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Stone Harbor Beach Fill Operations to Commence Saturday, June 3rd

May 2, 2023


The anticipated date to start dredging and resume beach fill operations on Stone Harbor beaches is Saturday morning, June 3rd. Expect beaches from 80th Street to 84th Street (approximately) to be closed over the weekend while beach fill operations resume.

Stone Harbor Beach Fill Operations to Commence Saturday, June 3rd2023-06-02T13:27:24-04:00

Weekly Beach Fill Update, May 31, 2023

May 31, 2023

The Stone Harbor beach replenishment project draws closer to its commencement! Barring any adverse weather conditions, the project is now scheduled to start on Friday, June 2nd, marking the anticipated arrival of sand on Stone Harbor beaches.

The first phase of the project will start from 78th Street in Avalon to tie into the existing berm, and the sand placement will extend southbound until reaching 87th Street.

Weather conditions remain a determining factor, and although Saturday evening’s forecast calls for poor weather, if dredging starts on Friday, it may be possible for the contractor to work through Saturday’s conditions.

As the beach replenishment project progresses, further updates will be provided to keep residents and beachgoers informed about the project’s status.

Please note that this information is subject to change based on weather conditions and ongoing developments. Stay tuned for more updates as the project gets underway.

Weekly Beach Fill Update, May 31, 20232023-05-31T17:31:24-04:00

Weekly Beach Fill Update, May 24, 2023: Rough Seas Delay Sub-Line Removal and Connection

May 24, 2023

Rough seas have delayed the removal of the sub-line from the Avalon beach and its relocation to complete the connection from the dredge location to the booster pump. While there may be a small window of opportunity on Friday morning, most likely it will be finished by late Monday or Tuesday.

Currently, the dredge, Texas, and the booster pump are moored in Cape May Harbor and the projected start date for pumping sand onto Stone Harbor beaches is May 30, 2023. It is anticipated that there will be minimal activity on the beach over the upcoming holiday weekend.

For those that are concerned about the Oyster Catcher nest at 117th Street, we are pleased to inform you that the nest is not expected to interfere with the beach fill, as no sand is anticipated in that area.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate these challenges. Our team is working diligently to deliver a successful project. Additional updates will be provided as the project progresses.


Weekly Beach Fill Update, May 24, 2023: Rough Seas Delay Sub-Line Removal and Connection2023-05-24T15:42:29-04:00

2023 Seasonal Beach Tags Available For Purchase at Beach Tag Office in Beach Patrol Headquarters

May 24, 2023

Please note, that as of  May 20th, 2023, Seasonal Beach Tag are available for purchase daily, at the Beach Tag Office located in the Beach Patrol Headquarters located at 95th Street and the Beach.

Hours: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, daily

Seasonal Beach Tags are $32.oo each through May 31st

Starting June 1st, price is $40.00 each

2023 Seasonal Beach Tags Available For Purchase at Beach Tag Office in Beach Patrol Headquarters2023-05-24T10:15:52-04:00

Surfer Injured At Stone Harbor’s 109th Street Beach, Injuries Consistent With Bite By Shark

Stone Harbor, NJ – May 21, 2023 – On Sunday, May 21st, at approximately 3:00 pm, emergency services in Stone Harbor responded to a 911 call reporting a surfer who had sustained injuries from a possible shark attack while surfing in the waters off the 109th Street beach. The Stone Harbor Police Department, along with the Fire and Rescue Squads, promptly arrived at the scene to provide assistance.

The injured surfer, identified as a 15 year-old female from Pennsylvania, sustained several lacerations to her left foot and calf received immediate onsite medical treatment from Stone Harbor Fire/Rescue.

Subsequently, the juvenile was transported to Cape Regional Medical Center for further evaluation and care, where she received 6 stitches. Fortunately, the injuries were assessed as non-life-threatening.

The Stone Harbor Police Department has been actively collaborating with local marine life experts and professionals in an ongoing effort to determine the exact cause of the surfer’s wounds. After careful examination, it has been ascertained by the New Jersey State Southern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office that the injuries sustained by the surfer are consistent with those typically associated with a shark of unknown size and type.

At this time, no restrictions on beach activities are planned. However, the Borough of Stone Harbor urges all beachgoers to exercise caution and adhere to any safety guidelines issued by local authorities. This incident serves as a reminder of the potential risks associated with water activities in areas where marine life thrives. According to the International Shark Attack File Beach Injuries and Fatalities Report, the odds of a shark attack in the United States are 1 in 11.5 million.  However low the risk, The Borough encourages all visitors to remain vigilant.

Mayor Judy Davies-Dunhour emphasizes that “Stone Harbor remains a beloved and popular destination for beachgoers from near and far. The local police and fire departments are fully committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of both residents and tourists. They are taking appropriate measures to thoroughly assess the situation and provide necessary updates to the public.”

Updates regarding any new information or developments will be communicated to the public. Stone Harbor remains dedicated to maintaining the highest level of safety for all individuals enjoying their beautiful beaches.

Surfer Injured At Stone Harbor’s 109th Street Beach, Injuries Consistent With Bite By Shark2023-05-22T14:23:58-04:00

Public Works Department to Stop Collection of Non-Compliant Trash and Recycling Cans Starting May 29th

May 22, 2023 – A message from the Stone Harbor Department of Public Works

Starting May 29th, the Stone Harbor Public Works Department will no longer pick up non-compliant trash and recycling cans. If you have a non-compliant can (compliant cans are listed as ANSI Z245.60 Type B), we will still pick up your trash and recycling this week, however, you will be given a notice on your front door warning you of the impending change next week.

Compliant trash and recycling containers are available at all local hardware stores as well as on line. Can sizes from 32 gallons to 96 gallons can be selected. Twice a week pick up of trash and recycling is now in effect until mid-September. As always, we will retrieve and return your cans to your trash corral as long as it is not in a pool enclosed area or in a pet containment area.

Public Works Department to Stop Collection of Non-Compliant Trash and Recycling Cans Starting May 29th2023-05-22T09:44:45-04:00

Weekly Beach Fill Update, May 17, 2023 – Sand Pumping Expected to Start May 21st

May 17, 2023

Below are the latest updates on the ongoing efforts on the Avalon and Stone Harbor beach fill project. Great Lakes Dredge & Dock (GLDD), the contractor responsible for the project, has successfully placed 581,000 cubic yards of sand, completing the Avalon portion of the project.  With this phase completed, GLDD has commenced demobilizing the equipment in Avalon and is relocating it to Stone Harbor.

The dredge, currently located at Cape May Harbor, is undergoing essential preventive maintenance before commencing sand pumping operations in Stone Harbor. Meanwhile, the booster pump has arrived and is currently being set up for operation.

GLDD aims to begin pumping sand in Stone Harbor on Sunday, May 21, barring any adverse weather conditions. However, the current forecast indicates the possibility of 4 to 6 foot swells on Sunday, which could potentially delay the start of dredging. Updates on the project’s progress will be provided regularly once operations commence.

The planned sand placement for Stone Harbor is an impressive 714,000 cubic yards. Based on preconstruction surveys, modifications have been made to the beach fill template. The revised template now includes additional sand in three distinct areas:

  1. From 80th Street to 87th Street
  2. From 89th Street to 115th Street: The filling in this area will slightly narrow at 96th and 97th Streets, and tapers at the start and finish points.
  3. From 119th to 127th Street groin

GLDD intends to begin work at the northern beaches and progress southwardly, ensuring a systematic and comprehensive beach fill process.

Stay tuned for further updates as Stone Harbor’s Beach Fill Project continues!

Weekly Beach Fill Update, May 17, 2023 – Sand Pumping Expected to Start May 21st2023-05-17T14:43:49-04:00

Weekly Beach Fill Update, May 10, 2023

May 10, 2022

Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company, along with the Army Corps of Engineers is making significant progress with the Beach Replenishment project. According to the latest reports, the Avalon portion of the beach fill is expected to be finished by the evening of May 11th or the morning of May 12th.

Currently, the contractor is working on completing the pipeline which comes ashore in the area of Stone Harbor’ s 90th Street beach to the location of the booster pump, which is approximately 17,600 feet away. The booster pump will be located approximately a half-mile offshore, located at 31st Street.

After the sand pumping to Avalon is complete, the dredge will head to Cape May for preventive maintenance. Meanwhile, grading and de-mobilizing will continue in Avalon, and preparations will be made for mobilizing to Stone Harbor.

The project team is still anticipating a start date of May 21st for the Stone Harbor portion of the beach replenishment project. With this progress, the Borough of Stone Harbor can look forward to an improved beach experience for its residents and visitors this summer.

Weekly Beach Fill Update, May 10, 20232023-05-10T14:58:36-04:00

Local Food Pantries in Need of Reusable Shopping Bags

May 10, 2022

Do you have extra reusable grocery bags?

Consider repurposing these bags if they are in good condition at any of the local food pantries!

Food Pantries are in constant need of reusable grocery bags and this is a great way to help them fulfill their mission.

The following is a partial list of Food Pantries within Cape May County that will accept your grocery bags that are in good condition:

  • Caring for Kids (Cape May Court House): 609-408-5220
  • CARA (Cape May Court House): 609-522-6489
  • Bethel Commandment Church (Whitesboro): 609-465-0356
  • Christ Gospel Agape Community (Whitesboro): 609-833-1602
  • Concerned Citizens of Whitesboro: 609-536-8352
  • The Branches (Rio Grande): 609-886-5091
  • Catholic Charities (Rio Grande): 609-886-2662
  • Holy Redeemer Food Pantry (Swainton): 609-465-2082
  • Seashore Community Church of the Nazarene (Erma): 609-886-6196
  • Holy Spirit Lutheran Church (Villas): 609-886-5414
Local Food Pantries in Need of Reusable Shopping Bags2023-05-10T13:38:07-04:00
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