FIVE MILE ISLAND – The mayors of the four municipalities of the Five Mile Island of the Wildwoods are urging non-permanent residents to remain at their primary residences rather than relocate to their homes in North Wildwood, Wildwood, West Wildwood, and Wildwood Crest.
According to a March 18 release, the Five Mile Island of the Wildwoods has always been and will continue to be a welcoming place for people from all over to visit and enjoy public beaches, parks, boardwalk, and local businesses, especially in the heat of the tourist/summer season.
During the tourist/summer season (typically May through September), essential municipal public safety departments, police and fire, as well as hospitals, grocers, and businesses, increase staffing and supplies based on the anticipated increase in population to prepare for the needs of vacationers and non-permanent residents.
However, during the “off-season” (typically October through April), staffing and supplies are significantly lower, based on the needs of permanent full-time residents.
In coherence with Gov. Phil Murphy’s Executive Orders 103 and 104, most private businesses on the island, including restaurants, are closed or operating on a limited schedule, with limited supplies.
With many businesses closed and because of concerns of putting a stress on food services, pertinent supplies and the capabilities of the medical system necessary to support the permanent full-time residents of the Wildwoods, the mayors of North Wildwood, Wildwood, Wildwood Crest and West Wildwood, are urging non-permanent residents to stay home at their primary residence, rather than relocate to their second homes in the Wildwoods.
“With March’s typical numbers for staffing/supplies and most businesses running on restricted hours, mandatory closures, and limited goods, our barrier island cannot support such an expedient and drastic increase in population during this time of the year,” stated North Wildwood Mayor Patrick Rosenello.
“We, as the mayors of all four towns, which have been through multiple major coastal storms that required evacuations, understand how debilitating emergencies can be on our barrier island, which is why we are stressing our second homeowners to stay home, rather than relocating to the Wildwoods during the COVID-19 outbreak,” stated Wildwood Mayor Pete Byron.
“It is in the best interest of the Wildwoods, as well as the second homeowners of the Wildwoods and Cape May County, for everyone to stay home at their primary residences, rather than debilitating all supplies and infrastructure on our island during this state of emergency. This is simply a matter of human compassion. I prefer access to Cape May County and the Wildwoods’ bridges temporarily closed unless living here year-round, employed on the island, or caring for a senior or person needing assistance,” stated Borough of Wildwood Crest Mayor Don Cabrera.
“Being the smallest of the municipalities of the Wildwoods, West Wildwood understands the strain this could put on our municipal departments, infrastructure, and permanent full-time residents, which is why this message is so important,” stated Borough of West Wildwood Mayor Chris Fox.