Plans for the new Surfside Park at 30th Street in Avalon moved closer to reality Oct. 10 when Borough Council awarded the construction contract for the almost $2.5-million project. The project is supported in large part through a $2-million county grant.

WOODBINE — The Borough of Woodbine has made two applications to the New Jersey Department of Transportation for grant funding under its Municipal Aid, Program, totaling over $620,000, according to Mayor William Pikolycky in a release.

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Legislation sponsored by Sen. Jeff Van Drew (D-1st) and Senate Government Wagering, Tourism, and Historic Preservation Committee Chair James Beach (D-6th) that would require the Department of Transportation, in consultation with the Department of Agriculture, to establish the “Viticulture Trail Sign Program” passed the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism, and Historic Preservation Committee Oct. 18.

At the Oct. 10 Avalon Borough Council meeting, Municipal Engineer Thomas Thornton presented plans for beginning the long-discussed project to alleviate flooding from rain events in the borough’s north end.

Upper Township Committee received a briefing Oct. 9 from Committee member John Coggins regarding a request to disburse township funds for the municipality's economic development committee.

According to Borough Administrator Constance Mahon, a contract was awarded to South Shore LLC for the Sunset Lake Stabilization Project. 

During public comment at Upper Township's Committee meeting Oct. 9, a resident who lives on Harbor Road at Beesley's Point asked Mayor Richard Palombo to address "rumors" that have been circulating regarding the parking area at that location.

During public comment at Upper Township's Committee meeting Oct. 9, Committee member Hobart Young fielded a question from a resident who was concerned about what had happened to the memorial pickets that formed the fencing around the Fort Nuwi Playground at Andrew's World at Caldwell Park on Stagecoach Road.

A resident who lives on Sunset Drive, which abuts the entrance to Amanda's Field in Upper Township on Route 50, presented complaints to Upper Township Committee Oct. 9, about the out-of-control parking during events.

A planned $9-million purchase of a former car dealership at 16th Street and Simpson Avenue continued to dominate the conversation in Ocean City. The city clerk rejected a petition drive aimed at bringing the matter to a referendum, and fresh voices spoke in support of the move.

Freeholders passed a resolution at their Oct. 9 meeting awarding a five-year medical services contract to CFG Health Systems, LLC, to provide inmates medical service at the new jail, currently under construction.

The North Wildwood Police Department, in conjunction with the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) New Jersey Division, will host Operation Take Back New Jersey Oct. 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Questions on city practices found themselves centered on the Doo-Wop culture and its place in Wildwood's future.

Committee member Hobie Young informed Mayor Richard Palombo and others Oct. 8 that "I've been receiving numerous phone calls during the last few weeks about the 'dismal' condition of the boat ramp at Beesley's Point.

Avalon Borough Council continued its discussion Oct. 10 of proposed changes to construction regulations, seeking to respond to widespread calls for better regulation.

Freeholders passed two resolutions Oct. 9 that will turn the former Kmart into office space for the county and state, and talks are underway to include a medical clinic for veterans.

Mayor Leonard Desiderio announced at Sea Isle City’s Council meeting Oct. 9 that the municipality expected to be awarded $935,605 of county Open Space funding to improve the fishing pier and construct a kayak launch on the bayside area behind the hockey courts at Dealy Field.

At Upper Township's Committee meeting Oct. 9, Committee member Hobie Young announced that two builders, who wanted to remain anonymous, had donated materials, equipment and work crew time to repair and renovate the press box at the football field at Caldwell Park on Stagecoach Road. 

During public comment at Sea Isle City's Council meeting Oct. 9, a resident asked if there was a "break in the system" at 44th Street and Central Avenue since there was flooding that day, where there never had been flooding before during a non-storm event. 

When the temperature outside reaches 32 degrees, where do the homeless go to get protection from the elements? That is the question freeholders are working to answer.

During public comment at Dennis Township's Committee meeting Oct. 9, a resident inquired as to the purpose of one of the resolutions approved regarding submission of a grant to the state Department of Transportation.

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded $1,283,280 in housing counseling grants Oct. 10 to help hundreds of households find housing, make more informed housing choices, or keep their current homes.

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Victorian Cape May faces a crisis with its historical bed-and-breakfast inns. That was the message delivered to City Council Oct. 2 by representatives of the Historic Accommodation B&B Association.

City Clerk Scott Jett announced that the city's Planning Board would conduct a public hearing Oct. 10 at 6:30 p.m. regarding its master plan.

Mayor Patrick Rosenello explained upcoming improvements to City Hall property as City Council awarded a contract for pedestrian access improvements Oct. 2.

In the 1970s, Cape May’s many examples of Victorian architecture were in danger. No historic status protected them. A team of architects and preservationists from the Historic American Building Survey (HABS) sought to preserve the buildings and tell their story. 

Stone Harbor Public Works Director Grant Russ gave his monthly report to the governing body Oct. 2 noting that the concession stands were all off the beaches and the parking meters and kiosks had all been turned off. 

Cape May City Council heard from Water and Sewer Superintendent Carl Behrens Oct. 2 about an incident in which all of the alarms and emergency plans operated in the way they were supposed to operate. 

Stone Harbor Borough Council moved to implement the terms of its affordable housing settlement preserving its legal immunity against suit by developers who build high-density low and moderate-income housing.

In order to better protect farmlands against the threat of vandalism and trespassing, Assembly Democrats Robert Andrzejczak (2nd), Eric Houghtaling, and Adam Taliaferro have taken action, sponsoring legislation to update and clarify penalty provisions for vandals and trespassers. Their bill was signed into law Oct, 4, 2018 by Gov, Phil Murphy, according a release.

A Cape May City Council meeting Oct. 2 witnessed a noisy quarrel over city appointments to a committee – again.

At its Oct. 1 meeting, Middle Township Committee agreed to issue a social affairs permit that will allow New Jersey Cape Diagnostic, Training and Opportunity Center to have a beer tent at this year’s Harvest Festival, Oct. 27.

Phase one of ACE’s plan was presented as the utility’s attempt to increase the resiliency of its infrastructure on Seven Mile Island and to add the capacity the utility said is needed to cope with the demands of rapid growth of high energy-use homes.

The drainage pipe from Cox Hall Creek that collapsed on Clubhouse Road at the “S” curve in Lower Township has been repaired.