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North end beaches to be nourished to complete historic beach fill project
(Stone Harbor, NJ)—Stone Harbor’s spring beach fill project will enter its final stages during the evening hours of Thursday, May 18th. Mayor Judy Davies-Dunhour and other Borough officials attended a progress meeting at the Stone Harbor Volunteer Fire Department earlier in the day.
“We are excited that our community will have a fully restored protective and recreational beach in advance of the summer season”, Mayor Davies-Dunhour said. “This beach fill project has made significant progress and despite unanticipated and unnecessary delays, I can report that this project will be completed ahead of schedule”.
The dredge “Texas” operated by Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company will remain in Townsend’s Inlet between Avalon and Sea Isle City for this final phase of the project. Approximately 320,000 cubic yards of sand will be placed on the north end beaches in Stone Harbor starting at 80th Street on or about May 21st. This project will operate 24 hours a day with an anticipated completion date on or about June 10th. Beach fill projects are suspended only for unsafe weather conditions or mechanical issues with the dredge.
Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company has placed 24,000 feet of submerged pipeline that runs in the Atlantic Ocean from Townsend’s Inlet to the landing zone on the 84th Street beach. This is necessary because of an application of the Coastal Barrier Resources Act by the United States Department of Fish and Wildlife that both Stone Harbor and Avalon believe was misapplied for this project. Ample sand exists in the Hereford Inlet borrow zone but cannot be used since this portion of the beach fill is financed with federal dollars.
The project will not be suspended during Memorial Day weekend. All beaches in Stone Harbor remain open for the summer kickoff weekend with the exception of approximately two blocks of beach immediately north and south of the construction zone, which will move in a southerly direction. It is possible the beach fill project will be in the vicinity of 95th Street on Memorial Day, May 29th.
“Stone Harbor residents and visitors are so deeply appreciative of the value of beach fill projects and the resiliency they provide to protect our special community”, Mayor Davies-Dunhour said. “We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding of how important this project is to a community that may be exposed to the very worst storms in the North Atlantic. As the project moves south, the small number of beaches that are inaccessible in the construction zone are re-opened to the public”.
Stone Harbor will continue to provide updates on the final stage of this project on its municipal website, www.shnj.org.
COURT HOUSE – In response to an increase in animal rabies cases, Freeholder Jeffery Pierson announced that the Departments of Health and Mosquito Control will be working together to distribute 31,320 vaccine-laden baits throughout the mainland communities of Cape May County. The majority of the baits will be distributed by helicopter and the remaining will be distributing by hand in raccoon habitats (such as storm drains) and other areas considered inaccessible from the air. If weather permits, the baits will be distributed throughout the month of May 2017.
Health Officer Kevin Thomas informed residents that, “the bait will have a warning label and include a Cape May County Department of Health telephone number for inquiries and for people to call if contact with the bait occurs.” Additionally, signs will be posted on utility poles in mainland communities to alert residents that oral rabies vaccine bait has been distributed in their neighborhood.
This vaccination program will help to reduce the number of animals with rabies such as raccoons, result in fewer encounters between rabid wildlife, pets, and people,” said Thomas. The vaccine is not harmful to wild animals or pets. Although the exposure risk to humans is very slight, the following information is important:
* Be aware of what bait looks like.
* Encourage children to leave the baits alone.
* Keep dogs and cats inside or on leashes at least five days after your area has been baited.
* Do not attempt to take bait away from your pet; you may be bitten!
* Wash your hands or exposed skin thoroughly with soap and water if you touch the bait or the liquid vaccine inside the bait.
To ensure that animal rabies is controlled and that people and pets are protected, pet owners must do their part by vaccinating their dogs and cats against rabies. Additionally, people should not approach wild animals themselves – instead call the local animal control officer for assistance.
Rabies is a fatal disease in humans and any animal bite should be taken seriously. The rabies virus is shed in the saliva of animals that are infected with the virus. If you are bit by an animal, wash the wound, seek medical attention immediately, and call the Cape May County Department of Health and your municipal animal control agency. If you are exposed to a rabid or suspected rabid animal, you must receive rabies shots as soon as possible to prevent the disease. If your pet has contact with a wild animal, contact your veterinarian and the Department of Health right away.
If you have questions about the County’s wild animal rabies vaccination program, call the Health Department at 465-1209. For more information on animal rabies, go to the Environmental Division at: http://www.cmchealth.net and to receive information on public health news and local events, “like” the Cape May County Department of Health on Facebook.
Hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30. Now is the time to get ready to protect your home and family from the next hurricane. Homeowners should establish an emergency plan, review their homeowners insurance policies, and update their emergency supplies.
What you should know about Hurricanes
- Know what to do before, during, and after a hurricane.
- Prepare before hurricane season starts.
- Create an emergency communication plan with your family before a hurricane.
- Have emergency supplies in place at home, at work, and in the car.
- Check your insurance coverage, damages caused by flooding are not covered under normal homeowner’s insurance policies.
- Know your local community’s evacuation plan and evacuation routes and how to receive alerts.
- Listen to local officials.
The time to prepare for a hurricane is before the season begins. Take the time now to write down your hurricane plan, know where you will stay or go to be safe for the storm, and get your supplies.
The most dangerous threat from hurricanes and tropical storms is flooding and storm surge. Storm Surge Facts
Download the FEMA app for disaster resources, weather alerts, and safety tips.
Mark your calendars!
The Borough of Stone Harbor will be hosting an informational meeting for homeowners on Flood Insurance and Flood Mitigation.