Stone Harbor NJ update

A comprehensive list of Frequently Asked Questions from the Borough of Stone Harbor:

FAQ Regarding COVID-19.

Recreation and public facilities (such as restrooms) are closed.

Beaches remain open for now.

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Avalon NJ update from the Mayor

BOROUGH OF AVALON
Cape May County, New Jersey
OFFICE OF THE MAYOR
Martin L. Pagliughi, Mayor

MAYORAL DIRECTIVE
ISSUED AND EFFECTIVE MARCH 30, 2020

TO: ALL BOROUGH RESIDENTS and VISITORS.
ALL BUSINESS AND COMMERCIAL OPERATIONS IN THE BOROUGH
ALL OWNERS AND EMPLOYEES OF BUSINESSES OPERATING IN AVALON
ALL BOROUGH EMPLOYEES and
OTHER INTERESTED PARTIES

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.

EO 107 became effective on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 9 PM. That Order prohibited gatherings of individuals for such purposes as parties, celebrations, or other social events, including conferences, large meetings, parades, concerts, sporting events, weddings and other types of assemblies. This Order also required that all non-essential retail businesses must close storefront and/or brick-and-mortar premises. It listed types of businesses that could remain open as “essential”. That Order further required all citizens to cease any unnecessary travel and to remain in their homes. This was for the purpose of curtailing the spread of COVID-19.

EO 108 was issued the same date to be effective on March 21, 2020 at 9 PM. EO 108 expressly provides, in part, as follows:

“[Governor Murphy] declared that, due to the State of Emergency, no municipality, county, or any agency or political subdivision of this State shall enact or enforce any order, rule, regulation, ordinance, or resolution which will or might in any way conflict with any of the provisions of my Executive Orders, or which will in any way interfere with or impede their achievement; . . .” (EO 108 pg. 2)

EO 108 further provides, in part, as follows:

“WHEREAS, certain municipalities may have legitimate concerns about an influx of new visitors, which may cause public health concerns as we impose social distancing measures and aim to avoid unnecessary increases in density of individuals; . . .” (EO 108 pg. 4)

Avalon is just such a community. Additional cases of the virus have been confirmed in Cape May County – including Avalon. This poses an imminent threat to the public health and safety and requires both immediate and drastic action.

AS MAYOR OF THE BOROUGH OF AVALON, I AM ISSUING THIS DIRECTIVE TO BE EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY AND I APPEAL TO ALL THOSE MENTIONED HEREIN:

1. Those seasonal residents of Avalon who maintain permanent residences elsewhere, are asked not to come to the Borough of Avalon during this pandemic and while the Governor’s EOs remain in effect. We value our seasonal residents and we welcome you to this wonderful community which belongs to all of us and we cherish the time you spend here. However, coming to Avalon at this time violates the travel restrictions imposed by our Governor, subjects you to fines of up to $1,000.00 and poses a public health risk by increasing the spread of this Pandemic. Remember: You can infect others even though you have no symptoms and may not even be aware that you are infected.

2. In addition to not visiting Avalon at this time, I appeal to you to. withhold your property from the rental market for the duration of the State of Emergency and Public Health Emergency due to the COVID – 19 Pandemic. I recognize that this comes as a sacrifice and inconvenience to you. However, such action on your part in withholding your property from the rental market is for the good of all – including you. It will make Avalon a safer place for all of you. I am also requesting that all Realtors comply with this appeal.

3. Measures such as I have requested come at a cost. They also require a change in plans for family and friends that may have been planned for a long time. No one saw this pandemic coming. Never has our country experienced such widespread closures of business, schools, churches, and other institutions. This is the time for all of us, regardless of our circumstances, to practice civic responsibility, remain at home to the greatest extent possible and travelling only for reasons of urgent necessity and following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and the New Jersey Department of Health as well as the guidance of the health departments in our sister states.

4. I urge my fellow citizens to practice caution, restraint, and responsibility toward others during these perilous times. It is therefore imperative that each of us complies with the Governor’s Executive Orders as issued. By your voluntary compliance with these requirements you will serve the needs of all and avoid the necessity of further laws.

Thank you.
MARTIN L. PAGLIUGHI, Mayor

 

 

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Beach Walks

I know how fortunate we are to live by the beach.

Every walk offers us the opportunity to take a deep breath, appreciate Mother Nature, and collect sea glass!

Glad to share our walks “virtually” for a few weeks until it’s safe for all of us to be together on the sand…

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Is-SEAL-lation at the Shore

Humans aren’t the only ones who like to take a nap on the beach!

We stayed a safe distance away, and I used the zoom feature on my phone for a closer look :)

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Avalon and Stone Harbor update

As of now, beach access is not limited in Avalon or Stone Harbor.

Ocean City made the tough decision today to close their boardwalk and beach to discourage social gatherings.

My hope is that the residents here continue to behave appropriately.  Our daily beach walks provide a much needed mental break!

Much of the vehicle traffic around the island is related to construction.  And that’s typical for this time of the year.

Some of the summer homes previously occupied over the weekend are now vacant.   Guessing those owners are heeding the Governor’s request and/or realizing they are better off staying close to their primary health care facilities.

I will continue to keep you posted in the days and weeks ahead…

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Working from home

If you need to reach me, the best is via email:  ann.delaney@timkerrsir.com

Every day, I am posting local pictures to my Twitter account to stay connected:  @anndelaneybeach

Thank goodness for technology!

Keeping safe so that we all can enjoy our beach days in the future :)

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Medical Facilities in Cape May County

I completely understand the need to escape to a peaceful beach town.  That’s why we love living here.

Yet our seasonal atmosphere has always presented challenges when it comes to medical care.

FACTS:

One hospital serves all of Cape May County (Cape May Point to Ocean City and all coastal and inland towns in between).  In the peak summer months, urgent care facilities pick up the slack.

When local residents need specialty care, we often have to travel out of the area.  It’s common for us to see physicians in Atlantic or Camden County, as well as Philadelphia.

This is not a knock to the Cape May County medical professionals.  Our primary doctors are providing the referrals knowing we will receive the appropriate care.

Community leaders and the Governor of New Jersey understand the limitations of the local health care system, and justifiably fear for the health and safety of us all.

 

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Shore Life

Driving around the island, I would compare the occupancy of the homes to a typical Easter weekend.

It’s not packed, yet there are definitely more properties with lights on and cars in the driveway for this time of year.

I’m okay to share space with the second home owners as long we all follow the social distancing rules to stay healthy.

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Hello

What a difference a few weeks, days, hours make. My head is spinning!

To contrast the scary news, I need to remain grateful for:

Family (including the 3 most charming grandsons ever).

Caring co-workers helping each other so we all remain safe.

A close knit business community.

The opportunity to walk a few blocks to the ocean, breathe in salt air, and shed a few tears.

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Monday Morning Views…

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