or delivery, and support our local businesses!

7 Mile Island Restaurants Open for Outdoor Dining, Takeout and Delivery
 
Virtual Library Programs

Have you caught an Online Story Time or registered for a Book Club yet? The Avalon Free Public Library is currently offering free virtual programs. Registration is required; some sessions may be limited.

Avalon Free Public Library

Additional Library Resources

Don't forget that many public libraries offer a variety of resources to allow you access to ebooks, audiobooks, movies, TV shows, newspapers and more, all available online 24/7 and completely free. Check out Avalon's offerings below, or visit your local library's website for more information!

Avalon Free Public Library

The Wetlands Institute

The Wetlands Institute will be open daily from 9:30-4:30! They worked hard to put procedures in place to keep both visitors and staff safe & healthy, and are ready to welcome you back!

The Wetlands Institute
 
Cape May County Zoo

The zoo is open every day from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Safety measures are being put in place and the capacity of the zoo will be watched closely to ensure it doesn’t get overcrowded with guests.

Cape May County Zoo

13 Ways To Do The Shore

Are you spending time down the shore but not sure how to fill your free time? Here a few things you can do in Cape May County to have fun and get out of the house:

13 Ways To Do The Shore
  
Support Local Businesses

In these challenging times our local business partners are in need of your support. These local business owners are members of our community, employers of our neighbors, and providers of an amazing array of food and services that keep our community diverse and vibrant. Check out the list of local businesses that are open during the restrictions:

Seven Mile Island  |  Cape May County

Event Cancellations & Postponements:  Cape May County Herald
 
Recreation Information:  Avalon   |   Stone Harbor
 
Borough/Town Websites:  Avalon   |   Stone Harbor
      
Chambers of Commerce:  Avalon   |   Stone Harbor

 

  NEWS: Events

Reconstruction of 69th Street, Sunrise Drive, 7th Avenue

A preconstruction meeting was held last week regarding Borough Contract M-120/Reconstruction of Various Streets. The project includes a portion of 69th Street between Ocean Drive and Dune Drive; Sunrise Drive; and 7th Avenue. The contractor for the project will be Asphalt Paving Systems of Hammonton, NJ. The contract has been authorized by Borough Council.

Notice: Reconstruction of 69th Street, Sunrise Drive, 7th Avenue
 
5G Plan Nears Completion

Avalon and Stone Harbor are developing complementary plans for implementing 5G cellular data systems across Seven Mile Island. Using the same consultant, V-Comm, the neighboring towns are seeking to have ordinances in place before the state passes legislation giving carriers significant discretion in how to implement small cell networks in municipal right of ways. An ordinance already in place is likely to be grandfathered in the legislation, providing both boroughs with more control over issues of aesthetics, location, and safety, as carriers place small cell antennae throughout the island.

5G Plan Nears Completion
 
Avalon Eases Cellular Congestion

Avalon Borough Council awarded a contract to a Verizon company for placement of a limited-range, small, cellular antenna system on the Dune Drive Municipal Tower. The new antenna system promises to relieve some of the cellular data congestion in the business district, while also netting the borough over $1,000 a month in additional revenue. The move comes as Avalon is developing plans to implement fifth-generation cellular technology, which will depend less on fourth-generation centralized antennae on high towers and more on a wide distribution of small cell systems with limited but greatly enhanced broadcast range.

Avalon Eases Cellular Congestion in Business District

Stone Harbor's Real Estate Market Soars

One month ago, Stone Harbor Tax Assessor Margaret Slavin said the real estate market, in the borough, was "crazy." Two years after a borough-wide reevaluation, the residential home market was soaring in the middle of a once-in-a-century pandemic. On October 6th, Slavin returned for her monthly report to the borough's governing body. She reported dealing with 37 deeds last month. "In a busy month before this, we might handle 20 deeds," she added. She indicated that she had 40 deeds to download for October. "This is not going to change anytime soon," she added.

Stone Harbor's Real Estate Market Soars

Learn More About Ørsted's Ocean Wind Project Via Virtual Open House Events In October

This is your opportunity to learn directly from subject matter experts about environmental, economic and technical aspects of the project and offshore wind in the region. Dates for the Virtual Open Houses are October 20th, October 21st, and October 24th. Registration is required to attend.

Learn More About Ørsted's Ocean Wind Project Via Virtual Open House Events In October
 
Stone Harbor to Add Paid Firefighters

Since 1912, the Stone Harbor Volunteer Fire Company has been protecting residents, as the borough's fire service agency. In recent years, the organization had difficulty maintaining sufficient personnel levels for all shifts due to "individuals not being able to afford to reside in the borough." This statement was part of the ordinance introduced at a recent Stone Harbor Borough Council meeting. That ordinance would allow the creation of paid firefighter positions to "supplement the volunteer squad." The ordinance doesn't specify the number of such positions. The second reading and public hearing of the ordinance should occur at the Nov. 3 council meeting.

Stone Harbor to Add Paid Firefighters
 
Avalon Police Chief, Captain Complete Command and Leadership Training Academy

Avalon Police Chief Jeffrey Christopher and Avalon Police Captain John Roscoe have both completed New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) Command and Leadership Academy, an intensive program that fosters and improves leadership skills among police supervisors in the State of New Jersey. Captain Roscoe graduated his class as valedictorian with the highest overall average in his class, 97.4 percent, earning Captain Roscoe the Chief Harry Wilde Award for Highest Academic Score. Chief Christopher was the first member of the Avalon Police Department ever to complete the training in 2019. Avalon Police Det. Sergeant Matthew Sykes is currently attending the Academy. The Avalon Police Department has achieved three consecutive accreditations from the NJSACOP. During its most recent accreditation, the Department achieved a perfect score of 100 percent.

Avalon Police Chief, Captain Complete Command and Leadership Training Academy
 
Bald Eagle Exhibit Reopens At The Cape May County Zoo

As part of the continued efforts to update animal habitats and exceed all current animal care standards, the Cape May County Zoo is excited to announce the re-opening of the Bald Eagle exhibit. The habitat has been expanded and redesigned to mimic a flight pen. The new exhibit is 80 feet long and 20 feet high and will allow the Eagle space to stretch his wings and take flight.

Bald Eagle Exhibit Reopens At The Cape May County Zoo

Help Keep Our Beaches Clean! Register for Clean Ocean Action's Fall Beach Sweep

This event will adhere to all state, municipal and CDC guidelines. All participants will be required to pre-register, which will allow COA to contact them directly to update them of any changes or cancellations, and to control the number of participants at each location. Volunteers will be required to sign a waiver and agree to adhere to safety guidelines, which will include social distancing and required mask use when social distancing is not possible.

Help Keep Our Beaches Clean! Register for Clean Ocean Action's Fall Beach Sweep
 
Avalon Fall Dune Grass Planting

Volunteers are needed to help plant dune grass on Saturday, October 24th. Everyone is welcome to participate in this important project. Volunteers should report outside of Avalon Community Hall at 8:30am, please wear a mask.

Avalon Fall Dune Grass Planting
 
Fire Hydrant Flushing Begins October 13th

The Stone Harbor Water and Sewer Department would like to remind Stone Harbor residents that fire hydrant flushing will commence on October 13th and continue throughout the week.

Fire Hydrant Flushing Begins October 13th

Native Vegetation Returns to Avalon Dunes

The Avalon dune system is experiencing tremendous growth in native vegetation courtesy of the Borough's successful Dune Vegetation Management Plan and its use of a state grant to thin out dead and stressed invasive Japanese Black Pine trees that have proliferated part of the dune system. These programs have resulted in beach paths between 44th through 50th streets experiencing recovery by native vegetation that provides ecological diversity and integrity of the dunes.

Native Vegetation Returns to Avalon Dunes After Removal of Black Pines

County Maintains Strong Bond Rating

There has been a tangible increase in property demand in Cape May County. Moody's Investors Service has maintained the county's Aa1 rating on the county and specifically mentioned the spike in demand for shore property as a long-term positive. This is one of the reasons Moody's maintained the county's positive bond rating, which allows the government to borrow money at extremely low rates, while also making the county's debt attractive to investors, which allows the freeholder board to implement its capital plan. The capital plan includes the important road and bridge infrastructure projects, the reimagining at County Commons, and on-going projects at the Cape May Airport.

County Maintains Strong Bond Rating
 
Avalon Borough Hall to Undergo Roof Replacement

Avalon Borough Hall will experience a total roof replacement this fall. The Avalon Borough Council has awarded a contract to D. A. Nolt of Berlin, New Jersey to replace the aging roof on Borough Hall that has experienced some leaks and other minor failures. The project is expected to begin in early October. The contractor has 105 days from the Notice to Proceed to finish the project. It is anticipated that the roof replacement will be completed before winter.

Avalon Borough Hall to Undergo Roof Replacement
 
Pandemic's Legacy May Include Outdoor Dining

Restaurants were forced outside by the pandemic. The experience is one many don't want to give up. Avalon Borough Council recently heard plans to alter existing ordinances, allowing for more outside dining, even in a post-pandemic world. Outdoor dining, this year, based on exceptions to state and local laws, was the product of a rushed process this spring when restaurants were forced to close for everything except takeout. Avalon is reviewing that process to have a well-thought-out plan for summer 2021. An effort is underway to draft ordinance changes that would allow this year's best practices to proceed, while correcting for inevitable shortcomings in policies established quickly last spring. Much will depend on what the state Alcohol and Beverage Commission's (ABC) does when it is not relying on a declared health emergency as justification for temporary rules.

Pandemic's Legacy May Include Outdoor Dining
 
Avalon Firefighters to Get More Space

A 6,400-square-foot addition is being planned for the Avalon firehouse. The plans for a two-story addition to the facility include expanded footage for equipment, new staff quarters, on the second floor, and significant renovation of the current space. Driving the effort is the volunteer fire department's expanded role since the firehouse was built, new responsibilities that bring with them the need for new equipment, and added space to house it. The need for more square footage for water rescue equipment was of particular note in a recent presentation to Avalon Borough Council. The new construction and renovations will also provide the borough an opportunity to elevate portions of the structure to comply with more recent floodplain requirements.

Avalon Firefighters to Get More Space
 
Intracoastal Waterway Dredging Commences to Restore Lost Marsh Habitat


The Army Corps' contractor Barnegat Bay Dredging Company is conducting dredging in the federal channel of the New Jersey Intracoastal Waterway between markers 386 to 397 (west of Stone Harbor and Avalon). Gull Island and Sturgeon Island, are low lying marsh islands being restored to replace lost marsh habitat for wading birds and enhance march resilience for coastal communities. Work is estimated to continue through late October.

Intracoastal Waterway Dredging Commences to Restore Lost Marsh Habitat on Gull Island and Sturgeon Island
 
Deadline for Census Self-Reporting

As the deadline to respond to the 2020 Census fast approaches, Cape May County residents and second homeowners are urged to go online, to call, or to complete the form sent to them by the US Census Bureau. The deadline for this opportunity to participate as a self-response provider is September 30. Census forms and invitations to complete the 2020 Census were mailed to every household in March; follow-up forms were sent in August.

Deadline for Census Self-Reporting is September 30, 2020

Avalon Free Public Library Announces Virtual Programming in October

The Avalon Free Public Library and the Avalon History Center remain open with limited services, and continue with virtual programming through October via video conferencing and digital links. Visits to both facilities will be limited to 20 minutes, masks are required to enter and there will be a limited occupancy to support social distancing. In addition to browsing for materials, patrons will also have access to public computers, scan/fax and copier service for sessions limited to 15 minutes.

Avalon Free Public Library Announces Virtual Programming in October
 
Reimagining Remote Learning

On September 17, The Wetlands Institute kicked off the 2020-2021 season of its Nature Education for Homeschool Students and Teachers (NEHST) program. For nearly two decades, The Wetlands Institute has provided homeschoolers with engaging learning experiences that immerse them in science and nature, and encourage exploration and discovery. Last year, the Institute restructured the NEHST program, expanding the curriculum into three semesters -- Autumn, Winter, and Spring. Each semester includes three monthly lessons that build upon the semester's theme, and each monthly lesson includes classroom instruction, outdoor activities, scientific experiments and exploration, and related at-home extension activities that are ideal for getting the whole family involved in a world of discovery.

The Wetlands Institute

Important Safety Message For Homes That Have Golf Carts/Low Speed Vehicles

Under the right conditions and while charging the batteries of the LSV (Low Speed Vehicle), potentially dangerous levels of hydrogen gas can be released in the charging process. In order to prevent injury and/or property damage, the Avalon Volunteer Fire Department has put together a list of recommended precautions.

Important Safety Message For Homes That Have Golf Carts/Low Speed Vehicles
 
Off Season Residential Property Check Available to Homeowners

The Stone Harbor Police Department wants to ensure that all homeowners are aware that off season residential property checks are available. Since the Borough of Stone Harbor is a seasonal resort the Police Department can routinely inspect the exterior of your property to make sure that it is secure. This is a "Free" service that the department offers to property owners. Any homeowner interested in participating needs to complete an application form.

Off Season Residential Property Check
 
Stone Harbor Winter Trash Schedule

Stone Harbor residents and homeowners should take note that the "Winter Trash Schedule" begins the week of September 20th. This means that both trash and recycling are collected once per week. Not every house is checked at this time of year. If you are normally not here at this time of year, or just down for a weekend visit, please call the department of Public Works at 609-368-7311 to be placed on the collection schedule.

Stone Harbor Winter Trash Schedule
 
Fifteen-Year Bridge Plan

The County of Cape May, in partnership with the Cape May County Bridge Commission, has embarked on a comprehensive fifteen-year plan for the replacement, rehabilitation, and improvement of County-controlled bridges. The Board of Chosen Freeholders unanimously adopted the plan at their recent meeting, an action that officially marks the County's commitment to the endeavor and begins the implementation process.

The Cape May County Bridge Commission Embarks On A Fifteen-Year Bridge Plan

Stone Harbor Home Values Continue to Rise

Stone Harbor Tax Assessor Margaret Slavin used the September 1st Stone Harbor Borough Council meeting to keep the governing body aware of a continued surge in property values. Slavin pointed to one 60s, split-level, bay-side home that sold for $2.9 million, in November 2017; $3.2 million, in May 2019; and is now on the market for $4.5 million. The borough recently conducted a municipality-wide reevaluation for the 2018 tax year. Slavin noted that the assessed value to market ratio for 2020, just two years after the completion of the revaluation, was at 94.9%, showing continued market appreciation.

Stone Harbor Home Values Continue to Rise
 
Night Closures Scheduled for 96th Street Bridge in September

The 96th Street Bridge along Stone Harbor Boulevard leading into the Borough of Stone Harbor will be undergoing the completion of emergency repairs to the bascule span (movable span) during nighttime hours between 8:00pm to 6:00am on September 8th -10th and possibly September 14th -17th. The work involves painting steel members that were replaced earlier in the summer and the installation of additional bolts to replace deteriorated rivets. Ideally the work will be completed in its entirely the week of September 8th however there is the possibility that work will continue into the week of September 14th. The completion of these repairs will mark the end of anticipated bridge closures.

Night Closures Scheduled for 96th Street Bridge in September
 
Reconstruction of Ingram's Thorofare Bridge

The County of Cape May will be resuming reconstruction in mid-September of the existing bridge deck and miscellaneous structural repairs to the Ingram's Thorofare Bridge located along Avalon Boulevard. The proposed work will be the second stage the contract work which includes the rehabilitation of the existing deteriorated concrete deck, structural steel, and pre-stressed concrete beam repairs, beam jacking and bearing replacement at piers 9 and 13, and replacement of the existing beam guide rail approaches with a new guide rail. Last winter and spring, the first stage of this work progressed and included the re-decking of the eastbound lane.

Reconstruction of Ingram's Thorofare Bridge Expected to Begin Week of September 14th

Indoor Dining, Movie Theaters to Return

Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 183, which establishes rules for the resumption of indoor dining on Friday, September 4 at 6:00 a.m., provided businesses comply with the health and safety standards issued by the Department of Health. The Governor's Executive Order also contains requirements for movie theaters and other indoor entertainment businesses, where the number of patrons for a performance will be limited to 25 percent capacity, up to a maximum of 150 people. The Governor's Order also increases the limits for indoor gatherings that are religious services or celebrations, political activities, wedding ceremonies, funerals, or memorial services to 25 percent capacity with a maximum of 150 people, an increase from the current limit of 25 percent capacity with a maximum of 100 people. Other indoor gatherings, including house parties, remain at the limit of 25 percent capacity with a maximum of 25 people.

Indoor Dining, Movie Theaters to Resume

Invitation: Cape May County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan Meeting September 10th

Hear about how Cape May County is updating their hazard mitigation plan and learn how the they are working towards a more resilient County. The meeting will be held virtually.

Invitation: Cape May County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan Meeting September 10th

Avalon to Establish Environmental Trust Fund

Avalon Borough Council recently passed an ordinance to create a non-lapsing Environmental Trust Fund. The fund's purpose is to house money from builders and developers who may be obligated by the state environmental permitting process to provide an economic benefit to the borough. Currently, these types of funds must be used within the boundary of a given fiscal year. The purpose of the new fund would be to allow such contributions to accumulate for use on appropriate projects regardless of the budget year. The ordinance specifies the mechanism for what money is acceptable, how it is managed, and for what projects it is used. Control over the fund rests with the council.

Avalon Environmental Trust Fund

Stone Harbor Explores Court Consolidation
 
Stone Harbor Business Administrator Robert Smith requested, and received, the assignment to devise a plan for the potential consolidation of Stone Harbor and Avalon's municipal courts. The two courts have some shared service arrangements in place, but they are distinct from each other, and are located in each borough, respectively.

Stone Harbor Explores Court Consolidation
 
Cape May County Hazard Mitigation Plan
 
The Cape May County Office of Emergency Management is leading the update of the countywide HMP. This plan is an opportunity to detail a variety of potential hazards that could affect some or all of our residents and will also allow the county and participating jurisdictions to be eligible for future mitigation funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The goal of the plan is to identify projects that can reduce damages from future natural hazards. The plan will include a risk assessment and a hazard mitigation strategy. The primary hazards of concern in Cape May County include: Climate Change and Sea Level Rise, Coastal Erosion, Disease Outbreak, Drought, Flood, Hurricane/Tropical Storm, Nor'Easter, Severe Storm, Severe Winter Storm, Tsunami, and Wildfire. The study will focus on existing buildings and potential future development, infrastructure, and critical facilities that might be impacted. Critical facilities include but are not limited to municipal buildings and infrastructure such as power-generation facilities, water utilities, roadways, railroads and communication systems.

Cape May Co. Hazard Mitigation Plan (PDF)

Stone Harbor Promotes Water Conservation As Usage Levels Rise


July water consumption in Stone Harbor came close to exceeding the NJDEP allocation level. Exceeding this allocation may result in costly fines imposed by the State. To remedy this situation, the Borough has implemented an education program to encourage water conservation. There are many simple, individual conservation methods that can help slow the rate of water usage overall. One of the simplest methods of conservation with a significant impact is monitoring the use of water in landscapes and gardens. In 2013, watering restrictions were established (Ordinance #1429) and an irrigation schedule was put into effect. Homeowners in Stone Harbor should be aware that the Borough is taking measures to strictly monitor irrigation usage to ensure compliance with these watering restrictions. Homeowners are reminded that non-compliance will result in a summons and fine. Homeowners should also consider using sustainable landscaping and gardening methods as it will protect the environment and property values.

Stone Harbor Promotes Water Conservation As Usage Levels Rise
 
Avalon to Replace Aging Water Meters

Avalon Borough Council recently discussed a project to replace all of the water meters in the borough. With $2.5 million allocated in the borough budget for the project, the municipality will begin with an analysis of two options. Presently, the town’s water supplier, Middlesex Water, assigns personnel to physically read each meter, a task that can take as much as five to seven days. The new meters would broadcast the data periodically to a passing truck with the appropriate computer equipment, or an antenna located on the water tower. The use of the water tower would allow the data to be continuously updated and available via a smartphone app to the property owners.

Avalon to Replace Aging Water Meters
 
Notice of Remote Access to Avalon Borough Council Meetings

The Borough Council of the Borough of Avalon will be holding all regularly scheduled Work Sessions and Regular Meetings in the Meeting Room within Borough Hall, located at 3100 Dune Drive, Avalon, NJ 08202 from this point forward, unless otherwise advertised. In attempt to contain COVID-19/coronavirus, certain special requirements and procedures will be followed during each and all of said meetings by Borough Council.

Notice of Remote Access to Avalon Borough Council Meetings
 
Ice Cream Portraits

Who's in Stone Harbor having fun and eating ice cream in the Summer of 2020? If you are, The Stone Harbor Museum wants to put you on their website! You will be entered into a drawing to win a tasty, cold treat from their sponsor, Springer's Homemade Ice Cream!

Stone Harbor Museum - Photo Submission Instructions

Stone Harbor Public Works Department Update

When Stone Harbor Public Works Department Director Grant Russ gave his monthly report to Stone Harbor Borough Council Aug. 4, he noted that the amount of trash and recycling picked up by the borough this year represented an increase over 2019, a one-month increase of 80 tons. "There are a lot of people in town," Russ added. As the council heard a report on the damage Isaias caused, Russ, again, pointed to the crowds of residents at this time in summer. As his crews tried to pick up debris, they had to abandon the effort because "when the storm passed, residents came out and we had a lot of people on the streets," he said. In Stone Harbor, the pandemic doesn't appear to have reduced the number of second homeowners and visitors who have traveled to the borough. Every measure of activity related to public service functions suggest the population of the town swelled earlier than usual and has maintained itself more continuously this year than most. The impact on the borough's experience of the pandemic appears to have been minimal. The beaches are crowded but spread out, with extra lifeguard stands to aid distancing.

Activity Measures Indicate Second Homeowners Came Early, Stayed in Stone Harbor

New Jersey School Reopening Guidelines

Information was provided to the Borough of Avalon courtesy of the Cape May County Department of Health on Tuesday, August 11th, 2020 regarding reopening NJ schools.

Frequently Asked Questions: New Jersey School Reopening Guidelines

Goodbye Tropical Storm Isaias!

Minor damage was observed throughout the Boroughs, including wires and trees down as well as some wind damaged homes. The storm passed quickly and Seven Mile Island is back open for business. Come down to see us!

Stone Harbor Office of Emergency Management

The Wetlands Institute Osprey Talk

The Ospreys all made it through the storm like champions! The three chicks look great, and are really getting big.

The Wetlands Institute Osprey Camera

Avalon Streamlines Fire Alarm Protocol

After working with leadership at the Avalon Volunteer Fire Department, Avalon Mayor Martin Pagliughi has announced a new streamlined system that will reduce the number of audible fire alarms in the municipality by approximately 70 percent, or more. This new system is embodied in a mayoral executive order that went into effect on Thursday, July 30th, 2020.

Avalon Streamlines Fire Alarm Protocol at Volunteer Fire Department

5th Annual SHPOA Amateur Photo Contest

The competition is open to all Stone Harbor homeowners, guests and visitors. To take part in the contest, submit up to 3 photographs taken while in Stone Harbor in 2020. Examples of pictures include the beaches, ocean, bay, gardens, birds and wildlife, people and local points of interest in Stone Harbor. All photographs must be identified with the photo location, photographer name, address, and phone number. Photographs must be in its true form. Photos that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization will be disqualified. All photographs must be submitted by midnight August 29, 2020.

Stone Harbor Property Owner Association

Weekly Fireworks Returning to Wildwood

The Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement & Development Authority (GWTIDA) announced that the weekly fireworks held in Wildwood would be returning to the city, beginning Aug. 7 at 10 p.m.

Weekly Fireworks Returning to Wildwood

Avalon's 8th Street Jetty Reconstruction Project

The Avalon Borough Council received a report recently from Business Administrator Scott Wahl and Municipal Engineer Tom Thornton regarding the reconstruction of the 8th Street jetty. The jetty was compromised during Winter Storm Jonas with its resiliency performance compromised during the storm. The Borough has received a generous grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to reconstruct the jetty that will result in greater protection for the north end, a deceleration of sand displacement from north end beaches, and of course, a safer recreational fishing experience.

Final Stages of Work on Avalon's 8th Street Jetty Reconstruction Project

Avalon Free Public Library Maintains Virtual Programming for August

The Avalon Free Public Library and the Avalon History Center have reopened with limited services, and continue with virtual programming through August via video conferencing and digital links. Visits to both facilities will be limited to 20 minutes, masks are required to enter and there will be a limited occupancy to support social distancing. In addition to browsing for materials, patrons will also have access to public computers, scan/fax and copier service for sessions limited to 15 minutes.

Avalon Free Public Library Maintains Virtual Programming for August

Weekly COVID-19 Meetings to End, Stone Harbor Mayor Says

For months, the county Health Department held weekly meetings with municipal mayors to brief them on the progress in the battle against the pandemic. At a recent Stone Harbor Council meeting, Mayor Judith Davies-Dunhour said the Tuesday morning meetings would cease, and be held on an as-needed basis going forward. Davies-Dunhour said the Health Department felt the July uptick in cases was showing a downward trend. The mayor said she also noticed more masks being worn and more social distancing being observed by people in the business district.

Weekly COVID-19 Meetings to End
 
The Crafty Chef Academy Drop 'N Chop

Drop the kids off Friday nights and enjoy some alone time! Space is limited to allow for social distancing and a thorough safety protocol is in place! Grab your Chefs' spot today!

The Crafty Chef Academy - Stone Harbor

Avalon Halts $9.5M Drainage Project

Avalon's north end drainage project was set to move to the final design. The estimated $9.5 million effort was intended to relieve serious flooding in the borough's low-lying northern portion, sometimes referred to as the “bowl.” The project included the establishment of a much larger stormwater pump station, at 11th Street, demolition of the existing 22nd Street pump station, a new outfall pipe that would traverse a path under the dunes and push out into the inlet through the Eighth Street jetty, and an enhanced gravity pipe drainage route along Avalon Avenue. Avalon Borough Council recently discussed a proposal from Thomas Thornton, of Mott MacDonald, for the final design on the project. Although the council had several reports on the project since Mayor Martin Pagliughi announced the start of a drainage study for the north end in 2017, the project's price tag was always a hurdle. Early estimates, beginning with a 2018 public presentation, were consistently high. By fall 2019, new recommendations were being developed by the engineering firm, including using one larger pump station at 11th Street and expanding the use of gravity systems. In the end, the redesign didn't accomplish any reduction in the estimated price. At the July 8 meeting, the governing body halted the project.

Avalon Halts $9.5M Drainage Project

The Great Stone Harbor Art & Writing Contest

The Stone Harbor Museum is hosting two contests for young and old alike; an art contest and a writing contest. Let your heart and your creativity guide your hand to create images and memories that will be celebrated this year and archived for the future. Due to overwhelming interest in the contest, the deadline for the Art and Writing Contest has been extended to August 12th, giving you even more time to showcase your talents and love of Stone Harbor!

The Great Stone Harbor Art & Writing Contest
 
Pedestrians Now Welcome on Cape May-Lewes Ferry

Foot passengers are now welcome on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry following a months-long prohibition. The ferry's operator, Delaware River and Bay Authority, enacted a ban on pedestrians in March in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19, while vehicle transit continued. The Delaware River and Bay Authority announced the restart of foot passenger operations on July 15th.

Pedestrians Now Welcome on Cape May-Lewes Ferry
 
Late Evening/Overnight Hours - Avalon's Beaches & Boardwalk


Avalon Mayor Martin Pagliughi has issued municipal executive order 2020-15 that results in the closure of the Avalon beaches from 9:00pm-4:00am daily, and boardwalk from 11:00pm until 4:00am daily. The closure of the beaches and the boardwalk during this time attempts to remove and disperse large groups of minors who are gathering in these locations and violating municipal and state executive orders that require social distancing and the wearing of masks. The order also reinforces Avalon’s current municipal ordinance 9-6.9, amended in 2000, that maintains peaceful gatherings on the municipal beach.

Avalon To Close Beaches, Boardwalk During Late Evening/Overnight Hours
 
5G Rollout Could Bring More Poles to Stone Harbor

During a recent Zoom meeting, Stone Harbor Borough Council set in motion the development of a plan to give the municipality some control over the distribution of 5G cell technology across the borough. The major cell carriers have been moving expeditiously to establish small cell nodes to relieve congestion in their large cell 4G infrastructure and to prepare for a more robust set of offering when 5G technology is fully deployed. 5G is more than just the next generation of cell technology. It promises to revolutionize the speed and capacity of cellular networks. To do this, it requires a very different infrastructure of distributed small cell node equipment on utility polls close to areas of use.

5G Rollout Could Bring More Poles to Stone Harbor
 
Spring 2020 Municipal Oceanfront Beach Survey


The spring 2020 municipal oceanfront beach survey was completed on April 15th and 16th at the eight established sites in Stone Harbor. The Stockton University Coastal Research Center (CRC) completed the first of two scheduled seasonal surveys for 2020. Semi-annual shoreline and sand volume changes were calculated between survey #55 (conducted in October 2019) and survey #56 to determine changes over the 2019 to 2020 winter season and review changes to the Corps project on the Borough beaches.

Spring 2020 Municipal Oceanfront Beach Survey
 
McCorristin Named New President of Avalon Borough Council

John McCorristin is the new President of the Avalon Borough Council. Council held its official reorganization meeting on Monday, July 6th. McCorristin assumes the presidency from Dr. Nancy Hudanich. It is customary for Council to rotate the leadership of the governing body on an annual basis. Barbara Juzaitis was named Vice President of Council. Both McCorristin and Juzaitis were approved with unanimous 4-0 votes, with one abstention during each vote.

McCorristin Named New President of Avalon Borough Council
 
Notice for July, 2020 Meetings - Avalon

The Borough Council of the Borough of Avalon will be holding all regularly scheduled Work Sessions and Regular Meetings in the Meeting Room within Borough Hall, located at 3100 Dune Drive, Avalon, NJ 08202 from this point forward, unless otherwise advertised. Certain special requirements and procedures will be followed during each and all of said meetings by Borough Council, visit the Borough's site to learn more:

Notice for July, 2020 Meetings of the Avalon Borough Council
   
New Jersey Now Requires Masks Outdoors in Many Instances

Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 163, which requires individuals to wear face coverings in outdoor public spaces when it is not practicable to socially distance and keep a six-foot distance from others, excluding immediate family members, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners, except where doing so would inhibit that individual’s health, where the individual is under two years of age, or in situations where individuals cannot feasibly wear a face covering, such as when eating or drinking at outdoor dining areas.

New Jersey Now Requires Masks Outdoors in Many Instances
 
A Taste of July 4th From The Bay Atlantic Symphony

Due to concerns over social distancing and crowds, Avalon's Bay Atlantic Symphony concert and fireworks will not be held this year. However, please see a special message from Symphony Conductor Jed Gaylin who is pleased to introduce to you some patriotic selections from recent Symphony concerts.

A Taste of July 4th From The Bay Atlantic Symphony

Work Continues on Avalon Jetty

Under almost all circumstances, normal practice is that public construction projects are completed before Independence Day, or they are stopped and resumed in the fall. The Eighth Street jetty project will be allowed to extend three weeks into July. Avalon Borough Council agreed to the extension at its June 24th meeting, after Borough Engineer Thomas Thornton described the remaining work as “low intensity” and unlikely to be a great disruption to beachgoers.

Work Continues on Avalon Jetty
 
The Wetlands Institute Reopens

The Wetlands Institute reopened on Wednesday, July 1, and will be open daily from 9:30-4:30! They are working hard to put procedures in place to keep both visitors and staff safe & healthy, and we will be ready to welcome you back!

The Wetlands Institute Reopens
 
Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Temporarily Pausing the Resumption of Indoor Dining

Governor Phil Murphy recently signed Executive Order No. 158, temporarily pausing the resumption of indoor dining, which had been scheduled to resume later this week. The Order also prohibits the consumption of food or beverages and smoking in the indoor premises of any retail, recreational, or entertainment business, including casinos, where masks are strictly required. The Order notes that there is an exception for health and safety, such as an individual briefly removing their mask to drink water. In light of this Order, the Department of Health issued an updated Executive Directive for food and beverage establishments, which will be continue to be restricted to in-person service at outdoor areas only.

Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Temporarily Pausing the Resumption of Indoor Dining
 
Dining on 7 Mile Island

Although indoor dining is postponed, you can still enjoy dining in Avalon and Stone Harbor. Check out a list of some of the great places to dine outdoors, get takeout or delivery, and support our local businesses!

7 Mile Island Restaurants Open for Outdoor Dining, Takeout and Delivery
 
Some Avalon Municipal Buildings Open to Public Monday, July 6th

Some public buildings in Avalon will open to the public Monday, July 6th, according to Mayor Martin Pagliughi. Avalon municipal employees have been working on shifts/remote locations during the pandemic to conduct the essential business for our community. All staff started working inside municipal buildings on Monday, June 29th. Avalon Community Hall will remain closed until further notice. It will be open for the primary election on Tuesday, July 7th. The only access to Avalon Borough Hall will be through the front doors that face Dune Drive. Side entrances/exits will remain closed. For your protection and safety, Avalon public buildings will have a strict “No mask, no entry policy” and social distancing will be in place; please wear a mask for entry into any Avalon municipal buildings.

Some Avalon Municipal Buildings Open to Public Monday, July 6th

Reminder: Plastic Bags Cannot Be Part of Your Recycling Container/Recycling Waste Stream

The Avalon Department of Public Works reminds you that plastic bags cannot be part of the recycling trash stream in Cape May County. This County participates in single stream recycling, where all clean recyclables can go into one container. However, if your container contains plastic bags, it will not be collected by Avalon's trash and recycling contractor.

Reminder: Plastic Bags Cannot Be Part of Your Recycling Container/Recycling Waste Stream

Indoor Dining to Resume July 2nd

The Jersey Shore will receive another economic boost next month. Gov. Phil Murphy announced that indoor dining can resume at 25% capacity July 2nd. The governor stated that health guidelines for both will be released in the coming days. In a separate announcement, Murphy added that the limit on outdoor gatherings will increase to 250 people, effective immediately, and indoor gatherings are limited to 25% of capacity, but can't exceed 100 people.

Indoor Dining to Resume July 2nd
 
Stone Harbor Recreation

Stone Harbor Recreation is happy to announce Youth Sport Clinics and Youth Arts & Crafts will be starting July 6th and run till August 14th! Property owner registration started June 22nd. Non Property owners June 26th.

Stone Harbor Recreation
 
Flood Mitigation Projects Planned

Stone Harbor Borough Council recently discussed major projects that are a part of the big picture response to flooding and rising seas. One effort involved the construction of a stormwater pump station at 93rd Street, which comes with an estimated price tag of $11 million. Another is a set of changes to the borough's lot grading ordinance. If adopted, the ordinance changes would drive private property owners to meet specifications that would facilitate an eventual borough action to raise streets to 6 or 6.5 feet.

Flood Mitigation Projects Planned

Avalon Looks to Further Lower Flood Insurance Costs

Just over one month ago, Avalon property owners could take advantage of a 10% reduction in federal flood insurance premiums. Avalon and Sea Isle City earned coveted level three status in Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Community Rating System. That level earns a 35% discount, up from the 25% property owners previously enjoyed. Avalon jumped from level five to level three in one review cycle, moving into rarified air in the FEMA program. What got them there was a relentless search for ways to improve the borough's resiliency, to keep its property owners as informed as possible on the national flood programs, and to engage in a seemingly never-ending set of projects to mitigate the potential effects of flooding on the barrier island. The borough is setting its sights on moving up again.

Avalon Looks to Further Lower Flood Insurance Costs

Library Porch Pick Up Service

The Avalon Free Public Library offers contactless borrowing via Porch Pick Up. This service allows patrons to borrow library materials without entering the building. Library buildings are still closed to the public but the State of New Jersey is now allowing them to operate curbside service. Pickup times will occur from 10am-6pm Monday through Friday and 10am-1pm on Saturday and Sunday. All pick ups must be scheduled in advance. The last pick up slot each day will be 30 minutes before closing.

Avalon Free Public Library

Countywide Library Curbside Pickup

The Cape May County Library will begin curbside pickups June 29. As outlined in Gov. Phil Murphy's orders, patrons are currently not allowed inside any library building, but curbside pickups are permitted. Contactless pickups will be located near the main entrance of each library branch. Patrons will be required to wear a face mask while picking up items. Staff will begin contacting patrons June 22 to arrange contactless pickup of holds that were filled before the library closed. These items have been located safely on the holds shelves since temporarily closing in March.

Countywide Library Curbside Pickup 

Limits Lifted on Indoor & Outdoor Gatherings, Pools to Open June 22, Additional Outdoor Recreational Businesses to Open

Governor Phil Murphy signed two executive orders: 1) raising limits on outdoor and indoor gatherings; and 2) opening pools effective June 22 and additional outdoor recreational businesses effective immediately. Under Executive Order No. 152, effective immediately, indoor gatherings are limited to 25 percent of the capacity of the room, but regardless of the room's capacity, such limit shall never be less than 10 or more than 50 people. All attendees at the gathering must wear face coverings, unless for a medical reason or if the individual is under 2 years old, individuals must remain six feet apart at all times, and physical items may not be shared by multiple attendees of the same gathering unless sanitized before and after uses.

Limits Lifted on Indoor and Outdoor Gatherings, Pools to Open June 22, and Additional Outdoor Recreational Businesses to Open

Avalon's Activities Rescheduled

At a recent virtual Avalon Borough Council meeting, Business Administrator Scott Wahl announced the reestablishment of some programs that the borough closed before Gov. Phil Murphy increased the number of people who could participate in outside gatherings. Wahl said beach movies would begin again July 7. The borough's sports camps for non-contact sports will start June 22. Tennis and pickleball courts were reopened June 15. Wahl said that the new increased limits for outside gatherings, even if they continued to expand in the direction the governor suggested, would still be too constraining for Independence Day fireworks or the traditional Bay Symphony Concert. Those events were not able to be restored.

Avalon's Activities Rescheduled

Avalon Public Works Rebuilds Beach Access Ramp, Major Repairs To Boardwalk

Avalon Department of Public Works has built a beautiful new access ramp to the 30th Street beach. The ramp was completely rebuilt with new pilings and a wider pedestrian surface for public safety and ease of access to the beach. Additionally, the carpenters at Public Works have replaced literally thousands of boards on the Avalon Boardwalk, one by one, to provide a very safe and enjoyable experience. While carpenters focused on these projects, the rest of the staff worked hard to get the Borough ready for another summer of fun in Avalon.

Avalon Public Works Rebuilds Beach Access Ramp, Major Repairs To Boardwalk

Jitney's Back in Avalon

The jitney service will return to Avalon for the summer. At one of the virtual gatherings of Avalon's governing body, Business Administrator Scott Wahl briefed Avalon Borough Council on the altered parameters for the jitney service this year. Explaining that the drivers are independent operators whose revenues have to, at least, cover their expenses for fuel and tolls, Wahl said that shared ride services, like Uber and Lyft, eroded the customer base for the jitneys, especially on slow weekdays after weekend crowds departed. Wahl and Assistant Administrator James Waldron explained that the new contract provisions with the Jitney Association required service Friday through Sunday, and left Thursday optional depending on projected use at various times during the summer. Part of the uncertainty is caused by the inability to project visitor volume in the summer, with the recent health concerns. What is certain is that jitney weekend service on Seven Mile Island will return.

Jitney's Back in Avalon

Avalon Free Public Library Enters Phase 2 of Reopening Plans

The Library has entered phase 2 of their reopening plans; book drops are open and more services will be coming soon. During this phase, staff are returning to the facilities to prepare for new on-site services and address building needs for working during COVID-19. You can begin returning materials via the library book drops. All materials will be quarantined for 72 hours before being checked in. Once they are ready to begin accepting requests for Porch Pick Up and enter Phase 3, they will make an announcement via regular print and online channels.

Avalon Free Public Library

Stone Harbor Farmers Market

The Stone Harbor Farmers Market will be back for another great summer! Starting June 21st, vendors will be offering fresh produce and flowers, specialty food and drink, baked goods, spices and sauces, artisan cheese and even pet treats! Please note: a face-covering is required for entrance and social distancing of 6' must be maintained. Every Sunday from 8:00am - 12:30pm at 95th and 2nd Streets.

Stone Harbor Farmers Market
   
Cape May County Zoo Reopens

In yet another welcome sign of recovery, the Cape May County Zoo opened its gates to visitors June 13 for the first time in three months. According to earlier reports, the zoo's 550-plus animals, representing over 250 species, were well cared for by the zoo's staff of caregivers and veterinarians during the hiatus, but missed the stimulation that comes with being star attractions for many in the region. Before the opening, Associate Veterinarian Dr. Alex Ernst said, "We have these animals here for the public to make a connection with them and to hopefully realize they are worth saving and conserving. That is our mission, and we are finally able to get back to that." Throngs of people streamed through the gates of the zoo, as is a traditional rite of summer for so many families, both residents and visitors. Cars waited to access the zoo premises and parking lots in locations more remote from the gates were filled.

Visitors Return to Reopened Zoo

Cape May County Expands Well-Received 'Social Distance Ambassadors' Initiative

An initiative to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Cape May County coastal communities has been successful and will expand into July, officials said. Before Memorial Day weekend, Cape May County deployed "social distancing ambassadors" throughout high volume areas, including boardwalks. The initiative, dubbed "Six Feet Saves," intends to remind people to keep their distance to help slow the spread while also distributing educational information and face masks. The representatives, comprised of volunteer Medical Reserve Corps members and Cape May County Health Department staff, focus on positive reinforcement for people that are properly socially distancing and wearing masks.

Cape May County Expands Well-Received 'Social Distance Ambassadors' Initiative
     
Notice of Night Closures for 96th Street Bridge


The 96th Street Bridge along Stone Harbor Boulevard leading into the Borough of Stone Harbor will be undergoing emergency repairs to the bascule span (movable span) during nighttime hours beginning on Monday, June 8. Work will proceed Monday through Thursday nights between 8:00 pm to 6:00 am. Due to the nature of the work, the bridge cannot remain open as work proceeds. Thru traffic wishing to access Stone Harbor via Stone Harbor Boulevard will be detoured during these work times with access to Stone Harbor directed to Avalon Boulevard. Local traffic wishing to access businesses and residences up to the west side of the bridge will be permitted to proceed along Stone Harbor Boulevard. The bridge will re-open at 6:00 am each workday and remain opened until 8:00 pm that night. There are no anticipated closures on Fridays through Sundays during the construction phase. The contractor anticipates that the emergency work will be completed by June 25 barring any unforeseen complications.

Notice of Night Closures for 96th Street Bridge

County Extends Work on Avalon Boulevard in Middle Township Through June 17th

Portions of Avalon Boulevard (C.R. 601) will have temporary lane closures next week as construction crews perform temporary and permanent patching of deck spalls located along the Ingram's and Leonard's Thorofare bridges. The lane closures will occur June 8 thru 11 and June 15 thru June 17. The anticipated hours of closure will be from 8:00am to 4:00pm on those days. Both lanes of the roadway will be reopened at the end of the day. During the closure, traffic will alternate around the construction zone using flaggers or a temporary traffic signal. The road will not be closed, however, motorists should expect delays. Motorist are urged to drive with caution through the construction zone for their safety and the safety of the workers.

County Extends Work on Avalon Boulevard in Middle Township Through June 17th

Summer Nature Program Adventure Chest

This summer, The Wetlands Institute will be launching a brand new Summer Nature Program Adventure Chest. Over the course of nine weeks, they will offer a once weekly Summer Nature Program Adventure Chest, for ages 4-7 and 8-13, available for curbside pickup or mail to your door, filled with arts and crafts, activities and artifacts, things to do and places to go, as well as easy instructions and live-session virtual components with our educators, allowing your child to explore deeper the nature theme of the week. A few of the exciting nature themes to look forward to this summer: The Magic, Mystery, and Wonder of Nature, Whatever Floats your Boat, Overnight and Under the Sun, The Forces of Nature, Marine Mammal Soundings, and What Color is Nature?

The Wetlands Institute

Health Department Issues Guidelines for Summer Youth Camps

New Jersey's Department of Health issued COVID-19 health and safety guidelines for summer youth camps following Gov. Phil Murphy's executive order allowing operations beginning July 6. According to a release, the opening of youth day camps will provide New Jersey families who need childcare services with a viable option in addition to traditional childcare centers. The guidelines provide procedures for camp operators to implement health and safety standards for staff and campers, such as screening, hygiene, social distancing and staff/camper ratios. Executive Order 149, signed by Murphy, allows the resumption of childcare services, youth day camps and organized sports.

Health Department Issues Guidelines for Summer Youth Camps

Enjoy The Water Safely

Being on a paddlecraft (kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard), boaters enjoy the feel of closeness with the water, the sun and the waves. So it's not unusual for people to go out on a paddlecraft without a life jacket. But that's no excuse not to wear a life jacket on the water! Federal law states that all paddlecraft must carry one Coast Guard approved wearable life jacket for each person aboard. Though it is not required that adults wear a life jacket, one should be worn at all times when the vessel is underway. Children 12 and under must wear a life jacket when aboard any boat underway. A wearable life jacket can save your life, but only if you wear it.

Enjoy The Water Safely

New Jersey to Enter Stage II of Restart and Recovery on June 15th

As part of his restart and recovery plan, "The Road Back: Restoring Economic Health Through Public Health," Governor Phil Murphy announced that New Jersey will enter Stage Two on June 15, 2020. Guided by strict protocols from the New Jersey Department of Health, as well as input from the Governor's Restart and Recovery Commission and complementary Advisory Councils, Stage Two will include outdoor dining for restaurants and indoor, non-essential retail as of June 15th. Beginning on June 22nd, barber shops and salons will be able to reopen. In the period to follow, New Jersey will work toward the gradual opening of personal care, gyms, and health clubs, at reduced capacities as the stage progresses. All of these activities will be allowed pursuant to strict health and safety guidelines that will be issued in the coming days. New Jersey ended maximum restrictions and moved to Stage One on May 18, 2020.

New Jersey to Enter Stage II of Restart and Recovery on June 15th

Stone Harbor to Allow Outdoor Retail Sales for Non-Essential Businesses Starting June 3rd

At their June 2nd meeting, Stone Harbor Borough Council approved a resolution that will allow temporary, outdoor retail sales for non-essential businesses starting June 3rd. These outdoor sales may occur daily 9 am - 9 pm from June 3 through June 14. Indoor retail sales can resume on June 15th. This action provides much needed relief to non-essential businesses who were unable to open their businesses to the public during the recent crisis.

Stone Harbor to Allow Outdoor Retail Sales for Non-Essential Businesses Starting June 3rd

Avalon Creates Program for Outdoor Dining/Retail for 2020 Summer Season

Avalon Mayor Martin Pagliughi has signed municipal Executive Order 2020-09 that permits an expansion of outdoor dining, and outdoor retail, for the 2020 season. These opportunities are provided to merchants as a way to help recover from the restrictions created by the pandemic and various subsequent state executive orders. This executive order allows both retail businesses and restaurants to use, when possible and practical, private property adjacent to their deeded business and the public Right of Way (essentially, Borough sidewalk) for outdoor retail and outdoor dining. The process requires an application to be made to the Zoning Officer that includes the insurance certificate that is required by the order.

Avalon Creates Program for Outdoor Dining/Retail for 2020 Summer Season

A Message from the Department of Public Works

The Stone Harbor Department of Public Works is asking for the patience of homeowners, residents and visitors as they begin the task of safely opening the town for the summer season. Please understand that the consequences of COVID-19 have resulted in a severe decrease of available DPW staff. Additionally, the Borough is tasked with following rigorous safety protocols instituted by the State of New Jersey, to ensure the health and wellness of the public as we begin to restore services in full.

A Message from the Department of Public Works

Borough Hall to Re-Open For Appointments Only

After careful consideration, Stone Harbor has opened its doors to the public beginning Monday, June 1. Visitation will be by appointment only. In order to ensure the public health and safety of all visitors and employees, conditions will apply.

Borough Hall to Re-Open For Appointments Only (PDF)

Stone Harbor Tennis and Pickleball Courts to Re-Open with Restrictions

Pickleball & Tennis Facilities at 82nd & 97th Street partially reopened June 1st, 2020. The partial opening measures comply with current State and Borough social distancing practices. They will operate on a reservation only basis and ask that you do not show up without a reservation to ensure no more than 25 individuals will be at the facility at any given time. At 82nd Street, both Pickleball & the hard tennis courts will operate at 50% capacity (Every other court). Har-Tru will not be available at this time. At 97th Street, the same policy will be followed for the synthetic turf tennis courts.

Stone Harbor Tennis and Pickleball Courts to Re-Open with Restrictions

Avalon Partially Open Pickleball, Tennis Operations

Avalon Mayor Martin Pagliughi has amended his executive order regulating access to public facilities to include a limited opening of the Borough's popular pickleball and tennis courts. The amendment to the order took effect Monday, June 1st. Facilities at both 8th Street and 39th Street will partially reopen per the Mayor's directive. The partial opening measures comply with current State and Borough social distancing practices. The new policy will permit both facilities to open with separation of one vacant court between courts that will open. At 39th Street, both hard and soft courts are established in banks of three courts per area. The courts in the middle of each bank will remain closed for social distancing separation. At no time will more than 25 individuals be playing on the courts. At 8th Street, the same policy will be followed for tennis courts. And, five pickleball courts will be available while five will remain closed for player separation.

Avalon Partially Open Pickleball, Tennis Operations

Notice of Meeting Change Avalon Borough Council

The Borough Council of the Borough of Avalon will not be holding the scheduled Work Sessions and Regular Meetings of June 10th and June 24th in the regularly scheduled manner. Said public meetings will be held via telephone conference call, as allowed by A-3850. Any interested member of the public may join the conference call.

Notice of Meeting Change Avalon Borough Council - June, 2020

Avalon Wants Faster Internet, Seeks Provider

Borough Council approved initiating a new bid process for telecommunication providers who want to place a small cell network antenna on a borough-owned tower. The result of the placement would be an increased capacity for data transmission in the business district and surrounding streets. The move to lease the space began when Verizon approached the borough earlier this year, asking to place antennas on the municipal radio tower, located next to Borough Hall. A necessary change in technical specifications led to a new bid process.

Avalon Wants Faster Internet, Seeks Service Provider

Temporary Road Closure on Avalon Boulevard

Temporary lane closures along portions of Avalon Boulevard continue this week as construction crews perform temporary and permanent patch work along the Ingram's and Leonard's thorofare bridges. The lane closures will occur from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through June 4th. Both lanes of the roadway will be reopened at the end of the day.

Temporary Road Closure on Avalon Boulevard

Notice of Night Closures for 96th Street Bridge

The 96th Street Bridge along Stone Harbor Boulevard leading into the Borough of Stone Harbor will be undergoing emergency repairs to the bascule span (movable span) during nighttime hours beginning on Monday, June 8. Work will proceed Monday through Thursday nights between 8:00 pm to 6:00 am. Due to the nature of the work, the bridge cannot remain open as work proceeds. Thru traffic wishing to access Stone Harbor via Stone Harbor Boulevard will be detoured during these work times with access to Stone Harbor directed to Avalon Boulevard. Local traffic wishing to access businesses and residences up to the west side of the bridge will be permitted to proceed along Stone Harbor Boulevard. The bridge will re-open at 6:00 am each workday and remain opened until 8:00 pm that night. There are no anticipated closures on Fridays through Sundays during the construction phase. The contractor anticipates that the emergency work will be completed by June 25 barring any unforeseen complications.

Notice of Night Closures for 96th Street Bridge

It's Terrapin Nesting Season!

Mothers and hatchlings are active on the roads now, or will be soon, so take extra care when driving. If you do encounter adults or hatchlings, it's best to leave them where they are unless they're in immediate danger (on the road, for example). If you have to move one from the road, move it in the direction it's crossing if it's safe to do so - never put yourself in harm's way. And remember, never take any wild turtle as a pet or move one to a different location.

It's Terrapin Nesting Season!

Short Term Rentals to Commence Immediately

Avalon, NJ - Avalon Mayor Martin Pagliughi announced that he is amending his executive order that regulates short term rentals per a resolution approved by the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders on Tuesday, May 26th. Short term rentals were previously allowable on Monday, June 1st; they now can begin immediately. Long term, seasonal rentals were allowable as of May 11, 2020.

Stone Harbor, NJ - After careful consideration, and in accordance with the latest resolution passed by the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the Borough of Stone Harbor will allow for the commencement of short rentals, effective immediately. Yesterday the Freeholders took the steps to allow local municipalities to decide their own date to commence short term rentals and the Borough of Stone Harbor has taken the opportunity to react accordingly. Short term rentals, of under 30 days, including hotels and motels, may commence immediately. Hotels may operate at up to 60% capacity until June 21st. Hotels may begin operating at up to 100% capacity beginning June 22nd.

More Information: Avalon  |  Stone Harbor

Special Memorial Day Video

Memorial Day events hosted by American Legion Post #331 and the Borough usually begin the summer season in Avalon. Sadly, this year due to social distancing regulations, the parade and the ensuing ceremony could not happen. Avalon paid tribute to the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy today, and to our Legion members with whom we proudly stand shoulder to shoulder to support with a very special tribute video. This video captures what Memorial Day is really about in Avalon, and throughout the United States. We are honored to feature several of the veterans who live on the 7 Mile Beach from Post #331.

Special Memorial Day Video - Avalon

Gov. Murphy Increases Number Of People For Outdoor Gatherings In New Jersey To 25

Gov. Phil Murphy recently announced that he is signing an executive order that increases the number of people allowed at outdoor gatherings from 10 to 25, but with strict social distancing guidelines still in place. Murphy said the new directive on outdoor gatherings does not include dining. He also made it clear the 10-person limit for indoor gatherings remains unchanged. The governor added recreational campgrounds, both public and private, are open effective immediately.

Gov. Murphy Increases Number Of People For Outdoor Gatherings In New Jersey To 25

Temporary Lane Closures on Avalon Boulevard

Beginning this week, there will be a temporary lane closure along portions of Avalon Boulevard (C.R. 601) as construction crews perform permanent patching of deck spalls located along the Graven's, Ingram's and Leonard's Thorofare bridges. The lane closures will occur on May 28th, June 1st and June 2nd.

Temporary Lane Closures on Avalon Boulevard

Avalon Volunteer Fire Department T-Shirts

The 2020 AVFD collector's t-shirt is available NOW for sale at the fire station. Stop by to get yours. (Station is manned after 7pm, curbside sales only). Adult sizes $20; Kids shirts $15.

Avalon Volunteer Fire Department

Stone Harbor To Allow Full Access to Beaches, With Some Restrictions, for Memorial Day Weekend

The Borough of Stone Harbor is pleased to announce that on Friday, May 22nd their beaches will be open for the enjoyment of all residents and visitors. Stone Harbor beaches will be open for passive and active purposes, which now includes the use of beach chairs and blankets. However, due to Governor Murphy's recent executive order, organized games, contact sports, sports camps, and special events are prohibited on the beach. Additionally, included in the new guidelines from the Governor are the requirements of capacity management and social distancing. Protocols for capacity management are currently under review and are forthcoming. Residents and visitors will be trusted to adhere to the same social distancing practices that are already in place in all aspects of our lives. The Borough asks that you follow any direction provided as it remains necessary to protect everyone's health and safety.

Stone Harbor To Allow Full Access to Beaches, With Some Restrictions, for Memorial Day Weekend

Updated Avalon Information-Facilities, Beaches, Boardwalk, Event Cancellations, Rescheduled Services, Meetings, Payments, and More!

Starting Friday, May 22nd, passive recreation including beach chairs, blankets, and sunbathing is permissible. Starting Friday, May 22nd lifeguards will be on duty for the summer. The Avalon Beach Tag Booth remains closed until further notice. No beach tags will be required on Avalon's beaches until Friday, July 3rd. Preseason beach tag rates are effective until June 30th, 2020; the preseason rate is $25. Social distancing is both required and mandated this summer on the Avalon beaches by gubernatorial and mayoral executive orders. Families who come to the beach should remain at least six feet apart from other blankets and chairs. Face masks are strongly encouraged this summer. Avalon Police will be patrolling the beaches to encourage social distancing among guests.

Updated Avalon Information-Facilities, Beaches, Boardwalk, Event Cancellations, Rescheduled Services, Meetings, Payments, and More!

Avalon Beach Ambassadors to Help With Social Distancing, Beach Tag Policies Memorial Day Weekend

It's hard to keep up with the new rules and regulations in the State of New Jersey this season. Avalon will have beach ambassadors at select beach paths during Memorial Day weekend to help spread the information about their beaches. The ambassadors will be handing out two-sided post cards at select beach paths to spread the message. One side discusses the requirements for social distancing on the beach, and the strong recommendation for face masks. The other side discusses beach tag policies.

Avalon Beach Ambassadors to Help With Social Distancing, Beach Tag Policies Memorial Day Weekend

Seasonal Beach Tags

Seasonal beach tags are available via mail, smartphone app or in person at some locations.

Avalon  |  Stone Harbor

Charter Boat Fishing, Watercraft Rentals Now Both Permissible in New Jersey

Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 146, which allows charter fishing services and for-hire vessel activities, as well as watercraft rental businesses, to open May 17th, with required social distancing measures.

Charter Boat Fishing, Watercraft Rentals Now Both Permissible in New Jersey

New Executive Order Allows Curbside Pick-Up for Non-Essential Retail, Allows Non-Essential Construction

As part of New Jersey's Road Back, Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 142, permitting the resumption of non-essential construction, curbside pickup at non-essential retail businesses, and car gatherings for the purpose of drive-through and drive-in events. The construction and non-essential retail provisions took effect at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, May 18, while the car gatherings provision took effect last week.

New Executive Order Allows Curbside Pick-Up for Non-Essential Retail, Allows Non-Essential Construction

Avalon, Be Counted! 2020 Census

The Census 2020 effort is underway, and Avalon, they want you to be counted! If you are a resident or property owner in Avalon, there are many benefits to being counted in the United States Census. They understand there are so many other matters to consider these days, but be sure you fill out your census form, it takes only a few minutes!

Avalon, Be Counted! 2020 Census Effort is Underway

New Code Red System Provides Subscribers Direct Access to Weather Alerts

The Borough of Stone Harbor's Code Red Emergency Notification System has been updated, and the new improvement allows residents and visitors to sign up to receive weather alerts directly from the National Weather Service. When severe weather strikes, seconds can make a difference in how people prepare and respond. These automatic notifications deliver another layer of preparedness and protection in an extreme weather situation. Weather warnings are launched moments after a bulletin is issued by the National Weather Service directly to the public.

New Code Red System Provides Subscribers Direct Access to Weather Alerts

Ultimate Bucket List For New Jerseyans Who Are Obsessed With Nature

If you love nature, you're in luck - New Jersey has plenty to enjoy. Here is a bucket list full of fun, outdoor activities that every Garden Stater should try. In addition to the Stone Harbor Bird Sanctuary, there are other local sites and many statewide, so feel free to pick and choose what works best for you! There's something for everyone, from the avid hiker to the casual kayaker, to the person who adores nature…from a distance.

Ultimate Bucket List For New Jerseyans Who Are Obsessed With Nature

Cash Toll Collection Resumes On The GSP

After nearly two months, cash toll collection returned to the Garden State Parkway and the New Jersey Turnpike this week. The New Jersey Turnpike Authority announced in late March that cash toll payment would be temporarily suspended to reduce the spread of coronavirus. While there was no change for E-ZPass users, those without transponders received a bill in the mail.

Cash Toll Collection Resumes On The Garden State Parkway

May 11th: Mayor's Letter Regarding Second Homeowners, Outside Retail/Dining

Avalon continues to provide best practices and guidance as they navigate through executive orders that come from the Governor's office. There is no travel ban on New Jersey roadways, and individuals may come to their second home in Avalon. Follow strict social distancing guidelines/safety practices and understand that for now, many of the amenities and businesses are not yet open. Additionally, the Borough has recently received guidance from their insurance carrier on how to legally and safely permit outside dining and retail this summer adjacent to businesses.

May 11th: Mayor's Letter Regarding Second Homeowners, Outside Retail/Dining

May 8th: Letter from Mayor Pagliughi / Short Term, Transient Rental Policy

The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders approved a resolution that establishes an allowable schedule of seasonal and short term rentals in our County. It is up to each individual community to adopt, reject, or modify the suggested schedule for these rentals. Seasonal rentals may begin as early as May 11th. The schedule also allows both transient rentals of less than 30 days, and hotel/motel rentals of a maximum occupancy of 60%, to begin on June 1st, and full motel/hotel occupancy allowable on June 22nd.

May 8th: Letter from Mayor Pagliughi / Short Term, Transient Rental Policy

Stone Harbor Adopts 2 Bond Ordinances

The Stone Harbor Borough Council adopted two bond ordinances, totaling $14.6 million. The general-purpose bond ordinance, for $10.3 million, includes funding to improve storm water drainage facilities, new heavy equipment for the Public Works Department, road work in various borough locations, and $4.1 million for a new Beach Patrol building and public restroom facilities, at 95th Street and the beach, along with street work, parking, signage and other external improvements incidental to the new structures. The second bond ordinance, for $4.4 million, is directed at various water and sewer system improvements, including infrastructure repairs and water meter upgrades.

Stone Harbor Adopts 2 Bond Ordinances

Avalon Beach Tags

A letter from Mayor Pagliughi regarding beach tags and procedures:

May 7th: Letter from Mayor Regarding Beach Tags and Procedures

Stone Harbor Beach Tags

Information on the extension of pre-season pricing:

Stone Harbor Beach Tags

Cape May County-Wide Recovery Initiative

The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders created a Business Recovery Task Force, Co-Chaired by Freeholder Vice-Director Len Desiderio and Freeholder Will Morey. Over a dozen members of the business community volunteered their time and talents and all sixteen of Cape May County's Mayors were made a part of what has become the Cape May County-Wide Recovery Initiative. The Recovery Initiative, in consultation with health care professionals and with respect for the orders and directives of the Governor, crafted a proposal that is focused on four main topics for the Governor's consideration.

Cape May County-Wide Recovery Initiative

Social Distance Ambassadors

Cape May County Department of Health is proud to announce their social distance campaign, Six Feet Saves. Six Feet Saves is an educational campaign whereby Social Distance Ambassadors will be monitoring high volume areas, such as boardwalks, to remind individuals to keep their six feet, and to give educational materials on how to prevent being exposed.

Social Distance Ambassadors are Coming to your Community

Let's Give The Birds A Big Hand

At some point in your day, stop for a moment. If you can, open a window or step outside. Do you feel it? There's a change in the air. It carries the breath of spring and the promise of warm, sunny days, evening light, and renewal. There's something else, though, and for many it fills the air with a sense of electric anticipation: Spring migration is almost upon us. Birders everywhere are gearing up for one of nature's great spectacles as millions of migratory birds set off on their epic journeys – a flood of birds bound for points north. And when this feathered wave breaks, there's no better place to be than right where we are.

Let's Give The Birds A Big Hand

Stone Harbor and Avalon to Provide Limited Beach Access Starting Friday, May 8th

A letter from Avalon Mayor Martin Pagliughi and Stone Harbor Mayor Judith Davies Dunhour announced there will be access to 7 Mile Beach for walking, running, fishing and surfing, from dawn to dusk. There will be no stationary activity on the beach for the time being (chairs, blankets, etc.). Social distancing regulations must be followed. All other public spaces in Avalon and Stone Harbor will remain closed, including playgrounds, tennis/pickleball/basketball courts, boardwalk, libraries, and recreational centers/fields.

Stone Harbor and Avalon to Provide Limited Beach Access Starting Friday, May 8th

Stone Harbor Planning Board Meeting

The Borough of Stone Harbor Planning Board Meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 11, 2020 at 4:30 PM and will take place via video conference. The State has recently adopted legislation that has made it possible for The Borough of Stone Harbor to hold official Meetings via electronic means. While this scenario is not ideal, the Borough believes it is necessary to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of their citizens.

Stone Harbor Planning Board Meeting

Beach Patrol Project To Be Pared Down

Responding to a constituent letter, at a recent meeting, Stone Harbor Council tried to dispel the notion that a new beach patrol headquarters, planned for 95th Street, would cost $4.1 million. Council members expressed concern that the public associated the entire $4.1 million figure with the beach patrol building, instead of understanding that the project being planned involves more than just a new building. Other goals of the capital project include new restrooms and the construction of changed traffic patterns.

Beach Patrol Project To Be Pared Down

County Clerk Keeps Real Estate Moving

Citing a critical backlog of title searches preventing new homebuyers from settling, current homeowners from refinancing, and insurance companies from issuing policies, Cape May County Clerk Rita Fulginiti reopened the Hall of Records May 4. Property records after 1996 are available online for anyone conducting a title search; however, records before that year are recorded in deed books.

County Clerk Keeps Real Estate Moving

Golf Courses Are Reopening: What You Need To Know Before You Play

Golf organizations in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania have issued numerous recommendations meant to insure the health and safety of golfers and course staff. While some may vary between the two states, or even from course to course, read the article linked below for some general answers to questions you might have:

Golf Courses Are Reopening: What You Need To Know Before You Play

Surveys Set To Begin For Second Wind Farm

Ocean floor surveying will be getting underway off the southern New Jersey coast as part of a second major offshore wind project planned for the Garden State. The geophysical surveying off the coast of Ocean and Atlantic counties is for the Atlantic Shores wind farm and within a 183,000-acre lease area on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf that extends between nine to 20 miles in an area between Barnegat Light and Atlantic City. Water depth in the area ranges from 60 to 100 feet.

Surveys Set To Begin For Second Wind Farm Off N.J.

Sysco Foods Donation Of Fresh Foods Feeds Zoo Animals, Supports Local Food Pantries

Sysco Philadelphia, a food delivery service, has donated to the Cape May County Zoo 17 pallets of fresh vegetables, herbs, and fruits that could not be used by local restaurants due to the temporary closing of restaurants. The pallets contained a combination of bananas, strawberries, cantaloupes, lemons, limes, and avocados as well as parsley, tarragon, garlic, squash, peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes, cabbage, and several varieties of lettuce, according to Parks Director Ed Runyon. The Zoo dietary staff determined what could be used and cold stored for the animals, once that was done, they realized there were still several pallets remaining. The food that the Zoo was unable to use was donated to local food pantries.

Sysco Foods Donation Of Fresh Foods Feeds Zoo Animals, Supports Local Food Pantries

Governor Signs Executive Order Extending Grace Period to Pay Taxes

Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 130, which allows municipalities to extend the grace period for property tax payments due on May 1st to June 1st. Such an extension would provide much-needed relief to homeowners struggling financially as a result of the recent health crisis.

April 28th: Governor Signs Executive Order Extending Grace Period to Pay Taxes

Flood Insurance Discount Arrives May 1

At the Avalon Borough Council meeting April 22, Business Administrator Scott Wahl announced that the new flood insurance discount would be available to property owners beginning May 1. The decrease is a result of the borough lowering its Community Rating System (CRS) score from five to three. Ten is the highest and worst. This effectively moves the insurance premium discount from 25% to 35%.

Flood Insurance Discount Arrives May 1

Notice of Meeting Change Avalon Borough Council May, 2020 Meetings

The Borough Council of the Borough of Avalon will not be holding the scheduled Work Sessions and Regular Meetings May 13, 2020 and May 27, 2020 in the regularly scheduled manner. Public meetings of Borough Council of the Borough of Avalon will be held via telephone conference call, as allowed by A-3850.

Notice of Meeting Change Avalon Borough Council May, 2020 Meetings

Mild Weather Spares Avalon's Beaches

Dr. Stewart Farrell, of Stockton University’s Coastal Research Center, presented his semi-annual report on the state of Avalon’s beaches, at the April 22 borough council meeting. He concluded that the borough’s north end is in “good shape” following an unusually mild winter season. Farrell said that no back passing effort would be needed this year.

Mild Weather Spares Avalon's Beaches

Stone Harbor Municipal Marina/Boat Ramp Open

The Municipal Marina/Boat Ramp as well as the lot located at 81st Street & the bay are now open. Public Works will be installing the floating docks at that location over the next few weeks weather permitting. All residents and visitors are reminded to adhere to strict CDC guidelines concerning social distancing at all times.

Stone Harbor Office of Emergency Management

Stone Harbor Bird Sanctuary Habitat Restoration Project

A number of non-native, invasive plants have become established in the wetlands and transition areas located within the Stone Harbor Bird Sanctuary. These plants have crowded out native vegetation, reduced species diversity, and degraded habitat functions and values for wildlife within the Sanctuary. To address this issue, the Borough of Stone Harbor proposes to conduct the Stone Harbor Bird Sanctuary Habitat Restoration Project to manage the invasive species common reed (Phragmites australis) and purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) via herbicide application, hand cutting and removal. This project is currently in the permitting phase and there is a requirement within this process to notify all neighbors within 200 feet of the proposed project. The Initial treatment is scheduled for the Fall of 2020 (after Labor Day - October).

Stone Harbor Bird Sanctuary Habitat Restoration Project 2020

Tips For Safe Boating

Boating season is nearly here, and the New Jersey State Police Marine Services Bureau would like to remind everyone to maintain social distancing while boating. They want everyone to boat responsibly, so here are some tips boaters can follow in order to maintain social distancing. Should you need any assistance, troopers in the Marine Services Bureau patrolling our state's coastline and waterways will be available.

Social Distancing Tips for Safe Boating

Social Distancing At The Shore?

As business owners, marketers, property managers, and public officials contemplate how to save the Shore from the economic disaster of a season lost, the question remains: How do you keep people safely apart in a place whose charm is based, in part, on a gangs-all-here crowding together?

At The Jersey Shore, Is Social Distancing Even Possible?

April 20: Summary of Restrictions, What's Allowable/Closed/Open in Avalon

New Jersey, the County of Cape May, and the Borough of Avalon have numerous executive orders in place that eliminate non-essential travel and strongly encourage "stay at home". These orders and directives remain in effect until action is taken by the Governor, County, or Borough of Avalon. The Governor has made it clear that one set of rules will be followed, and they are issued by the State of New Jersey.

April 20: Summary of Restrictions

Stone Harbor Police Department Now Accepting Online Police Reports

In an effort to increase public access to file a police report while decreasing person to person contact, the Stone Harbor Police Department is now accepting online police reports.

Stone Harbor Police Department

Lit Up Blue for Frontline Workers

In support of the courageous efforts of first-responders and healthcare workers who are currently working on the frontlines, three Stone Harbor Motels are now illuminated in a bath of blue light.

Stone Harbor Motels Lit Up Blue

A Stone Harbor Museum Project

The Stone Harbor Museum has a new project, a photographic documentation of those who were on and around the island during this difficult time. These photos will be part of a larger collection of images, and writings that will tell the story of these days of worry and isolation.

The Stone Harbor Museum

N.J. Marinas Can Operate Only With 'Strict Social Distancing, Sanitization'

As boating season nears in New Jersey, marinas, boatyards, and marine manufactures will be allowed to operate only if managements follow strict social distancing and sanitation protocols, officials announced recently. But chartered watercraft services or rentals are prohibited, and restaurant activity at the facilities must be limited to take-out or delivery.

N.J. Marinas Can Operate Only With 'Strict Social Distancing, Sanitization'

Avalon Council Approves 2020 Municipal Budget

The Avalon Borough Council unanimously approved the 2020 municipal budget during its meeting on Wednesday, April 8th. The new budget includes no tax increase, the elimination of the last general obligation serial bond, and finances necessary capital improvement projects needed in the community. There is no increase in the water and sewer rates charged in Avalon in 2020.

Avalon Council Approves 2020 Municipal Budget

Stone Harbor Tax Rate Increases

Borough Council adopted an $18.4 million budget at its April 7 meeting. The budget calls for $13.1 million in local property tax revenue. The local purpose tax rate is increased from $0.25 to $0.267 per $100 of assessed value. Some municipalities have been reluctant to adopt an annual budget, given significant uncertainties in non-property tax revenues, which depend on tourism traffic. Chief Financial Officer James Kraft said he was confident the borough would be able to control expenses in ways that would offset any declines in such revenues.

Stone Harbor Tax Rate Increases

Notice of Temporary Closure of Ingram's Thorofare Bridge - Thursday, April 16th

On Thursday night, April 16th, the Ingram's Thorofare Bridge will be closed between the hours of 7:00pm thru 5:00am due to ongoing construction. As a result, Avalon Boulevard (C.R. 601) will be closed to thru traffic during these hours. The roadway and bridge will re-open after those hours and remain open thereafter.

Notice of Temporary Closure of Ingram's Thorofare Bridge - Thursday, April 16th

Avalon Reschedules Bulk Trash Pickup to Week of June 15th, 2020

The Borough of Avalon has rescheduled the spring bulk trash collection day. Bulk trash collection was scheduled to occur starting May 11th but has been postponed. Bulk trash may now be placed curbside for collection from June 1st through June 14th, with collection beginning on June 15th. These dates are again subject to change.

Avalon Reschedules Bulk Trash Pickup to Week of June 15th, 2020

Ordinances Introduced to Fund Borough Projects in Stone Harbor

Borough Council introduced two bond ordinances April 6, which together would provide almost $15 million for capital projects in the borough. The general fund ordinance was for $10.3 million, with $4 million of that total designated for stormwater drainage projects, and $4.1 million for the construction of a new beach patrol headquarters, at 95th Street and the beach. The other large allocation in the ordinance was $1.6 million for road improvements. The second ordinance introduced bonds for the borough's water/sewer utility, totaling $4.4 million. One project, listed at $1.2 million, involves upgrading water meters and associated piping. The other large allocation of dollars is for upgrading infrastructure, along specific enumerated streets, estimated at $2.3 million.

Ordinances Introduced to Fund Borough Projects in Stone Harbor

Veterans Organizations Giving Back to Community

During these uncertain times when most businesses are closed and citizens are being asked to stay home, members of veteran organizations throughout Cape May County are working to supply meals and services to those in need. They are working together to ensure elderly veterans and shut-ins are being cared for and their needs are met.

Veterans Organizations Giving Back

These Incredible Photos Will Transport You To The Jersey Shore Of Yesteryear

The present feels a little overwhelming and, while we should all look forward to a brighter future, many find comfort in the past. Here are a few fantastic shots of the Jersey Shore from the 1950s-1980s.

These Incredible Photos Will Transport You To The Jersey Shore Of Yesteryear

Social Distancing, Neighbors Still Bond

In a socially distanced world, neighbors are feeling more neighborly. Families are spending more time at home as cities close non-essential services. Stay-at-home and shelter-in-place orders are prompting neighbors to step outside and use their front porch as a venue to connect even as they maintain a physical distance.

Social Distancing, Neighbors Still Bond

Offshore Wind Connections

The company building an offshore wind farm about 10 miles southeast of Atlantic City recently got approval to hook into the grid at the retired B.L. England electric plant in Upper Township.

BPU Approves B.L. England For Offshore Wind Connections

Avalon Mayor Issues Second Executive Order; Beaches, Boardwalk, Recreation Fields to Close; Events Cancelled

All public beaches, boardwalk, recreational fields, playgrounds, and the kayak park are closed until further notice; the directive includes restrictions on municipally-operated marinas. The Borough has cancelled all special events up until Memorial Day weekend.

Avalon Mayor Issues Second Executive Order; Beaches, Boardwalk, Recreation Fields to Close; Events Cancelled

April 8th Closure of Beaches, Public Parks and Municipal Marina/Boat Ramp

In an effort to contain, mitigate and control the spread of COVID-19 the Stone Harbor Office of Emergency Management has closed beaches, public parks and the municipal marina/boat ramp.

April 8th Closure of Beaches, Public Parks and Municipal Marina/Boat Ramp

State of the Library/Community Report

The Avalon Free Public Library provides annual reports to the Avalon Borough Council during April of each year. These are the reports provided to the Borough, which you can view online:

2020 Avalon Free Public Library State of the Library/Community Report

Drive-thru COVID-19 Testing Site for County Residents, By Appointment Only

Cape May County Department of Health and CompleteCare Health Network are partnering to open a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site.

CMC Announces Opening of Drive-thru COVID-19 Testing Site for County Residents, By Appointment Only

Help the Shore Community

As the coronavirus outbreak upends our daily lives, many local businesses are giving back to support the community and you can, too. Find out how you can help, from near or far, and how businesses are supporting the community during this difficult time.

Help the Shore Community

Directive From Mayor Martin L. Pagliughi

As everyone knows, the COVID-19 Pandemic has hit New Jersey especially hard together with our sister States of New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Delaware. As a result, and in order to protect our citizens and our first responders and others who are working to provide essential services to us, Governor Murphy has issued a series of Gubernatorial Executive Orders which have the force and effect of law. These Executive Orders ("EOs") are currently in effect and will remain in effect until further notice.

Directive From Mayor Martin L. Pagliughi-Short Term Rentals, Visitation

Notice of Meeting Change of Avalon Borough Council - April, 2020

The Borough Council of the Borough of Avalon will not be holding the scheduled Work Sessions and Regular Meetings of Wednesday, April 8, 2020 and Wednesday, April 22, 2020.

Notice of Meeting Change

Mayors of Cape May County Speak Up to Reduce Non-Essential Visitation

The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders are supporting a unanimous position from the 16 municipalities in Cape May County agreed upon on Monday, March 30th.

16 County Mayors Approve Joint Message on Visitation, Short Term Rentals

CRC Study on Beaches and Back Bay Basins

The Borough recently published a report by Stockton University's Coastal Research Center (CRC) on the condition of our Beaches and Back Bay Basins.

CRC Study on Beaches and Back Bay Basins

Open Businesses

In these challenging times our local business partners are in need of your support. These local business owners are members of our community, employers of our neighbors, and providers of an amazing array of food and services that keep our community diverse and vibrant. Check out the list of local businesses that are open during the restrictions related to the coronavirus:

Seven Mile Island  |  Atlantic County and Cape May County

County Asks for Donations of Gloves, Masks, PPE

Cape May County government is seeking the public's help in gathering necessary medical supplies for those at the front line of the COVID-19 outbreak. According to a release, the Cape May County Health Department and the Cape May County Office of Emergency Management are seeking donations from businesses that are closed during this pandemic of sealed boxes of gloves, masks, and personal protective equipment. Businesses, salons, schools and others may have access to some of these materials that could be vital to medical personnel as time goes forward.

County Asks for Donations of Gloves, Masks, PPE

Cape May County Implements Restrictions on the 96th Street Bridge

The Cape May County Engineer has determined that based on the results of the most recent inspections a weight restriction on the 96th Street Bridge will be placed into effect immediately. The 96th Street Bridge over the Great Channel will be load posted to restrict vehicles in excess of 15 tons gross weight from using the bridge. In addition, vehicles less than 15 tons gross weight are reminded that the bridge speed is 30 MPH. Impact conditions resulting from speeding vehicles also continue to be an issue and the public is encouraged to cross the bridge while obeying the posted speed. Vehicles in excess of 15 tons will be required to access Stone Harbor via Avalon Boulevard (C.R. 601). Due to the current re-decking of the Ingram's Thorofare Bridge (coming into Avalon), oversized vehicles wider than 11'-0” will not be able to cross the bridge until May 7, 2020. All other vehicles will be able to cross the Ingram's Thorofare bridge without restriction.

Cape May County Implements Restrictions on the 96th Street Bridge

Avalon Prepares for 5G Service

Avalon Borough Council used a portion of its March 11 work session to discuss planning for 5G network deployment. Business Administrator Scott Wahl shared the view of borough technology consultants that "4G will be exhausted in the State of New Jersey in 24 months." Despite an extreme outcome not occurring, the wait for 5G is short, and the moment to prepare is now. The discussion's result is a move by the borough to prepare a small cell deployment plan ready for council consideration before Labor Day.

Avalon Prepares for 5G Service

Notice Regarding Avalon Water/Sewer, Tax Payments

The Borough of Avalon will continue to accept Tax and Water/Sewer payments as scheduled. Please note that payment received after the grace periods will still be subject to interest and penalties in accordance with NJ State Statutes until otherwise directed.

Avalon Water/Sewer, Tax Payments 

Stone Harbor Mayor Attains 'Municipal Leader' Designation

Stone Harbor Mayor Judith M. Davies-Dunhour is the first person to complete the courses and apply to attain "Municipal Leader" designation from the New Jersey League of Municipalities.

Stone Harbor Mayor Attains 'Municipal Leader' Designation

Market Values Climb in Stone Harbor

In January 2018, Stone Harbor announced the completion of its revaluation of borough properties. The process was ordered by the Cape May County Board of Taxation. Two years after completion of the revaluation in Stone Harbor, property values continue to grow in relation to assessed value. At a recent Borough Council meeting, Tax Assessor Margaret Slavin reported a 94% market ratio.

Market Values Climb in Stone Harbor

Borough of Stone Harbor 2020 Municipal Budget Presentation

The Borough of Stone Harbor has released it's 2020 Municipal Budget Presentation. To view this presentation and additional Financial Information visit the Borough of Stone Harbor’s Municipal Website:

Borough of Stone Harbor 2020 Municipal Budget Presentation

Bulk Trash Pick Up - March 16th

Items may be placed along the curb 72 hours prior to March 16th.

Borough of Stone Harbor

Avalon Woman Wins Her Battle To Keep Treasured Vines On Her Beach-Block Home

A woman who ended up in court over the leafy vines covering the walls of her beach-block home does not have to cut them down, a judge ruled recently. In a brief hearing, Municipal Court Judge Andrew Cafiero dismissed the borough’s complaint against Elaine Scattergood for violating a town ordinance on overgrowth. His decision, which followed a daylong hearing in January, concluded that officials failed to follow the procedures required after they issued the citations, such as following up with recommendations. The ruling brought an end to a dispute that lasted more than a year and grew to represent more than a single homeowner’s stand. Scattergood has been cultivating Virginia creeper vines on her 30th Street property for decades, as Avalon morphed into an exclusive community with multimillion-dollar homes.

Avalon Woman Wins Her Battle To Keep Treasured Vines On Her Beach-Block Home

Avalon to Regulate Free Rides

Avalon Borough Council introduced an ordinance recently that establishes regulations for commercial providers of free-ride services. One such service, 7 Mile Free Ride, launched in 2017. The venture boasts an "eco-friendly free ride experience." The service uses golf carts to provide free point-to-point transportation in Avalon and Stone Harbor. Revenue comes from advertisers. The regulations will require that free-ride service providers obtain municipal consent to operate on the borough’s streets along with appropriate licensing of the business activity.

Avalon to Regulate Free Rides

Do Saint Patrick's Day at the Shore

Cape May County will go green this St. Patrick's Day weekend with a range of especially shamrockin' celebrations. Both Irishmen and non-Irishmen alike won't want to miss these spirited special events!

Do Saint Patrick's Day at the Shore

Council Introduces 2020 Municipal Budget; No Increase in Tax Rate, or Water/Sewer Rates

The Avalon Borough Council introduced the 2020 municipal budget that includes no increase in the municipal tax rate. The budget totals $28,659,238 and includes a municipal tax rate of 19.9 cents per $100 dollars of assessed valuation. This is one of the lowest municipal tax rates among developed communities in the State of New Jersey.

Council Introduces 2020 Municipal Budget; No Increase in Tax Rate, or Water/Sewer Rates

N.J. Legislator Proposes Fines For Beachgoers Who Don't Secure Umbrellas

A new bill in the New Jersey legislature sets fines for beachgoers who don't properly secure beach umbrellas and vendors that fail to warn the public about the risks of their use. The pending bill prohibits opening a beach umbrella at a public beach during wind speeds of 25 mph or greater unless it is secured to the ground using an auger, sandbag, or another anchoring device. Any violators could be subject to a civic penalty of $50 for the first offense, $100 for the second, and $250 for the third or subsequent offense. The government entity with jurisdiction over the public beach would be responsible for collecting and enforcing the penalty. The legislation also requires retailers that sell beach umbrellas to post a sign informing consumers of the risks associated with the device. Violators would be subject to a $500 fine.

N.J. Legislator Proposes Fines For Beachgoers Who Don't Secure Umbrellas

2020 United States Census - What You Need To Know!

The Borough of Avalon, from time to time, will release information about the 2020 Census effort. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about this year's Census count. Additional information will be posted on the municipal website.

2020 United States Census - What You Need To Know!

Facing Lifeguard Recruitment Problems, Shore Town Significantly Raises Pay

Stone Harbor has responded to a problem of recruiting and retaining lifeguards through a significant pay hike. The pay for new lifeguards will increase from $100 daily last year to $155 in 2020, according to a Cape May County Herald report. The same increase applies across the pay scale. A guard with 15 years of experience will move from $128 a year ago to $183 per day in 2020. Beach badge checkers will receive an increase from $9.50 to $16 last year to $12 to $18.50 in 2020. And it's not just a problem in Stone Harbor...

Facing Lifeguard Recruitment Problems, Shore Town Significantly Raises Pay

2020 Avalon Kayak Park Registration Procedures

Avalon will continue to offer free registration to Avalon residential property owners for the 216 berths available at the Avalon Kayak Park. Avalon will conduct an "open registration" through March 31, 2020. Registrations are accepted in person during regular business hours, seven days a week, at Avalon Community Hall, 30th Street and the beach in Avalon or by filling out the convenient form located on their web page:

2020 Avalon Kayak Park Registration Procedures

Board Backs Hike in Shore Funding

The County of Cape May passed a resolution supporting an increase in State funding for the "Shore Protection Fund," from $25 million to $50 million. There is a bill in the Assembly and Senate that would increase that allotment. The Shore Protection Fund provides important funding that allows the State and Municipalities to engage in cost-share partnerships with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on shore protection projects including beach restoration and maintenance.

Board Backs Hike in Shore Funding

Free Beach Movies During Summer, 2020 – Here is the Lineup!

The Avalon Department of Recreation has announced its schedule of free beach movies that will again be offered on Tuesday evenings during the Summer of 2020. Nine beach movies will be shown at Avalon's 30th Street beach on Tuesday evenings, at 8:45pm, starting on June 30th.

Free Beach Movies During Summer, 2020 – Here is the Lineup!

How Do Ratings Affect Flood Insurance Premiums?

Cape May County property owners had just over 53,000 policies with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) in 2019, covering $12.7 billion worth of property and furnishings. For that coverage, they paid over $36 million in premiums and fees. Flood insurance is big business in the county and actions that can result in premium reductions are similarly important business. Across the county, 12 of the 16 municipalities are Community Rating System (CRS) communities, meaning they participate in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) program that offers various insurance discounts based on a community’s voluntary efforts in community floodplain management, making the insured property in the community safer for flood risk. A CRS class can be within the range of 1, the highest, to 10, the lowest. At the top is a class 1 community that receives a 45% discount on premiums. The highest rating in Cape May County is a class 3, a level that only 13 communities in the country and two in the state have achieved. The two are Sea Isle City and Avalon. Property owners will be entitled to a 35% premium reduction. The county has four communities with a class 5 rating. They are Ocean City, Stone Harbor, Upper Township, and Wildwood. This rating carries a 25% discount.

How Do Ratings Affect Flood Insurance Premiums?

New in Summer 2020: Sundays at Surfside Concerts, at Surfside Park

The Avalon Department of Recreation has announced a brand new concert series at Avalon’s Surfside Park, located adjacent to the Avalon Boardwalk at 30th Street and the beach. Nine concerts will be held this summer during the "Sundays at Surfside" events, starting Sunday, June 28th. All concerts will begin at 7:00pm and conclude at approximately 8:30pm. The Avalon Recreation Department has scheduled some of the most popular entertainers in the Delaware Valley, and the event will feature a cross section of music from oldies to country to Irish music, and everything in between.

New in Summer 2020: Sundays at Surfside Concerts, at Surfside Park

Boat Ramp a Flood Source

Stone Harbor Borough Council heard recently that the borough may be calling on Dutch expertise to resolve flooding issues at the municipal marina boat ramp. Office of Emergency Management Director J. T. Lakose said flooding at the boat ramp is getting progressively worse. "We can take action to increase minimum bulkhead heights, but we also need to plug the holes. The boat ramp is a hole," he said. He spoke of neighbors asking the borough to take action.

Boat Ramp a Flood Source

Think Summer! Start Planning Your Summer Fun at the Jersey Shore

According to Punxsutawney Phil, spring is just around the corner but winter's not over just yet! Is the chilly weather leaving you with the winter blues but you can't escape to the shore just yet? Luckily there is a perfect way to warm up your winter - start planning your summer fun at the Jersey Shore! Besides chasing away the winter blues with warm thoughts, planning your time at the Jersey Shore now has many advantages: increased availability for your preferred dates and accommodations, early booking discounts and perks, and time to research and plan what to do!

Think Summer! Start Planning Your Summer Fun at the Jersey Shore

Update on Proposed Hotel

As an update to the question of a hotel near the Stone Harbor Boulevard-Garden State Parkway entrance, according to the municipal engineer, last summer Middle Township Committee decided not to vote on an ordinance that would have approved a zoning change for the proposed hotel property. The project cannot proceed without the zoning change, which would make the land part of the Town Center and thereby qualify it for water and sewer infrastructure. The matter was referred back to the Planning Board. It is now part of the master plan review process. The master plan is expected to be approved by the Planning Board in the late March or early April.

Update on Proposed Hotel 

Update: Ingram's Thorofare Bridge to Close Monday Evening, February 24th

Note: The overnight closure was scheduled for February 20th. However, the closure is now scheduled for Monday, February 24th, starting at 7:00pm. Unfavorable temperatures have delayed this closure to the 24th as a concrete pour for the new span is expected. The Ingram's Thorofare Bridge will be closed between the hours of 7:00pm thru 5:00am due to ongoing construction. As a result, Avalon Boulevard (C.R. 601) will be closed to thru traffic during these hours. The roadway and bridge will re-open after those hours and remain open thereafter.
 
Update: Ingram's Thorofare Bridge to Close Monday Evening, February 24th

Avalon to Regulate Free Ride Services

Fixed route and point-to-point transportation services are regulated by Avalon "to ensure the safety" of residents and visitors, according to Business Administrator Scott Wahl. The borough requires background checks on drivers, as well as proof that licenses are valid and adequate liability insurance is in force. Beginning in 2017, a new form of transportation service evolved: free ride services. The lack of a public fee allowed the service to run without being required to conform to the regulations placed on other transportation providers. Wahl told Avalon Borough Council recently that the administration would be bringing forth a resolution to extend the existing regulations to current and future free ride services.

Avalon to Regulate Free Ride Services

Avalon Garden Club 38th Annual Flower Show-Here's How to Enter!

Avalon Garden Club will hold its 38th Annual Flower Show on Saturday, June 13, 2020. The location is Avalon Community Hall, 30th Street and the beach. The show is open for the public from Noon to 4:00pm. Admission is free. Avalon Garden Club encourages the public and any amateur to enter the show regardless of your skill level.

Avalon Garden Club 38th Annual Flower Show-Here's How to Enter!

Van Drew's Aid Sought in Snare-trap Issue

The use of snare traps for predator control at Stone Harbor Point was a hotly debated issue at Stone Harbor Borough Council meetings in summer 2019. Faced with a need to maintain a strong working relationship with state and federal wildlife officials, the borough stopped attempts to press for an end to the use of what some considered inhumane use of snare traps. The governing body is trying to continue its support of federal and state predator-control processes at the Point, while also requesting the intervention of U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-2nd). The goal is to see if alternative means of control can be employed, despite the insistence of federal and state officials that snare traps are the most effective mechanism.

Van Drew's Aid Sought in Snare-trap Issue

Upcoming Shopping Events at the Shore

Are you looking for the perfect gift or something to wear? At the right price of course! Nothing beats a day, or better yet a weekend, of browsing local shops or getting a great bargain! Check out the local shopping events coming up in March and April:

Upcoming Shopping Events at the Shore

The Jersey Shore Pops

Music Director and Conductor Linda Gentille and The Jersey Shore Pops proudly announce the highly anticipated Pops upcoming "2020 Summer Concert Series," a trio of themed concerts featuring talented guest artists including singer Peter Oprisko, trumpeter and vocalist Nicole Sasser, comedian Tom Drake, and soprano Jennifer Fair. Purchase tickets early before they sell out! The average price is $40, with group rates available. Some venues have free parking, including the Middle Township Performing Arts Center.

The Jersey Shore Pops 2020 Summer Concert Series

Sea Isle City First Responders Help Deliver First Baby In City Since 1977

First responders help deliver the first baby born in Sea Isle City in more than 40 years. It was supposed to be Joe and Jeanne Golato's last weekend away before baby number two came. They wanted to spend some quality time with 3-year-old Briella before she became a big sister. On Monday, January 27, the Golatos were in Sea Isle City, New Jersey and Jeanne was three weeks from her due date. "She started having more pain and within a half an hour, she was telling me to call 911," explained Joe Golato. Police and EMTs were there within minutes. Within five minutes of police and EMTs arriving, Jeanne delivered a healthy baby girl named Luciana.

Sea Isle City First Responders Help Deliver First Baby In City Since 1977

Committee to Analyze Beach Patrol Building

Outgoing Stone Harbor Business Administrator Jill Gougher presented a tentative schedule, in November 2019, for the construction of Beach Patrol Headquarters. At that Stone Harbor Borough Council meeting, Gougher was authorized to move ahead with the cumbersome permitting process. Gougher's projected schedule called for a detailed design to be completed by May, a June bid process and a July construction award. The schedule called for construction beginning after Labor Day 2020. The aim was to have the building ready for use by Memorial Day 2021. The project also called for the replacement of the public restrooms on a site adjacent to the building. Discussion, at a recent February council meeting, introduced the potential use of a modular structure for the Beach Patrol. An additional possibility is to maintain the modular restroom facility, rather than move ahead with the construction of new restrooms.

Committee to Analyze Beach Patrol Building

Stone Harbor Considers Tax-rate Increase

Stone Harbor Borough Council discussed a possible increase in the municipal tax rate for 2020. The increase would move the rate per $100 of assessed value from $0.25 to $0.267, resulting in a 6.8% increase in property tax for homeowners in Stone Harbor. The proposed increase would net the borough an estimated $932,000 in new revenue. The new rate would raise the levy by $170 on a home assessed at $1 million. The council discussion included an examination of the items that would benefit from the increase. These included several initiatives that deal with the oceanfront beaches or the back bay waterways. Almost 55% of the proposed increase in spending is targeted at beach replenishment, back bay dredge management, beach and bay access, and flood mitigation. Municipal departments, in which holding employees has been an issue, saw salary and wage adjustments. The actual increases in the proposed budget totaled $1.2 million. Borough actions resulting in about $300,000 in savings covered almost 25% of the proposed increase in spending. A recent decision to move the borough to the county's Central Dispatch has paid dividends, with an estimated saving, in the 2020 budget, of $53,623.

Stone Harbor Considers Tax-rate Increase

Annual Forest Fire Mitigation Program Is Underway In N.J.

A seasonal program for mitigating forest fire risk is underway throughout New Jersey. According to the New Jersey State Forest Fire Service, the prescribed burning program reduces wildfire risks by burning buildup of undergrowth, fallen trees and branches, leaves and other debris on forest floors. Prescribed fires, also known as controlled burns, are generally conducted during the mid to late winter months to minimize the amount of smoke produced and when weather conditions tend to be safer for controlled fires, according to the DEP. Pending weather conditions this season, the state Forest Fire Service, part of the DEP's Division of Parks and Forestry, expects to burn between 35,000 acres of forests and grasslands.

Annual Forest Fire Mitigation Program Is Underway In N.J.

Who Pays When A Candidate Comes To Town?

President Donald Trump came and went from Wildwood in a matter of hours, while drawing crowds of supporters and protesters to the dormant winter Shore town. But long after the President left town, remnants of the rally remained, and city employees spent two long nights cleaning up garbage, beach chairs, signs, and blankets from outside the Wildwoods Convention Center. Weeks later, Wildwood is still tabulating the costs for extra policing and cleanup, and Mayor Pete Byron says he just wants his city's money back. Wildwood is hardly the first, or likely the last, city to encounter billing trouble when a presidential candidate comes to town...the question is, who pays?

Costly Presidential Campaign Rallies Leave Cities Wondering Who's Paying The Bill

Stone Harbor Mayors Wellness Campaign

Get ready to Jump Start Your Health! The Mayors Wellness Campaign starts February 20th. Sign up now
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Mayors Wellness Campaign 2020

94th Street Sewer Pump Station Presentation

As reported last week, Stone Harbor is initiating a ten-month project to relocate and replace one of its two municipal sanitary sewer pumps. The project is on an expedited schedule, with completion scheduled for the second week in November. View the presentation from a recent Borough Council Meeting:

94th Street Sewer Pump Station Presentation

Coalition for Safe Community, Cape May County Prosecutor's Office Partner to Host Black History Month Event

Anthony Ray Hinton, former wrongfully convicted prisoner held on death row for 30 years for a crime he did not commit and author of "The Sun Does Shine," will be at the Middle Township Performing Arts Center in Cape May Court House at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, for a meet-and-greet and book signing. The event, open to the public, is hosted by the Coalition for a Safe Community and the Cape May County Prosecutor's Office.

Coalition for Safe Community, Cape May County Prosecutor's Office Partner to Host Black History Month Event

Avalon Seeking Applications for Beach Patrol/Beach Tag Checkers

The Borough of Avalon has exciting employment opportunities for the Summer of 2020! They are seeking applications for positions with the Avalon Beach Patrol as lifeguards, and beach tag checkers. Hurry, positions fill up quickly!

Avalon Seeking Applications for Beach Patrol/Beach Tag Checkers

Number of Peregrine Falcons Hatched in NJ Up in 2019

The nonprofit Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey (CWF) and New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife's Endangered and Nongame Species Program (ENSP) released the 2019 New Jersey Peregrine Falcon Research and Management Program Report highlighting the continued recovery of the peregrine falcon in New Jersey. According to a release, the number of peregrine falcons young produced in New Jersey rose slightly to 78 in 2019, as compared to 75 in 2018. The adult population was slightly lower at 38 known pairs, as compared to 40 known pairs in 2018.

Learn More: Number of Peregrine Falcons Hatched in NJ Up in 2019

N.J. Legislators Quickly Reintroduce Single-Use Plastic, Paper Bag Ban Bill

Legislators are acting quickly a few weeks after the New Jersey Assembly failed to act on the comprehensive ban on single-use plastic and paper bags. The New Jersey Senate Environment and Energy Committee released the bill, known as S-864, sending it for further action. The bill prohibits the provision or sale of single-use plastic carryout bags, single-use paper carryout bags, and polystyrene foam food service products. It also limits the provision of single-use plastic straws and appropriates funds from the Clean Communities Program Fund for public education. The previously proposed ban on single-use plastic and paper bags would be implemented after one year, and a ban on polystyrene containers - such as Styrofoam - would take effect after two years. Now, the new legislation would go into effect 18 months after it is signed for plastic bags, paper bags, and polystyrene, and one year for straws, although they could be provided at a customer's request.

N.J. Legislators Quickly Reintroduce Single-Use Plastic, Paper Bag Ban Bill

Stone Harbor Appoints Smith as Borough Administrator

Robert J. Smith, of Turnersville, has been appointed as the administrator for the Borough of Stone Harbor. A licensed attorney, and a former New Jersey State Assemblyman, he joins Stone Harbor with eight years of executive-level experience in municipal government.

Stone Harbor Appoints Smith as Borough Administrator

Pump Station Project Set to Begin

Stone Harbor is initiating a ten-month project to relocate and replace one of its two municipal sanitary sewer pumps. The project is on an expedited schedule, with completion scheduled for the second week in November. The borough's wastewater system utilizes two municipally owned pump stations at 114th and 93rd streets, and one additional pump station owned and operated by the county Municipal Utilities Authority (MUA) near the 80th Street Marina.

Pump Station Project Set to Begin

Avalon Construction Office Implements FEMA Floodplain Development Permit Application

In 2020, the Borough of Avalon will be elevated from a Class 5 to a Class 3 community in the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Community Rating System (CRS) program. This elevation will provide 35 percent discounts on flood insurance for Avalon property owners. With the new class, FEMA is requiring more documentation for the CRS Program to maintain the Class 3 rating and the benefits derived by property owners and our community. The Floodplain Development Permit Application will now be required for all new construction, house raises, additions, and substantial improvements. Visit the Borough of Avalon Website to view a sample application.

Avalon Construction Office Implements FEMA Floodplain Development Permit Application

Flood Mitigation Project Quizzed

In response to a question from a property owner at a recent Avalon Borough Council meeting, Borough Engineer Thomas Thornton provided an update on the flood mitigation project in the north end, and outlined the next steps. In fall 2018, Avalon committed to the multimillion-dollar drainage project. At the time, Thornton explained that it would be a "big and complex project." The first conceptual design for the drainage improvements suggested a $10 million project. Subsequent design work, presented to the council in October 2019, expanded the use of gravity systems, eliminated one of the two existing pump stations and held the promise of reducing the burden on taxpayers. Thornton explained that preliminary talks have begun with permit agencies and that, pending borough approval of the funds, the next step would involve the detailed design, a task that could take much of 2020, he added.

Flood Mitigation Project Quizzed

County Holds Poster Contest For Fourth-Graders

The constitutional officers of Cape May County are sponsoring their twenty-eighth annual My County poster contest open to fourth-grade students countywide. Sheriff Robert Nolan, county Clerk Rita Marie Fulginiti and Surrogate Dean R. Marcolongo sponsor this annual event to bring awareness of the function of county government to fourth-graders, who regularly study the topic as part of their curriculum. The object is for the student to depict his or her concept of what is unique about Cape May County and how it relates to county government. Deadline to submit entries is February 28th by 4:30pm.

County Holds Poster Contest For Fourth-Graders

Portion Of Popular Back Road To The Shore Closed Until June

A popular secondary road that connects the Delaware River and the Atlantic Ocean is closed until June for what state officials say are "priority roadway repairs." According to a New Jersey Department of Transportation news release, Mount Construction recently began repairing a culvert over Dias Creek on Route 47 in Cape May County's Middle Township. Officials say sinkholes that have formed are compromising the state highway - which runs for 75 miles from Brooklawn to Wildwood - that typically jams during the summer when it becomes a two-lane road toward the coast. Detours are in place, and local access is available for residents and businesses. State transportation officials expect the project to finish by June 2020.

Portion Of Popular Back Road To The Shore Closed Until June

Kayak Storage Available in 2020

The Borough of Stone Harbor will once again offer Kayak storage at the 81st Street Marina location. Stone Harbor Property Owners may apply for a Kayak space starting March 1, 2020 and continuing until March 31, 2020, proof of property ownership is required. Spaces are limited to two (2) per property and will be awarded through a lottery. A fee of $100.00 per space has been implemented in 2020.

Kayak Storage Available in 2020

Stone Harbor Council

The new year brings some new voices and leadership to the Stone Harbor Borough Council! Newly elected council members, Jennifer Gensemer, Charles Krafczek, Reese Moore and Frank Dallahan took their oaths of office at the annual municipal reorganization meeting on Tuesday, January 7th. Incumbent Council Member, Charles Krafczek was nominated and elected as Council President for the 2020 term.

Stone Harbor Council

Salary Ordinance Changes Proposed

Finding "some inequities that need to be addressed," Avalon's administration proposed changes to the borough’s salary ordinance, the first such changes since 2016. Under Avalon’s form of government, the mayor sets the salaries for most borough employees. The exceptions are those salaries required to be fixed by Avalon Borough Council or by the mayor, with the consent of the council. The former salary ordinance focused on ranges for appointive and elective officers of the borough, and not on the larger employee positions where the mayor fixed salaries by executive order. The proposed "Salary Ordinance of 2020" would codify all job titles and positions in the borough, setting minimum and maximum salary ranges for each, with the exception of salaries of employees covered by collective bargaining agreements.

Salary Ordinance Changes Proposed
 

Construction Beginning at Avalon’s 8th Street Jetty in Early January

Crews from South State Construction are currently mobilizing to being making necessary repairs to Avalon’s 8th Street Jetty. The beach entrance at 8th Street will be a construction zone and off limits to the public. Members of the public are required to stay clear of the jetty due to the construction activity that will last until late April or early May, 2020. Heavy rock for the project will be brought in to town starting on or about January 10th.

Construction Beginning at Avalon’s 8th Street Jetty in Early January

Hazard Mitigation Initiative

As a part of the Borough of Stone Harbor's Community Rating System (CRS) requirements, the "2019 Progress Report on Hazard Mitigation Initiatives" has been made public.

2019 Progress Report on Hazard Mitigation Initiative

January 2020 Events and Schedule at the Avalon Free Public Library

The Avalon Free Public Library and History Center features a number of programs for all ages. Take a break from the winter weather and enjoy some time at the library!

January 2020 Events and Schedule at the Avalon Free Public Library

Avalon Seeks Hike in Shore Protection Fund

Avalon officials recently met with Senator Michael Testa (R-1st) to urge support for an increase in the state’s Shore Protection Fund. The present $25 million per year funding level has not been increased since 1998 and is considered inadequate to the task of supporting protection programs for the state’s beaches, back bays, and inland waterways.

Avalon Seeks Hike in Shore Protection Fund

How to Do The Shore this Winter

When you say the word 'beach,' most people think sunny skies, hot temperatures, and warm ocean water. In January, that's not really the case at the Jersey Shore! But cold temperatures do not mean you can't have fun with the whole family. During the winter you can stay inside, cozy by the fire, or you can go outside and explore South Jersey in the snow!

How to Do The Shore this Winter

Stone Harbor Beach Tag Fees to Increase

Effective January 1, 2020 the following beach tags fees will apply: Pre-Season Tags - $25.00; Season Tags (After May 31, 2020) - $30.00; Weekly Tags - $13.00 Daily Tags - $6.00. Stone Harbor beach tags are reciprocal with Avalon. All persons 12 and over must display tags the Friday of Memorial weekend to Monday of Labor Day weekend, 10a.m. - 5p.m.

Stone Harbor Beach Tag Fees to Increase

Avalon Attains Class 3 CRS Rating; 35 Percent Discounts on Flood Insurance Come in 2020

The Borough of Avalon has achieved a Class 3 status in the Federal Emergency Management's Community Rating System that evaluates the flood mitigation practices of a community. During its five-year review process, the CRS program elevated Avalon from a Class 5 to a Class 3, meaning property owners who carry flood insurance will enjoy a 35 percent discount on their flood insurance premiums. This translates into approximately $1.6 million in cumulative insurance savings for Avalon residents starting sometime in 2020. 1,700 municipalities participate in the CRS program nationwide; Avalon is one of only 13 municipalities in the entire country to achieve a Class 3 rating.

Avalon Attains Class 3 CRS Rating; 35 Percent Discounts on Flood Insurance Come in 2020

Stone Harbor Council Seeks Beach Patrol HQ Permits

Stone Harbor Council authorized the borough engineer, Dec 17, to move ahead with the permitting process for a proposed Beach Patrol building at 95th Street. To gain the state and federal permits for construction of the facility, the borough will present plans that lock-in the building's footprint and elevation, meaning that council is sufficiently satisfied with the design concept to make that commitment. The proposed two-story structure has an estimated price tag of $2.2 million, with the entire project, including replacement of the nearby restrooms and area landscaping, priced at $3.6 million.

Stone Harbor Council Seeks Beach Patrol HQ Permits

Stone Harbor Police Department Communications Center transitions to Cape May County Center

The Stone Harbor Police Department has transitioned our Communications Center from the Avalon Police Department to the Cape May County Communications Center. While the location of the dispatchers who receive telephone calls from the public and dispatch officers has changed, the manner in which residents and visitors of Stone Harbor contact the police has remained the same.

Stone Harbor Police Department Communications Center transitions to Cape May County Center

Avalon Beach Tag Art Contest

Fifth grade Avalon Elementary School student Ginger Radzieta is the winner of the 22nd Annual Beach Tag Art contest sponsored by the Avalon Elementary School and the Borough of Avalon. Ginger was presented with the very first beach tag of the 2020 beach season with her artwork, along with a plaque from Mayor Martin Pagliughi congratulating her on the award.

Avalon Beach Tag Art Contest

7 Reasons to Do the Shore this Season

Whether you live in Cape May County year-round or are a visitor from out of town, you're guaranteed to love doing the shore this holiday season!

7 Reasons to Do the Shore this Season

Holiday Season Safety Tips

December is a time of celebration for many diverse religious observances in New Jersey, but whatever the holiday, these festivities often include lights and decorations. The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs' (DCA) Division of Fire Safety wants residents to be aware of potential fire hazards that can cause electrical fires in the home and is offering important fire safety precautions to follow this time of year.

Holiday Season Safety Tips

2020 Vision: How the Wetlands Institute Plans to Build on Its 50-Year Legacy

As a year of celebrations for the 50th anniversary of The Wetlands Institute comes to a close, it's fitting to look forward to the next 50 years. Throughout the year The Wetlands Institute has reflected upon the remarkable legacy of research, conservation, education, and stewardship that underpins the impact of their organization in our community and beyond.

2020 Vision: How the Wetlands Institute Plans to Build on Its 50-Year Legacy

Avalon Police Department Holding Christmas Toy Drive for County Children

The Avalon Police Department will be hosting a Toy Drive for the Cape May County Children Services. The donations will be provided to children and families who have been exposed to domestic violence, abuse and neglect. The Avalon Police Department will be accepting donations of new and unwrapped toys for children up to the age of 13 years. The wrapping paper and tape donations are also needed. Deadline for donations is December 18, 2019.

Avalon Police Department Holding Christmas Toy Drive for County Children

Irrigation Water Use Rising in Stone Harbor

Tax Collector Deborah Candelore recently presented to Stone Harbor Borough Council a 10-year history of irrigation water consumption in the borough. The data showed that irrigation meter use was at an all-time high in 2019, and that irrigation consumption was at a level not seen since 2010. The consumption comparison was based on usage in the busiest quarter of the year - July through September. Irrigation consumption was at a low point in 2013, with 24 million gallons, and at a high of 35 million, in 2019. Also discussed was the pending rate hike scheduled as part of the 2021 budget. This is the last of three scheduled rate hikes in a five-year period, since the plan was adopted in 2016. The first increase was in 2017.

Irrigation Water Use Rising in Stone Harbor

Avalon Receives $177,000 NJDOT Grant for Reconstruction of Portion of 69th Street

The Borough of Avalon is receiving a $177,000 grant from the New Jersey Department of Transportation. The grant will be used for the Borough's reconstruction of a portion of 69th Street between Dune Drive and Ocean Drive. The project is expected to begin in 2020.

Avalon Receives $177,000 NJDOT Grant for Reconstruction of Portion of 69th Street

New Jersey Moves Closer To Banning Plastic Bags - And Paper Ones, Too

New Jersey lawmakers moved closer Thursday to banning plastic and paper bags, along with Styrofoam containers, in what would be one of the strictest bans in the nation. Lawmakers in the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee approved an amended version of the bill that calls for single-use plastic bags and paper bags to be banned one year after the law goes into effect. Styrofoam cups and food containers, like ones used for takeout food, would be banned two years after the law is signed.

New Jersey Moves Closer To Banning Plastic Bags - And Paper Ones, Too

Upcoming Thanksgiving-Christmas-New Year Trash/Recycling/Brush Schedule in Avalon

The Avalon Department of Public Works has announced the following adjustments to various scheduled pickups for upcoming collection schedules:

Thanksgiving week: Trash and recycling normal schedule, brush collection will occur on Wednesday, instead of Thursday.

Christmas and New Year's weeks: Trash and recycling normally collected on Wednesday will be collected on Thursday, both weeks.

Upcoming Thanksgiving-Christmas-New Year Trash/Recycling/Brush Schedule in Avalon

Beach Patrol Building Moves Ahead

Stone Harbor Borough Council received an update recently on the proposed new Beach Patrol building at 95th Street and the beach. An earlier presentation included a design with an estimated cost of just over $4 million. The reworked design shaved $500,000 off the estimate. It did so largely through changes to aspects of the project that sit outside or on the periphery of the building. Several council members expressed support for the modified design. While no formal vote was taken, Business Administrator Jill Gougher was authorized to move ahead with the permitting process. A tentative schedule for the project included a permitting and detailed design phase that would run until April or May 2020.

Beach Patrol Building Moves Ahead

8th Street Jetty Project to Begin; Active Construction Site, Off Limits to Fishermen

The Borough of Avalon held a pre-construction meeting on Friday, November 22nd with South State Construction of Egg Harbor Township to discuss the upcoming repairs to the 8th Street Jetty in the Borough. Council has awarded a contract to South State to make repairs to the jetty, which was damaged during Winter Storm Jonas in January, 2016. The foundation of the jetty was compromised and large rock has been displaced. The Borough previously placed signs adjacent to the jetty and concrete barrier to deter members of the public from accessing the structure. The jetty will become an active construction zone during a period of time from mid-December, 2019 to early January, 2020.

8th Street Jetty Project to Begin; Active Construction Site, Off Limits to Fishermen

Postal Food Collection Solicits Donations

The letter carriers, rural and city, along with many other postal employees and volunteers will be collecting non-perishable food December 7, according to coordinator John Vollrath. Those postal personnel are from the following post offices throughout Cape May County: Cape May, Court House, Villas, Rio Grande, Wildwood, Stone Harbor, Avalon, Sea Isle City, Ocean View, Ocean City, Marmora and Woodbine. All will be collecting non-perishable food items to fill local food banks.

Postal Food Collection Solicits Donations

The American Legion Post 331 To Host a Luncheon for World War II and Korea Veterans

If you are a veteran of World War II or the Korean Conflict, The American Legion wants to buy you lunch. The American Legion Post 331 and Sons of American Legion Squadron 331, Stone Harbor, will honor local World War II and Korean War veterans with a free luncheon at its annual Pearl Harbor Day event, Saturday, December 14, 2019, 1 - 3 p.m. at the Stephen C. Ludlam Post 331 headquarters, 11617 2nd Avenue. Post 331 will also present its annual Home for the Holidays travel package awards to selected Coast Guard members stationed in Cape May.

The American Legion Post 331 To Host a Luncheon for World War II and Korea Veterans

2019 Christmas Parades & Tree Lightings in Cape May County

Check out all the Christmas Parades and Tree Lightings throughout Cape May County this holiday season!

2019 Christmas Parades in Cape May County

2019 Christmas Tree Lightings in Cape May County

Avalon to Study Sewer System Flow

At a recent work session, Avalon Borough Council discussed the need for an "infiltration and inflow study" of the sewer system. The Cape May County Municipal Utilities Authority (MUA) spreads its charge to individual municipalities based on each municipality's share of total wastewater flow to the MUA. In recent years, some of the county's municipalities have seen spikes in their share of total wastewater flow, leading to unbudgeted increases in fees. Like Avalon, Middle Township has recently undertaken a study of flows from its aging sewer system. What both towns are seeking is evidence of groundwater infiltration or stormwater inflow that is inappropriately entering the sewer system and causing higher MUA costs.

Avalon to Study Sewer System Flow

FEMA Delays Flood Insurance Hike Until 2021

New Jersey residents will have a reprieve before flood insurance premiums will likely rise. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was set to implement a new initiative, known as Risk Rating 2.0, designed to "deliver flood insurance rates that people trust, value, and are less complex to navigate," beginning in October 2020. FEMA previously announced that National Flood Insurance Program premiums will increase an estimated average of $873 per policy to $972, or 11.3 percent. But nearly 80 percent of policyholders already paying the full-risk rate will not experience the increase, the agency said.

FEMA Delays Flood Insurance Hike Until 2021

Avalon Beach Fill Completed

The Army Corps of Engineers completed the 2019 Avalon beach replenishment project November 10. The project was completed ahead of schedule. This year, Avalon received a total of 675,000 cubic yards of sand on its north-end beaches, from Ninth to 20th streets. The replenishment is part of a federal program to rebuild protective beaches and dunes on a three-year cycle. The next federally sponsored replenishment is scheduled for 2022.

Avalon Beach Fill Completed

Contract Awarded to Repair Avalon Jetty

Avalon Borough Council awarded a $2.5 million contract to South State, Inc., of Bridgeton, November 13 for the repair of the Eighth Street jetty, damaged in Winter Storm Jonas in 2016. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) agreed to $4 million in federal disaster funds for the jetty's repair.

Contract Awarded to Repair Avalon Jetty

NJDEP Urges Drivers To Be Extra Cautious During Peak Deer Mating Season

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish and Wildlife is urging drivers to use extra caution and watch for white-tailed deer as deer mating season gets under way. Peak mating season for deer in New Jersey runs throughout November and into mid-December in all areas of the state. During this time of year, deer are more likely to suddenly run onto roadways as bucks pursue does, risking the possibility of colliding with a vehicle. when visibility may be difficult.

NJDEP Urges Drivers To Be Extra Cautious During Peak Deer Mating Season

American Legion Post #331, Avalon Hold Veterans Day Ceremony

American Legion Post #331 and the Borough of Avalon held a Veterans Day ceremony Monday morning, November 11th. The Post and Mayor Marty Pagliughi recognized World War II veteran Frank D'Elia who celebrated his 100th birthday.

American Legion Post #331, Avalon Hold Veterans Day Ceremony

Do Turkey Day 2019

Don't feel like cooking Thanksgiving dinner this year? Celebrate Thanksgiving at the shore and let someone else do the work for you! Find out where you can enjoy Thanksgiving dinner around Cape May County on Thursday, November 28th.

Do Turkey Day 2019

Congressman Van Drew Joins Local Officials on Victory Regarding Beach Nourishment

New Jersey Congressman Jeff Van Drew held a press conference on Friday, November 8th at North Wildwood's 7th Street beach to discuss a ruling by Department of Interior Secretary David Bernhardt regarding the availability of sand from Hereford Inlet for non-emergency federal beach stabilization projects. Congressman Van Drew asked Secretary Bernhardt for a meeting involving officials from Avalon, Stone Harbor, and North Wildwood who were all impacted by a decision by Fish and Wildlife's interpretation of a federal statue for which the Secretary disagreed, and supported all three coastal communities.

Congressman Van Drew Joins Local Officials on Victory Regarding Beach Nourishment

Senators Announce Nearly $2M to Aid Repair of Damaged Avalon Jetty

U.S. Sens. Robert Menendez and Cory Booker (both D-NJ) announced a grant providing $1.95 million in federal funding to the Borough of Avalon to aid in repairs to the Eighth Street jetty as a result of Winter Storm Jonas, a record blizzard that dumped more than three feet of snow on parts of New Jersey in January 2016 and caused severe erosion and flooding along the shore. The funding was authorized under Section 406 of the Robert T. Stafford Act. Jonas caused an estimated $67 million in damage in Cape May County alone, over $80 million statewide. The federal grant represents 75% of the total $2,601,598 project cost to repair the jetty.

Senators Announce Nearly $2M to Aid Repair of Damaged Avalon Jetty

Department of Interior Secretary Approves Avalon/Stone Harbor/North Wildwood Position on Hereford Inlet

United States Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt issued an administrative directive on Monday, November 4th that permits the use of non-emergency federal funds for periodic beach nourishment projects, particularly in Stone Harbor and North Wildwood. The directive follows a meeting hosted by Secretary Bernhardt at the Department of Interior on Monday, October 21st scheduled by Congressman Jeff Van Drew and attended by representatives of Avalon, Stone Harbor, and North Wildwood. This directive reverses a recent position by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service that prevented the sand that has accumulated in the Inlet from prior beach fills to be used for protective measures against future storm events.

Department of Interior Secretary Approves Avalon/Stone Harbor/North Wildwood Position on Hereford Inlet

Notice of Construction on Ingrams Thorofare Bridge on Avalon Boulevard

The County of Cape May has entered into a contract with South State Construction for the reconstruction of the existing bridge deck and miscellaneous structural repairs to the Ingram's Thorofare Bridge located along Avalon Boulevard. Work on the project will begin by the middle of November 2019 and will proceed in two stages due to the magnitude of the work. Stage one will involve the replacement of the concrete deck of the east bound lane and shoulder. Work will proceed as Stage 1 thru the winter and into the spring of 2020. The work on Stage 1 is expected to terminate by May 7, 2020 and the project will undergo a seasonal shutdown thru the summer months. Work will resume as Stage 2 on the second Monday in September 2020. The project has an overall final completion date of June 18, 2021.

Notice of Construction on Ingrams Thorofare Bridge on Avalon Boulevard

Wetlands Institute Research - Habitat Use and Nesting Success of Wading Birds

Wetlands Institute Research Scientist Sam Collins recently presented a poster at the joint meeting of the Association of Field Ornithologists and the Wilson Ornithological Society, held this year in Cape May and organized by New Jersey Audubon and the Cape May Bird Observatory. She and Dr. Lisa Ferguson (the Institute's Director of Research and Conservation) have been looking into the habitat use and nesting success of wading birds on two marsh islands--Sturgeon Island and Gull Island. They have been focusing on four colonial nesting species in particular: Black-crowned Night-Heron, Glossy Ibis, Snowy Egret, and Great Egret.

Wetlands Institute Research - Habitat Use and Nesting Success of Wading Birds 

Stone Harbor Plans for Beach, Bay Expenses

At a recent meeting, Stone Harbor Borough Council heard capital budget projections for almost $6 million over five years for beach replenishment, back bay dredging, and flood mitigation efforts. The $5.7 million budget projection represents the total in funds scheduled to be put aside over the next five budget cycles to deal with the recurring, expensive projects aimed at open bay channels, protected beaches, and better flood mitigation infrastructure.

Stone Harbor Plans for Beach, Bay Expenses

Borough of Stone Harbor Flood Information Newsletter

All properties located within the Borough of Stone Harbor are in a Special Flood Hazard Area between the Atlantic Ocean and the bay and are subject to serious flooding conditions during major storms. The Borough of Stone Harbor Flood Information Newsletter contains many topics that suggest possible actions that a homeowner can take to protect themselves, family and property in the event of a Hurricane or Coastal Storm.

Borough of Stone Harbor Flood Information Newsletter

Construction on Portions of Fifth Avenue, 47th Street, 68th Street Begins in Early November

The Borough of Avalon held a pre-construction meeting with Asphalt Paving Systems of Hammonton, NJ recently to discuss Contract M-115, previously approved by Avalon Borough Council. This contract will result in various street, concrete, and utility work on a portions of Fifth Avenue, 47th Street, and 68th Street.

Construction on Portions of Fifth Avenue, 47th Street, 68th Street Begins in Early November

USCG Cutter McShan Commissioned

In a morning of tradition and firsts, and with a heartfelt order to board and bring the cutter to life, the Coast Guard commissioned the USCGC Angela McShan in Cape May on October 26th. The cutter's homeport will be Cape May. It is named for Master Chief Angela M. McShan, the first black woman promoted to master chief petty officer in the Coast Guard. Several of McShan's family members attended the event, held under overcast skies dockside, along with many who served with her. McShan's sister, Marilyn Williams, gave the order for the cutter's first crew to board the new vessel. They stood at the port rail as she formally commissioned the cutter into service.

USCG Cutter McShan Commissioned   

Contract Awarded by Avalon Council for Paving of Various Streets

The Avalon Borough Council approved a contract with Asphalt Paving Systems, of Hammonton, New Jersey for construction work on three streets in the Borough. The contract requires Asphalt Paving Systems to conduct paving of three streets including Fifth Avenue south of 42nd Street (paving and concrete); 68th Street from Dune Drive to Ocean Drive (paving, concrete, and sewer), and 47th Street from Dune Drive to Ocean Drive (paving/concrete/water/sewer/stormwater). The Borough received a grant totaling $150,000 from the New Jersey Department of Transportation for work on 68th Street. The total cost of the project is $1,967,600. The construction timeline will require Asphalt Paving Systems to complete the work on or before May 18, 2020.

Contract Awarded by Avalon Council for Paving of Various Streets

Sand Won't Come from Dunes

At a special meeting of Stone Harbor Borough Council, Stone Harbor's governing body decided not to participate in a program that would've taken sand from the dunes to replenish beaches. The dilemma confronting the borough stems from a 3-year-old decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that bans the borrowing of sand from Hereford Inlet. Until then, the inlet was the primary borrow area for federal hydraulic beach replenishment projects in the borough. Without the ability to take sand from Hereford Inlet, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the state Department of Environmental Protection offered Stone Harbor an option of taking sand from the highest dunes and moving it seaward over the beaches. Council members feared that they would lower the protective dunes at a time when the borough is embarking on a series of moves to better protect the island community from sea-level rise and frequent severe storms.

Sand Won't Come from Dunes

Work to Begin This Fall on Ingram's Thorofare High Span Bridge on Avalon Boulevard

The County of Cape May owns and maintains the Ingrams Thorofare Bridge, the high span bridge in Middle Township on Avalon Boulevard, west of the Avalon municipal boundary. The bridge will be re-decked and the project is expected to take two years, during the off season only. A temporary traffic signal will be installed on both sides of the bridge as is it anticipated that one lane of traffic will be closed during the majority of this project.

Work to Begin This Fall on Ingram's Thorofare High Span Bridge on Avalon Boulevard

Avalon Family Donates Home to Habitat for Humanity

A family has donated an entire house to Habitat for Humanity and also contributed to the cost to move it from Avalon to a lot in Upper Township. Getting an entire home donated isn't commonplace, said Sarah Matthews, executive director of the charity's Cape May chapter. The process is moving quickly as a result. The Redwood Avenue plot, which the township previously donated to Habitat for Humanity, is already equipped with a well and a septic system, and the chapter is preparing to open up applications to families.

Habitat for Humanity House Moved from Avalon to Marmora (Picture Gallery)

Information Regarding Lead Service Lines in Stone Harbor

"In light of recent news articles regarding the State of New Jersey's inventory of lead service lines, the Borough of Stone Harbor made a clarification on the number of these lines reported for the Borough. It was reported that Stone Harbor has 1,800 lead service lines (LSLs). Unfortunately this number reflects some data that was inaccurately reported to the NJDEP, which is in the process of being corrected. The correct number is approximately 600 lines."

Information Regarding Lead Service Lines in Stone Harbor

Wetlands Institute Awarded Disney Conservation Fund (DCF) Grant

"The Wetlands Institute is excited to announce that the Disney Conservation Fund (DCF) has awarded them a $49,800 grant in recognition of critical conservation work with Diamondback Terrapins. This grant renews the DCF's support of our work for another two years, and reinforces their commitment to reverse the decline of wildlife worldwide."

Wetlands Institute Awarded Disney Conservation Fund (DCF) Grant

As Middle Neighbors Gear Up For Fight, Parkway Hotel Hits Roadblock

"A plan for a $17 million hotel just off the Garden State Parkway is in limbo after an issue with the wording of a recommendation from the Planning Board. The proposed Hampton Inn would bring tax ratables and jobs to the township, an attorney for the developer has argued. However, neighbors have spoken against the plan, citing concerns about traffic and proximity to residential neighborhoods."

As Middle Neighbors Gear Up For Fight, Parkway Hotel Hits Roadblock

Avalon Hears Recommendations for North End Drainage Project

"Borough Engineer Thomas Thornton presented Mott MacDonald's formal recommendations to Avalon Borough Council for the north end drainage improvements. The study area was from 10th to 27th streets east of Avalon Avenue. Previous recommendations based on earlier design concepts focused on a new water collection system infrastructure of larger drainage pipes and the augmenting of both the 11th Street and 22nd Street pump stations. Those earlier concepts also involved improving the outfall system, with larger pipes, but still making use of the same locations, which discharge to both the inlet and the ocean."
 
Avalon Hears Recommendations for North End Drainage Project

'Mind-Boggling' Summer Revenue In Cape May County, Officials Say

"Cape May County officials are crediting favorable summer weather for a likely record-breaking revenue season. In a news release, Cape May County Tourism Director Diane Wieland points to occupancy tax collection revenue up 8.4 percent from 2018 through July, totaling more than $7 million. The spike in occupancy tax collection indicates a minimal increase in room rates and a "substantial uptick" in overnight guests, according to county officials."

'Mind-Boggling' Summer Revenue In Cape May County, Officials Say

Autumn In South Jersey Means Monarchs In Migration 

"This is the time of year when the light shifts, the once harsh sun has a shimmery orange glow and there is an invigorating crispness in the air.Nature pauses here in South Jersey for a while as many insects and birds follow aeons-old instinct to migrate to their warm winter palaces. Monarch butterflies (subspecies Danaus plexippus plexippus) are among the travelers frequenting our shores."

Autumn In South Jersey Means Monarchs In Migration

Avalon to Receive Hydraulic Beach Fill, 475,000 Cubic Yards of Sand for North End Beaches

"The Borough of Avalon has entered into a partnership with the United States Army Corps of Engineers and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection for a hydraulic beach fill to restore north end beaches. The project is anticipated to place at least 475,000 cubic yards of sand on Avalon's beachfront from 9th Street to 20th Street to restore beaches to a federal template that existed prior storm events over the past two years."

Avalon to Receive Hydraulic Beach Fill, 475,000 Cubic Yards of Sand for North End Beaches

Zoning Enforcement to Shift to Code Enforcement Office

"At a recent meeting of Avalon Borough Council, Assistant Business Administrator James Waldron briefed council on a new plan to restructure zoning enforcement. Waldron said that given the number of demolitions and construction projects annually in the borough, the zoning official is overloaded with site plan approvals and paperwork. Zoning enforcement is a burden that borough officials want to shift elsewhere. The plan calls for enlarging the role of the borough's code enforcement office by adding zoning enforcement to its portfolio. This frees the zoning official from that task and allows for focus on plan review, approvals, and paperwork requirements."

Zoning Enforcement to Shift to Code Enforcement Office

Contract Awarded for Avalon Jetty

"Avalon Borough Council approved a $200,000 contract with Mott MacDonald Sept. 11, for design, planning and bid specifications for the rehabilitation of the 8th Street jetty damaged by Winter Storm Jonas in 2016. The contract award begins a process that should result in reconstruction of the jetty."

Contract Awarded for Avalon Jetty

A Little Off The Top: State May Rearrange Some Ocean Dunes

"New Jersey, which has waged relentless court battles to build protective sand dunes along its coast, may take the unusual step of trimming some large dunes and using the sand to widen the beach in front of them. The proposal would appear to fly in the face of strenuous and costly efforts to ensure dunes are in place along most of the state's 127-mile coastline. That included court cases against dune opponents and people seeking financial compensation for the loss of oceanfront property and ocean views. But a special set of circumstances, including robust dunes that are considerably larger than minimum standards, and a federal policy placing a traditional sand pumping site off limits to federally funded projects, has led U.S. and state authorities to consider 'harvesting' sand from some dunes in Stone Harbor."

A Little Off The Top: State May Rearrange Some Ocean Dunes

New Jersey Wind Farm May Connect To Ex-Nuke Plant Equipment

"A wind energy farm planned off the coast of Atlantic City could bring its power ashore at the site of a former nuclear power plant. Ørsted, which plans the windmill project, said recently it would run a cable from the Atlantic City offshore site to the former Oyster Creek nuclear plant in Lacey Township. There already is extensive electrical transmission infrastructure at the site. Ørsted, the Danish wind energy pioneer, says it bought “capacity interconnection rights” at the Oyster Creek site. It says it still can't calculate the final cost to bring power ashore, pending additional studies."

New Jersey Wind Farm May Connect To Ex-Nuke Plant Equipment

Vote to Purchase Smuggler's Cove Defeated 4-2

"Stone Harbor Borough Council has been discussing the potential purchase of Smuggler's Cove, an iconic spot boasting one of the borough's oldest structures and housing a marine gas station, a bait shop and a history of service to anglers whether novices or veterans. During council's regular business meeting September 17th, Council President Joselyn Rich made a motion that the borough not purchase Smuggler's Cove. It was immediately seconded by Mantura Gallagher."

Vote to Purchase Smuggler's Cove Defeated 4-2

Recycling Change Reminder

"Due to limited end markets and increased contamination potential, bulky mixed rigid plastics and shredded paper have been removed from the County's "Recommended" and "Designated" recyclables list, respectively. Changes will take effect October 1, 2019."

Cape May County Announces Recycling Changes Effective October 1, 2019

Stone Harbor Joins Central Dispatch

"Stone Harbor Borough Council approved a $500,000 purchase of radios for the police and fire departments in preparation for the move to central dispatch. The shared services agreement with the county was also approved. Stone Harbor became the most recent municipality to make the move to countywide dispatch services. So far, police departments in Lower Township and Wildwood Crest, along with emergency medical services in Lower Township, Avalon and Stone Harbor have moved under the county communications center, located at the Lower Township Public Safety Building."

Stone Harbor Joins Central Dispatch

Beach Replenishment Set To Begin This Fall

"Dredging and beachfill operations are set to begin in a portion of Cape May County this fall, officials announced. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $7.5 million contract to Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company of Oak Brook, Ill. to complete periodic beach nourishment between Avalon and Stone Harbor."

Army Corps Awards Contract For Cape May County Beach Replenishment Set To Begin This Fall

Should Stone Harbor Buy Smuggler's Cove?

"On multiple occasions, Stone Harbor Mayor Judith Davies-Dunhour has lamented the unenviable position of being caught in the middle with preserving borough history and character. At a recent Stone Harbor Borough Council meeting, she reiterated the sentiment. 'We are sometimes criticized if we do and criticized if we don't,' Davies-Dunhour said. Her reference was to those among the residents who want the borough to do more to preserve elements of the town that contribute to its special character, and those who feel the borough should not become a landlord for a private business. At issue is the future of Smuggler's Cove. A landmark for decades, the business at 81st Street and the bay is often billed as a fishing headquarters, a bait and tackle, and a marine supply store with fuel docks."

Should Stone Harbor Buy Smuggler's Cove?    

Borough to Project Budget Through '24

"Ten years can be a long time when the challenges facing a barrier island community are mounting as rapidly as the projected sea-level rise. As the 2020 budget preparation process gets underway in many of Cape May County's municipalities, the Borough of Stone Harbor is undertaking a process that will project budget requirements to 2024. At the first unveiling of the process during the recent Stone Harbor Borough Council meeting, Administrator Jill Gougher promised that a subsequent five years would be added to the projection beginning in mid-2020."
 
Borough to Project Budget Through '24

Stone Harbor Point Open to Beach Vehicle Permit Holders 9/10/19

"Effective September 10, 2019 Beach Vehicle Permit holders are now able to access Stone Harbor Point. Visit the Borough of Stone Harbor's website to access the Beach Vehicle Permit Application. All appropriate documentation and fees must be paid before the Beach Vehicle Permit application is issued."

Stone Harbor Point Open to Beach Vehicle Permit Holders 9/10/19

High Risk of Rip Currents Along Avalon Beaches Week of September 3rd

"The National Weather Service has issued an advisory for the presence of rip currents along the coastline. Please follow all instructions provided by the Avalon Beach Patrol as rip currents are difficult to see. Hurricane Dorian is expected to pass to our south later this week, likely causing rough surf and rip currents."
 
High Risk of Rip Currents Along Avalon Beaches This Week

Avalon Police Receive Third Accreditation; Top One Percent Statewide With Perfect Compliance

"The Avalon Police Department has received its third, three-year accreditation from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP). During this process, the Avalon Police Department received a perfect 100% compliance, putting the department in the top one percent of departments statewide that have been re-accredited for a second time with a perfect compliance record."

Avalon Police Receive Third Accreditation; Top One Percent Statewide With Perfect Compliance

Borough Hears Plans for Beach Patrol Building

"Stone Harbor Borough Council heard a presentation recently on the conceptual design of Beach Patrol Headquarters. The building would be located on the site of the existing facility at 95th Street and the beach. The design calls for a structure with two floors and a crow's nest. The first floor would house boats, vehicles, storage, and locker areas. The second floor is laid out for office areas and a break room. The building would be used for beach-tag sales. Restroom facilities would also be redone, with access in the same general area, but further north to allow for a circular drive drop-off point at the beach entrance."

Borough Hears Plans for Beach Patrol Building   

South Jersey Gas to Continue EFV Work, Street Paving in the Fall

"Starting in mid to late September, South Jersey Gas' contractor, Lantier Construction, will visit Avalon again to complete a project that began in the spring with the installation of the Excess Flow Valves (EFV's) that provide safety to a property and neighbor during emergencies including extreme flooding events. An additional 100 properties will be affected by this project and notification from the utility to the customer will be provided directly. Final full and half width street paving for the work that was done in the Spring will begin likely in late October with all final paving from the Spring, 2019 project to be completed by Thanksgiving Weekend, 2019."

South Jersey Gas to Continue EFV Work, Street Paving in the Fall

Flood Alert System

"In August 2017, Stockton University's Coastal Research Center placed sensors in flood-prone areas of Avalon and Longport as part of a study of nuisance flooding. The goal was to collect data that could be tied to weather information and tide levels for the development of a better predictive capability, an effort to reduce property damage caused by flooding. Stockton's Dr. Stewart Farrell and Matthew Suran went before Avalon Borough Council recently to report on the conclusion of the study."

Study Seeks to Establish Flood-Alert System

Cottages May Gain Second Floors

"The Courts are a subset of Stone Harbor's residential district, with small cottages, narrow streets and the smallest buildable lots allowed in the borough. The homes are reminiscent of the bungalows that once were staples of summer-shore living. In the recently adopted Master Plan Reexamination Report, the borough is confronted with recommendations some said would drastically change the character of the community. The report recommends additional space be allowed for storage and location of heating and air conditioning systems. It also recommends allowing 'limited' second floors for additional living space. According to the report, the recommendations are a response to requests from homeowners who feel their properties have lost value in a town increasingly dominated by larger homes. However, not all court homeowners feel the same way."

Cottages May Gain Second Floors

Study: Staring At Seagulls Could Prevent Them From Snatching Your Food

"British researchers have found that staring at seagulls could keep them from snatching your food. Scientists at the University of Exeter placed a bag of chips on the ground and tested how long it took seagulls to approach both when a human was and wasn't watching. They conducted the study in coastal towns. Out of 74 gulls, the researchers say that most flew away or didn't get near, while 27 approached and 19 completed what they dubbed the 'looking at' and 'looking away' tests. The result? The gulls, on average, took 21 seconds longer to approach the food when being stared at, according to the study."

Study: Staring At Seagulls Could Prevent Them From Snatching Your Food

So Long, Inlet Sand

"As bids go out for the upcoming federal beach replenishment on Seven Mile Island, Stone Harbor is unable to borrow sand from Hereford Inlet due to restrictions placed on the traditional borrow areas by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. That agency's interpretation of the Coastal Barrier Resources Act has upended the long-standing use of Hereford Inlet sand by the Army Corps of Engineers for hydraulic beach replenishments."

So Long, Inlet Sand 

Ocean Galleries Hosts Jane Seymour

"Ocean Galleries welcomes international artist Jane Seymour with her latest collection of gorgeous oil paintings, watercolors, and bronze sculptures. A multiple award winning actress, Ms. Seymour's collection of expressive art often reflects her passions in life and her surroundings, which is evident in her watercolors, beachscapes, and figurative paintings."

Ocean Galleries Hosts Jane Seymour

Avalon Extends Grace Period for Payment of 3rd Quarter Tax Bills

"On Wednesday, July 24th the Avalon Borough Council unanimously approved a resolution to extend the grace period for the payment of 3rd quarter tax bills to August 19, 2019. This extension was necessary due to the State of New Jersey approving its budget on June 30, 2019, the last day of the fiscal year. The County of Cape May certified the tax rate to the Borough of Avalon on July 16, 2019."

Avalon Extends Grace Period for Payment of 3rd Quarter Tax Bills

Avalon Council Reorganizes

"Avalon Mayor Martin Pagliughi, and councilmembers Barbara Juzaitis and Sam Wierman were sworn in to four year terms on Avalon Borough Council during a reorganization meeting held on Monday, July 1st. Pagliughi, Juzaitis, and Wierman all receive four year terms courtesy of the May 14th, 2019 municipal election. They took their oaths of office from New Jersey Superior Court Judge Susan Sheppard."

Avalon Council Reorganizes

Pump Station Could be Eliminated in $10M Drainage Plan

"Borough Engineer Thomas Thornton updated Avalon Borough Council on potential changes to the conceptual design of the north end drainage project recently. The projected $10 million project would revamp the systems which drain water from major rain events, like those experienced in 2005, 2009, and 2017, when several feet of water collected in the area, defeating the aging infrastructure in place. Thornton said the final report would come before council for approval in July. If council then authorizes a detailed design effort, Thornton expects that effort would be completed by December, which would allow the borough to begin the process of seeking the federal and state permits."

Pump Station Could be Eliminated in $10M Drainage Plan

Avalon Unveils New Beach Tag Art Wall to Honor Past, Future School Contest Winners 

"Avalon Mayor Martin Pagliughi unveiled a brand new wall inside Borough Hall that honors students who have created art work for annual beach tags in the community. The tags have been photographed and enlarged, showing all of the art work of the students who have created art for beach tags dating back to 1999. The wall also includes space for artwork by future honorees."

Avalon Unveils New Beach Tag Art Wall to Honor Past, Future School Contest Winners

Ultimate Beach Hacks

"The Inquirer recently asked readers for their ultimate beach hacks. They got a lot of responses, ranging from aloe cubes to heal sunburns to fitted sheets to keep sand off beach towels and baby powder as a trick to get sand off hands and feet. Of course, baby powder wasn't the only advice. From U-locks to bungee cords, check out the link below for more responses..."

Ultimate Beach Hacks

Avalon Establishes Pollinator Habitat at Armacost Park

"The Borough of Avalon has created a new pollinator habitat on the northwest corner of Armacost Park in the southern portion of the community. The new pollinator habitat is established at a site where a mowed lawn previously existed. The habitat is intended to provide a location for migratory pollinators and birds to stop during migration and help rebound the numbers of important pollinators including Monarch Butterflies on the east coast of the United States."

Avalon Establishes Pollinator Habitat at Armacost Park 

NJ Selects Ørsted for First Offshore Wind Project

"The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) June 21 unanimously granted the state's first award for offshore wind to Ørsted's Ocean Wind 1,100 megawatt (MW) project, giving the company the opportunity to build 1,100 MW of offshore wind in federal waters. According to a recent press release, the 1,100 MW of offshore wind is expected to power roughly 500,000 New Jersey homes and generate $1.17 billion in economic benefits, in addition to creating an estimated 15,000 jobs over the project life."

NJ Selects Ørsted for First Offshore Wind Project

Recycling Reminder: Do Not Place Recycling in Plastic Bags

"The Borough of Stone Harbor would like to remind residents and visitors to not place your recycling in plastic bags. Place all recyclables loose in your recycling bin."

Recycling Reminder: Do Not Place Recycling in Plastic Bags 

Dock Repairs Continue

"Business Administrator Scott Wahl provided Avalon Borough Council with an update on repair to the public dock at 24th Street and Fifth Avenue. The work was scheduled for completion by May 22 but ran into a series of delays. The most serious of which was the inability of the general contractor to get a subcontractor with the right skill set for elements of the work concerning the pilings."

Dock Repairs Continue

Avalon Implements $30,000 Tree Planting Grant, 89 New Trees Planted in Avalon

"The Borough of Avalon has completed the execution of a $30,000 grant from the New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry, New Jersey Forestry Service to plant 89 new trees at key locations throughout the community. The new trees provide both environmental and aesthetic enrichment for the Borough and culminates a cooperative effort that involved Borough employees, professionals, and volunteers who have been involved in this project."

Avalon Implements $30,000 Tree Planting Grant, 89 New Trees Planted in Avalon

2019 Master Plan Reexamination Report

"The New Jersey Municipal Land Use Law (MLUL) requires that a municipality undertake a general reexamination of its master plan and development regulations at a minimum every ten years (NJSA 40:55D-89). The report linked below is the culmination of the reexamination for the Borough of Stone Harbor and fulfills the required objectives set forth in NJSA 40:55D-89."

Borough of Stone Harbor 2019 Master Plan Reexamination Report

Avalon Offers New Tax and Water/Sewer Payment Drop Box for Nights, Weekends

"The Borough of Avalon is making it more convenient to drop off tax, and water/sewer payments to the Avalon Tax Office. A new secure drop box is available in front of Avalon Borough Hall, at 32nd Street and Dune Drive in Avalon. This service is in addition to making payments inside Borough Hall during normal business hours, and the Borough's electronic and direct debit payment programs that are currently offered."

Avalon Offers New Tax and Water/Sewer Payment Drop Box for Nights, Weekends

Slow Down for Terrapins! Nesting Season Begins, Tips for Motorists

"Protecting our local environment is most effective when it is a community-wide effort. Thank you to everyone who is doing their part! Read more for information from the Wetlands Institute of Stone Harbor."

Slow Down for Terrapins! Nesting Season Begins, Tips for Motorists

Test Planned for County's Reverse 911 System

"Cape May County will be testing its Code Red system June 7 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The program is a Reverse 911 system to notify residents in the event of a major storm event or disaster. Roughly 100,000 people who have signed up for the service in Cape May County will get the message via a phone call, text, or email. County officials use the Code Red system to notify residents and visitors in the event of an evacuation during a major storm event or in a similarly significant event."

More - Test Planned for County's Reverse 911 System

Avalon's Surfside Park Takes Shape

"Avalon's new Surfside Park is nearing overall completion with finishing touches on the park being completed in early June. The Park has been constructed by Fred M. Schiavone Construction and supported by a $2 million grant from the Cape May County Open Space program. Project management has been provided by Mott MacDonald Engineers and by the Taylor Design Group."

Avalon's Surfside Park Takes Shape

Avalon Police to Participate in "Click it or Ticket" Starting May 20th

"Avalon Police will participate in the annual “Click it or Ticket” campaign which runs from May 20th through June 2nd, 2019. The campaign is designed to remind motorists and passengers to buckle up while driving in, or riding in, a motor vehicle."

Avalon Police to Participate in "Click it or Ticket" Starting May 20th

Borough to Shift Scavenging Policy

"Bulk pickup day in Stone Harbor can mean items are put out at the curb that have use and value. In a community where a large number of property owners are not permanent residents, bulk pickup schedules offer a chance to rid the owner of items no longer wanted. Municipal ordinances state that once the items are at the curb they belong to the municipality and those who drive by seeking curbside treasures do so illegally. At its work session May 7, Stone Harbor Borough Council discussed changes to the ordinances that would allow individuals to retrieve items curbside within 72 hours of a scheduled bulk pickup date."

Borough to Shift Scavenging Policy

Drone, No-wake Ordinances OK'd 

"In an ordinance regulating the use of drones within the municipality, the borough had to retreat from an earlier attempt to ban recreational use of drones. The ordinance was adopted 'to protect the public from the hazards associated with the operation of unmanned aircraft.' "

Drone, No-wake Ordinances OK'd

Avalon Clean Water Initiative/Single Use Plastics Ordinance

"Last year the Avalon Borough Council approved Ordinance 779-2018 that supports the Avalon Clean Water Initiative. It regulates and prevents the distribution of certain plastic items deemed to constitute a threat to the environment. Avalon and Stone Harbor have adopted very similar ordinances with advice and consultation from Dr. Lenore Tedesco at the Wetlands Institute in Stone Harbor. Avalon's Clean Water Initiative includes this effort to remove single-use materials from our waterways; increases locations for monofilament disposal locations; and educates boaters on the importance of securing polluting materials during a day on the water."

Avalon Clean Water Initiative/Single Use Plastics Ordinance

Drinking Water Quality

"The Borough of Stone Harbor Annual Drinking Water Quality Report is designed to inform you about the quality water service we deliver to you every day. Their constant goal is to provide you with a safe and dependable supply of drinking water."

Stone Harbor 2019 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report/CCR 

Avalon Sand Back Passing Project to be Completed on or About April 30, 2019

"Avalon is in the final days of a major sand back passing project that results in restored beaches in the northern end of the community that were compromised during winter storm activity. The project is anticipated to conclude on Tuesday, April 30th and results in approximately 55,000 cubic yards of sand being back passed from a borrow area in the central part of the community to beach blocks between 9th through 15th streets that lost most of the beach to the toe of the dune system."

Avalon Sand Back Passing Project to be Completed on or About April 30, 2019

2019 Avalon Budget Presentation: Zero Increase in Taxes, Water/Sewer, Beach Tags

"The Avalon Borough Council formally adopted the 2019 municipal budget on April 10, 2019.  The budget includes no increases in municipal taxes, water/sewer rates, or beach tag fees.  The budget maintains a healthy surplus, and puts the Borough on a path to eliminate all long term debt, and be essentially debt-free."

 More - 2019 Avalon Budget Presentation

Avalon Police Department Public Notice/Re-Accreditation April 20, 2019

"The Avalon Police Department is scheduled for an on-site assessment as part of its program to achieve accreditation by verifying that it meets recognized professional best practices. Administered by the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, the accreditation program requires agencies to comply with best practice standards in five basic areas: the administrative function, the personnel function, the operations function, the investigative function, and the arrestee/detainee function."

Avalon Police Department Public Notice/Re-Accreditation

Brendan's Fund Kicks Off Their 28th Year!

"It has been 28 years since the creation of The Brendan Borek High Tides Memorial Fund A Pediatric Cancer Fund (aka: Brendan's Fund) serving local children and their families. For 28 years, they have provided non-medical assistance for access to care and other necessities to families in Cape May County and more recently  included families from Atlantic County. All net proceeds from their fundraising is added to the annual donation to the Brendan Borek Endowed Fund at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Your support has been crucial to their assistance of families suffering the effects of pediatric cancer."

Brendan's Fund Kicks Off Their 28th Year

2019 State of the Library - Avalon Free Public Library/Avalon History Center

"Avalon Free Public Library Erin Brown and Avalon History Center Director Nina Ranalli presented the 2019 State of the Library message to Avalon Borough Council on Wednesday, April 10th. Visit the link below to view the presentation delivered to Borough Council."

2019 State of the Library - Avalon Free Public Library/Avalon History Center

No-wake Ordinance Introduced 

"The Borough of Stone Harbor introduced an ordinance that would ban operating a vehicle on flooded streets in a manner that produces such wakes and waves. Individuals who operate motor vehicles on flooded streets in a manner that creates waves or wakes that cross the curb line are an increasing problem in shore communities facing more frequent inundation from heavy rain events and tidal flooding."

No-wake Ordinance Introduced

Stone Harbor Nun Retreat to Tear Down Current Building, Sell Portion of Property 

"Villa Maria by the Sea, the sprawling retreat home for the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary since 1937, is slated for a downgrade. Parts of the four-acre property will be sold and the existing building will be torn down and replaced by a smaller, energy-efficient one, according to a letter sent out Monday by the property's manager, Sister James Dolores."

Villa Maria by the Sea Slated for a Downgrade

Townsend's Inlet Bridge Update

"Despite adding additional manpower and work shifts (at times 24 hours per day of construction activity), several construction challenges including those associated with demolition, underwater salvage operations, and subsurface geotechnical complications have adversely affected the bridge's completion schedule. It is estimated that the Townsend's Inlet Bridge will not open before late summer."

Townsend's Inlet Bridge Update - Closed Through Late Summer
 
Avalon, Sea Isle Mayors Respond to Closing of Townsend's Inlet Bridge This Summer

Avalon Semi Annual Water Main Flushing Program 

"The Flushing Program will take place weekdays during the day from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. While  flushing an area, you may experience decreased water pressure, or temporary discoloration. This program will begin on April 22nd, and take approximately two (2) weeks to complete."

Avalon Semi Annual Water Main Flushing Program

Seasonal Beach Tags at Pre-Season Rates

 Seasonal beach tags are available at a pre-season rate of $23 through May 31st. Beach tags may be purchased via mail, smartphone app or in person. All persons 12 and over must display tags the Friday of Memorial weekend to Monday of Labor Day weekend, 10:00am - 5:00pm. Both boroughs are proud to offer free seasonal beach tags to all veterans of the United States Armed Forces. Active duty military members and their immediately families also may enjoy the beaches without a beach tag.

More Information: Avalon Beach Tags  |  Stone Harbor Beach Tags

Borough of Stone Harbor ~ 2019 Budget Presentation

"An in-depth power point presentation was given at the Borough of Stone Harbor public hearing April 2nd."

Borough of Stone Harbor 2019 Budget Presentation

Drone Ban Grounded After Outcry 

"Following challenges to its first version of an ordinance which prohibited the flying of drones in the borough except under narrow business-related conditions, Stone Harbor Borough Council reintroduced a significantly changed ordinance April 2nd."

Drone Ban Grounded After Outcry

Avalon Receives $150,000 Grant from NJDOT for Street Reconstruction Work

"Avalon will receive a $150,000 grant for the reconstruction of a portion of 68th Street in the community. The grant is coming from the highly competitive New Jersey Department of Transportation's Fiscal Year 2019 municipal aid program. The reconstruction of a portion of 68th Street between Ocean Drive and Dune Drive is expected sometime after Labor Day weekend, 2019."

Avalon Receives $150,000 Grant from NJDOT for Street Reconstruction Work

Rugby Tourney Coming to Stone Harbor

"At its March 19 work session, Stone Harbor Borough Council discussed plans for a Super Seven Rugby Tournament to be held in the borough on Labor Day Weekend. The special event application was making its way to the council for approval, but members indicated support for the event."

Rugby Tourney Coming to Stone Harbor

No 2019 Federal Beach Replenishment for Stone Harbor

"Federal hydraulic beach replenishment projects on Seven Mile Island have always encompassed the neighboring boroughs of Avalon and Stone Harbor. Not so in 2019. Stone Harbor Borough Administrator Jill Gougher told the governing body March 19 that the borough had been dropped from the planned Army Corps of Engineers' project. The replenishment was to take place this fall."

No 2019 Federal Beach Replenishment for Stone Harbor

Borough to Run EV Charging Stations

"In 2011, Avalon became the first municipality in the state to offer a public electric vehicle (EV) charging station. The initial venture was part of a public-private partnership with U-Go Stations, a company that began in 2010 to offer EV charging stations across a multi-state distributed network. At its March 13 meeting, Avalon Borough Council discussed plans for the borough to assume full responsibility for a new dual car changing station, ending the partnership with a private vendor."

Borough to Run EV Charging Stations

Stone Harbor Accorded 'Healthy Town' Designation

"The Princeton-based New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute has issued its annual New Jersey "Healthy Town" designation to eight communities participating in the Mayors Wellness Campaign (MWC), a program of the Quality Institute, in partnership with the New Jersey State League of Municipalities. According to a release, Stone Harbor has again been honored with the Healthy Town designation from the New Jersey Healthcare Quality Institute."

Stone Harbor Accorded 'Healthy Town' Designation

2019 Avalon Spring Sand Back Passing Project

"Due to emergent conditions on Avalon's north end beaches, the Borough will be implementing a sand backpassing project to restore north end beaches. This will be the fifth sand backpassing project conducted by Avalon since 2012 to make emergency repairs to beaches in advance of the Atlantic Hurricane season, which begins June 1st."

2019 Avalon Spring Sand Back Passing Project 

Avalon Offers Recycle Coach App, Weblink to Answer Solid Waste Collection Questions 

"The Borough of Avalon is providing all residents, property owners, and visitors with a new phone and website app that includes information about all solid waste, recycling, and other trash collection and disposable initiatives in the Borough. Avalon has partnered with the "Recycle Coach", provided free of charge to the Borough via an agreement with the Cape May County Municipal Utilities Authority."

Avalon Offers Recycle Coach App, Weblink to Answer Solid Waste Collection Questions 

Bulkhead Projects Get Underway In Avalon in Late March 

"The Borough will be replacing two deteriorated street-end bulkheads at the following locations: 1) 32nd Street at Ocean Drive, and 2) Fifth Avenue at 24th Street. Work is scheduled to begin at the 32nd Street bulkhead on March 20th."

Bulkhead Projects Get Underway In Avalon

Mayor Authorizes South Jersey Gas to Install Excess Flow Valves Before Memorial Day Weekend 

"Under the direction of Mayor Martin Pagliughi, South Jersey Gas will be performing the installation of approximately 650 Excess Flow Valves (EFVs) throughout the Borough starting in late March and ending before Memorial Day weekend."

South Jersey Gas to Install Excess Flow Valves

Openings Suspended on 96th Street Bridge

"Openings of the 96th Street Bridge will be suspended until repairs are completed. Estimated time for completion is approximately 2 weeks. The bridge will remain open for traffic. The USCG has been notified and has sent out a notice to boaters."

Openings Suspended on 96th Street Bridge 

Avalon Surfside Park to Feature "Surfside Live", "Surfside Jam" This Summer

"Avalon's brand new Surfside Park will present fun activities for families and young children throughout the summer. Throughout July and August, special events for children will be held on Monday evenings starting at 6:30pm called "Surfside Live", and Friday evenings through summer there will be a special "Surfside Jam", also starting at 6:30pm."
 
Avalon Surfside Park to Feature "Surfside Live", "Surfside Jam" This Summer

Army Corps Announces Partnership With Wetlands Institute for Seven Mile Island Living Laboratory

"The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Philadelphia District announced the launch of the Seven Mile Island Living Laboratory, an initiative designed to advance and improve dredging and marsh restoration techniques in coastal New Jersey through innovative research, collaboration, knowledge sharing, and practical application."

Seven Mile Island Living Laboratory

2019 Avalon Budget: No Increases in Taxes, Water/Sewer, Beach Tags; Move Towards Elimination of Long Term Debt

"The Avalon Borough Council introduced the 2019 municipal budget that totals $27,855,139 and includes no increase in the municipal tax rate, water and sewer rates, and beach tag fees. This budget substantially moves the Borough towards a position of eliminating long term debt."

2019 Avalon Budget: No Increases in Taxes, Water/Sewer, Beach Tags; Move Towards Elimination of Long Term Debt

Townsend's Inlet Bridge Reconstruction Project

"Two week look ahead for work at Townsends Inlet Spans 1-7 replacement 2/28/19 thru 3/14/19: Information was provided to the Borough of Avalon on Thursday, February 28th regarding the next two weeks of construction on the Townsend's Inlet Bridge that connects northern Avalon to Sea Isle City. This is a County-owned bridge and repairs are under the jurisdiction of the County."

Townsend's Inlet Bridge Reconstruction Project

New Policy for Kayak Storage Permits

"Stone Harbor Property Owners may apply for a Kayak space starting March 1, 2019 and continuing until March 31, 2019, proof of property ownership is required. Spaces are limited to two (2) per property."

New Policy for Kayak Storage Permits

Stone Harbor Reviews Lagoons, Oceanfront 

"Stone Harbor Borough Council received two reports from Dr. Stewart Farrell of the Stockton University Coastal Research Center focused on the current state of seven back bay lagoons and the borough ocean shoreline. The success of expensive recent back bay dredging and oceanfront beach replenishment projects in Stone Harbor were tested recently as the borough looked at how well the improvements from those projects have held up 18 months to two years later. " 

Stone Harbor Reviews Lagoons, Oceanfront 

95th Street Reconstruction Update

"Please be aware that the road construction along 95th Street will include some periodic road closings and water main turn-offs throughout the duration of the project, which is to be completed by April 27, 2019."

95th Street Reconstruction Update 

Warming Center Designated

"At its February 13th meeting, Avalon Borough Council voiced support to share its Code Blue alert warming center with Stone Harbor. The warming center is in the Avalon Senior Center, adjacent to Borough Hall and next door to the borough's Public Safety Building."

Warming Center Designated

Jitney Seeks $3 Rides 

"Avalon's jitney service began in 2013. Initial police reviews credited the service with reducing the number of driving while intoxicated arrests during the summer. Now the financial health of the service is under pressure from ride-share services like Uber. Jitney operators want to move to a flat rate of $3 at all times. They argue that the adjustment will allow them to better compete during the higher volume late evening and early morning."

More - Jitney Seeks $3 Rides 

Ready for 5G?

"Almost a year ago, Verizon Wireless approached Avalon with a request to install a series of small area nodes across the borough. The argument was that the nodes would boost capacity in the most heavily trafficked areas of the cellular network, also offloading pressure on the main network in preparation for new technologies like fifth-generation cellular wireless (5G)."

Ready for 5G?

Spring News - Stone Harbor

View the Borough's Spring Newsletter for information on recent Stone Harbor news, activities and happenings.

Stone Harbor Borough 2019 Spring Newsletter  

Avalon to Dredge Portion of Pennsylvania Harbor in Advance of Spring Boating Season

"The Borough of Avalon will conduct a maintenance dredging project in Pennsylvania Harbor that will clear the public navigation channel in advance of the spring and summer boating seasons. The project will result in over 1,300 cubic yards of material to be dredged out of the harbor just west of the street end at 21st Street. A Notice to Proceed will be issued to the contractor before the end of February; it is expected that the project will be conducted in March and conclude before mid-April."

Avalon to Dredge Portion of Pennsylvania Harbor in Advance of Spring Boating Season

Avalon CO Reaches Accord Over Sanctions

"The state Department of Community Affairs (DCA) and the Borough of Avalon building inspector have reached an agreement in the matter concerning violations of the Uniform Construction Code, essentially settling the issue. In addition, the borough is in the process of purchasing state-approved home warranties for homeowners who are not properly covered on their modular homes by Avalon Development Group, now out of business."

Avalon CO Reaches Accord Over Sanctions

Resort's Value Hits $4.85 Billion

"A year after a borough-wide reevaluation added $363 million to the cumulative assessed property values in Stone Harbor, the natural growth in assessed valuation continues to grow through new home construction."

Resort's Value Hits $4.85 Billion

Avalon Mayor Swears in New Borough Clerk, Deputy Borough Clerk

"Avalon Mayor Martin Pagliughi conducted formal swearings in for the position of Borough Clerk and Deputy Borough Clerk on Friday, February 1st in the Council meeting room. Danielle Nollett is the new Borough Clerk, replacing Marie Hood who retired; Kristen Gannon is the new Deputy Municipal Clerk, replacing Nollett who was elevated from that position."

Avalon Mayor Swears in New Borough Clerk, Deputy Borough Clerk

Avalon OKs Dredging

"Avalon Borough Council authorized a bid process Jan. 23 for a back bay dredging project in the public channel west of 21st Street in Pennsylvania Harbor. The channel was last dredged in 2015. Estimates are that it has filled with as much as 1,750 cubic yards of a silt-like material."

Avalon OKs Dredging

2019 Changes to Avalon Construction Rules, Regulations, and Practices 

"At the Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019 meeting of the Avalon Borough Council, the governing body held the second reading, public hearing, and final adoption of ordinance changes that regulate construction activity in the Borough of Avalon."

2019 Changes to Avalon Construction Rules, Regulations, and Practices 

Borough Saves Over $42,000 Via Self-Initiated Flood Insurance Audit 

"The Borough of Avalon will realize over $42,000 in savings as a result of an internal, self-initiated flood insurance audit that analyzed the coverage for all facilities in the Borough of Avalon. The audit was conducted by the office of Mayor Martin Pagliughi and by the Borough's claims adjuster."

Borough Saves Over $42,000 Via Self-Initiated Flood Insurance Audit

South Jersey Gas Pipeline Replacement Project To Begin In Stone Harbor

"South Jersey Gas is improving our natural gas infrastructure that provides safe, reliable affordable natural gas to 385.000 customers across southern New Jersey.

South Jersey Gas Pipeline Replacement Project To Begin In Stone Harbor

Avalon Obtains Federal and State Permits to Keep Road to CDF Permanently

"The Borough of Avalon has received the appropriate federal and state permits necessary to keep the road to the Borough's confined disposal facility (CDF) as a permanent structure.  The acquisition of the permits allows the road to remain in place for future years, guarantees access to the facility by Avalon and other dredging partners, and eliminates the expense of removing the road that was put in place for Avalon's recently completed back bay dredging project."

Avalon Obtains Federal and State Permits to Keep Road to CDF Permanently

Work to Begin on 35th Street Construction Project on January 11th

"A Notice to Proceed has been issued to Mathis Construction Company, Inc. for the reconstruction of 35th Street between First Avenue and Dune Drive.  This project will begin on Friday, January 11th with an evaluation of test pits on the easterly and westerly side of the project."

Work to Begin on 35th Street Construction Project on January 11th

Avalon Participates in 646 Safety Training Sessions, Receives Dividend from Insurance Fund

"The Borough of Avalon stands atop the list of 40 communities in the Atlantic County Joint Insurance Fund (ACMJIF) regarding the number of safety training courses taken by its employees.  Through the end of September, 2018, Avalon municipal employees have participated in 646 training sessions which is the most among Fund members.  Avalon employees have accounted for 520 online training sessions which is the highest among any of the member communities.  Employees also have 126 classroom visits, third overall in the ACMJIF."

Avalon Participates in 646 Safety Training Sessions, Receives Dividend from Insurance Fund

Reminder From The Borough Of Stone Harbor: No Dogs at Stone Harbor Point & Drone Usage

"Stone Harbor Point is a Wildlife Conservation Area and there are strict guidelines in place to protect this area. Please be conscious of the rules and regulations and respect the importance and beauty of of this natural habitat."

Reminder: No Dogs at Stone Harbor Point & Drone Usage

Cape May County Unveils Online Flood Risk Map System

"The Cape May County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has launched a flood risk mapping system that will show the real flood risk on streets and neighborhoods as it relates to specific storm events."

Cape May County Unveils Online Flood Risk Map System 

Notice: Reconstruction of Portion of 20th Street Begins Week of December 17th

"The reconstruction of a portion of 20th Street between First and Avalon avenues is expected to begin mid-week during the week of December 17th. The contractor for the project is Asphalt Paving Systems. They will be installing well points on the south side of this one-block section of street to begin the construction process."

Notice: Reconstruction of Portion of 20th Street Begins Week of December 17th

Barbara Juzaitis Joins Avalon Borough Council to Fill Unexpired Term 

"The Avalon Borough Council has selected longtime resident Barbara Juzaitis to serve the remainder of an unexpired term on Council vacated by the retirement of Dick Dean. Juzaitis was sworn in to her position by Mayor Martin Pagliughi during the Wednesday, December 12th Borough Council meeting."

Barbara Juzaitis Joins Avalon Borough Council to Fill Unexpired Term 

Avalon Rescue Squad Purchases New Ambulance, Funding Provided Through Donations

"The Avalon Rescue Squad, Inc. has purchased a new 2018 Ford E450 Horton Ambulance. The purchase of the new ambulance was made possible through the Squad's own three-year fundraising effort without the need for financing nor funds from the Avalon municipal budget. The Avalon Rescue Squad is a 501c(3) provides emergency medical services through a partnership with the Borough of Avalon."

Avalon Rescue Squad Purchases New Ambulance

Standard and Poor's Awards Avalon Exemplary AAA Bond Rating

"The Borough of Avalon has achieved an AAA bond rating from Standard and Poor's, the highest rating offered by the financial service. The AAA rating was confirmed in a letter sent to the Borough on October 11th, 2018. Avalon has now maintained an AAA bond rating with both Standard and Poor's and Moody's Investment services for over a decade."

Standard and Poor's Awards Avalon Exemplary AAA Bond Rating

Look Ahead: County Update on Work on Townsend's Inlet Bridge

"Townsend's Inlet Spans 1-7 two week look ahead for the period 10/25/18 thru 11/8/18. As of 10/25/18, the contractor successfully stabilized pier 5 and the cantilevered span 5 to permit the continuation of the demolition process. By 10/26/18 the superstructure of spans 5, 6 and 7 will have been removed from the bridge.  During the week of 10/29/18 thru 11/7/18 the contractor will be saw cutting piers 5 and 6 and will remove these piers."
 
Townsend's Inlet Bridge Construction Update

Construction Begins Late October for Avalon's New Surfside Park

"Construction is expected to begin on Monday, October 22nd on a major new addition to the Borough of Avalon's recreational facilities. Surfside Park, a brand new park with abundant green space and a new playground, will be constructed adjacent to the Avalon boardwalk at 30th Street."

Avalon's New Surfside Park

South Jersey Gas Resiliency/Service Improvement Project Details, Phase 2/3

"This project increases resiliency and reduces the number of gas leaks calls that occasionally develop throughout the year, and are more prevalent during recovery from major storm events, like Hurricane Sandy. Phase 2 and Phase 3 of the project is coming starting the week of Monday, October 22nd. This will result in 50,000 feet of new gas main being placed largely in the north end of the community, with work to be conducted on portions of Avalon Avenue and First Avenue, along with laterals to adjacent homes, where necessary."

South Jersey Gas Resiliency/Service Improvement Project Details, Phase 2/3

Avalon Resident Dr. Loretta Finnegan Honored by First Lady in Philadelphia 

"Longtime Avalon resident Dr. Loretta Finnegan was honored by First Lady Melania Trump and other officials during Mrs. Trump's visit to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital on Wednesday, October 17th. Mrs. Trump delivered the welcoming remarks at the National Convening on Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome hosted by the Department of Health and Human Services.'

Avalon Resident Dr. Loretta Finnegan Honored by First Lady in Philadelphia 

Borough of Stone Harbor ~ Progress Report on Hazard Mitigation Initiatives 

View the detailed progress report on Hazard Mitigation Initiatives that the Borough of Stone Harbor has chosen to pursue in the future to reduce the effects of hazards.

Borough of Stone Harbor ~ Progress Report on Hazard Mitigation Initiatives

Stone Harbor Launches Participation in the "Recycle Coach" APP

"Not sure what can be recycled? When your trash and recycling days are? Bulk Trash Pick-up day? Recycle Coach provides accurate, up-to-date information on Stone Harbor recycling schedules in a handy, user-friendly mobile format."

Stone Harbor Recycle Coach

Avalon Now Hosts Own Independent Weather Station for Storm Tracking, Historical Archiving

"The Avalon Office of Emergency Management has installed a new weather system that provides continual weather monitoring and maintains historical data for the Borough for many years to come. A new Davis Vantage Pro 2 weather station has been installed on the radio tower adjacent to the public safety building."

Avalon's Independent Weather Station

Townsend's Inlet Bridge to Close September 17th, 2018 for Construction

"The County of Cape May has announced that the Townsend's Inlet Bridge will be closed to the public starting Monday, September 17th, 2018 and will likely remain closed through May 22nd, 2019. The purpose of the closure is to conduct four separate rehabilitation projects on the bridge, including major work on the Avalon side of the span."

Townsend's Inlet Bridge Closure

Off Season Residential Property Check Available To Homeowners 

"The Stone Harbor Police Department wants to ensure that all homeowners are aware that off season residential property checks are available. Since the Borough of Stone Harbor is a seasonal resort the Police Department can routinely inspect the exterior of your property to make sure that it is secure. This is a "Free" service that the department offers to property owners."

Off Season Residential Property Check Available To Homeowners | View/Print Participation Form

Reminder: New Overlay Area Code for Avalon, Southern New Jersey
Beginning in August, 2018 

"To ensure a continuing supply of telephone numbers, the new area 640 code is being added to the same geographic area currently served by the existing 609 area code in New Jersey. This process is known as an area code overlay, and requires a new dialing procedure. In connection with this overlay, all seven-digit dialed calls between area codes 609 and 856 will be eliminated and will require a new dialing procedure."

  Call From    Call To   New Dialing Procedure
  609 or 640   609 or 640   Area code + 7-digit telephone number
  609 or 640   856 or any area code other than 609 or 640   1 + area code + 7-digit telephone number
  856   609 or 640 or any area code other than 856   1 + area code + 7-digit telephone number
  856   856   7-digit telephone number

New Overlay Area Code for Avalon, Southern New Jersey

Lowest Overall Tax Rate in Cape May County

"The Borough of Avalon has again achieved the lowest overall tax rate in Cape May County. New certifications were released by the Cape May County Board of Taxation."

Avalon Tax Rate

Avalon Municipal Budget 2018

The Avalon Borough Council formally introduced the 2018 municipal budget at the Wednesday, February 28th Council meeting.

Avalon Introduces Municipal Budget; Decrease in Tax Rate; Lowest Tax Rate in County

Stone Harbor Municipal Budget 2018

A special meeting was held on February 17th to review the 2018 municipal budget for the Borough of Stone Harbor.

Presentation of Stone Harbor Municipal Budget 2018 -  View Presentation

Annual Report - Stone Harbor Beaches

This annual report presents the status of the beaches and dunes within the Borough of Stone Harbor from October 2016 to October 2017.

2017 Annual Report On Condition Of Municipal Beaches - Read Full Report

 

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