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Lane Restrictions Over Great Channel Bridge (Ocean Drive)

October 13, 2023

A message from the Cape May County Engineer

Notice of Great Channel Bridge along CR 619 – temporary traffic signal

Beginning on Monday October 16th, underdeck steel repairs will continue on the Great Channel Bridge that connects Middle Township to Stone Harbor via Ocean Drive. In order to safely accommodate this activity, one-way alternative traffic will be in place for the next 4 weeks. Traffic in both directions will be maintained, however, only one-way alternating traffic will be permitted to cross the bridge. Traffic approaching each side of the bridge will be maintained by a temporary traffic signal which will allow one direction of travel to proceed at a time. Motorists are urged to use caution when approaching and crossing the bridge and to not proceed until the signal is in the green phase. Slight delays should be expected.
Lane Restrictions Over Great Channel Bridge (Ocean Drive)2023-12-04T09:34:56-05:00

2023 Beach Nourishment Project Recap: Strengthening Stone Harbor’s Coastal Resilience

August 1, 2023

As of July 28, 2023, the dredging and beach fill portion of the 2023 Beach Nourishment Project was completed by Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company. As a result, all beaches are accessible daily and the parking lot at 123rd Street is open. The much-needed beach fill now offers residents and visitors an enhanced coastal experience.

Project Overview: This joint effort between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and the Boroughs of Avalon and Stone Harbor was intended to strengthen the shoreline’s protection from coastal storm events. Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company was awarded a $28.8 million contract to conduct the beach fill project in Avalon and Stone Harbor. It involved dredging sand from the Townsends Inlet borrow site, pumping it through a series of pipes onto the beaches, and grading it into an engineered dune and berm template.

As a result of the project, Stone Harbor received over 700,000 cubic yards of sand, resulting in wider beaches and, more importantly, a carefully engineered dune and berm structure to mitigate damage from storms.

Based on preconstruction surveys, the beach fill template was adjusted, and Stone Harbor received sand in three specific areas:

  • From 80th Street to 87th Street
  • From 89th Street to 115th Street, with slight narrowing at 96th and 97th Streets and a tapered approach at the start and finish points.
  • From 119th to 127th Street groin

Progress and Delays: The project started on April 17th at the north end of Avalon and progressed southward. Weather conditions and mechanical maintenance caused some delays, and the project eventually commenced in Stone Harbor on June 6th.  Dedication to the project remained steadfast while crews worked 24/7 through June and July.

On July 17, 2023, the dredging and beach fill project was successfully completed with an impressive 727,755 cubic yards of sand placed on Stone Harbor beaches. Subsequently, the demobilization operation cleared all beaches, crossovers, and parking lots, and concluded on July 28, 2023, restoring full accessibility. The contractor will return in the Fall for dune grass planting to finish the project completely.

The Borough of Stone Harbor is grateful to residents and visitors for their patience and support throughout this project. The completion of the beach nourishment project not only enhances our beaches but also reinforces our dunes, providing essential protection to our coastal community.

Below are video and photos of the project provided by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Click here for Beach Nourishment Video

Video Credit: Peter Smith, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Contact:
Jenny Olson
Director of Tourism and Public Information
Borough of Stone Harbor
609-368-5102 x 340
tourism@SHNJ.org

2023 Beach Nourishment Project Recap: Strengthening Stone Harbor’s Coastal Resilience2024-02-15T09:23:57-05:00

Experimental Concept For Safeguarding Beach-Nesting Birds to be Installed at Stone Harbor Point

July 10, 2023

Protecting Beach-Nesting Birds at the Point!

This week the United States Department of Agriculture, and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA & APHIS) is experimenting a new non-lethal, initiative to safeguard migratory birds nesting at the Point from predators.

This new concept, Fladry, consists of a line of eye-catching flagging that serves as a barrier, dissuading predators from entering the area and reducing the risk to our precious bird colonies.

Fladry has successfully deterred mammalian predators in Europe for several decades. Now, for the first time in New Jersey, APHIS is experimenting with Fladry as a protective measure for our beach-nesting birds.

Your cooperation matters, and we kindly request your support and understanding in this endeavor. If you come across the lines and red flags that are part of the Fladry system at Stone Harbor Point this week, please refrain from approaching or disturbing them.

As this is the first implementation of Fladry by APHIS in New Jersey, we’re still learning about its effectiveness specifically for beach-nesting birds. We appreciate your patience and understanding while determining the system’s success. Our goal is that the non-lethal dissuasion method will protect the bird colonies without harming any animals.
Contact:
Jenny Olson
Director of Tourism and Public Information
Borough of Stone Harbor
609-368-5102 x 340
tourism@SHNJ.org
Experimental Concept For Safeguarding Beach-Nesting Birds to be Installed at Stone Harbor Point2024-02-15T09:29:27-05:00

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

Access to Stone Harbor Beaches, including Stone Harbor Point, is Prohibited From Any Watercraft

July 21, 2022 – For immediate release.

BOROUGH OF STONE HARBOR

In recent weeks, the governing body of the Borough of Stone Harbor has become apprised of an increasing number of calls and complaints related to the presence of boaters, swimmers, and beachgoers at the Point. The Borough of Stone Harbor Police Department has responded to numerous calls regarding the same and made best efforts to adequately enforce the Borough Code while recognizing the rights of said boaters, swimmers and beachgoers.

As many of our residents and visitors alike are aware, the Point is one of New Jersey’s most important bird habitats and premiere East Coast shorebird migration stopover areas. The area is subject to a conservation easement and conservation plan to protect this this dynamic shoreline habitat.

Specifically, the calls and complaints have addressed watercraft that are anchoring and/or mooring near the shoreline and accessing the beaches at the Point from the water. The Borough’s environmental stewards, who oversee and monitor the wildlife and activity at the point, have communicated that the accessing of the Point beaches from the water is directly disturbing the wildlife sanctuaries and ecosystems that the Borough has long sought to protect.

While the Borough does not seek to unnecessarily restrict or restrain the rights of the boating community, the beach-going community and all others that enjoy the habitat and splendor of the Point and the public waterways, it must balance the same with health, safety and environmental concerns. Beyond the disturbance to the protected area, the act of accessing the beach by way of any watercraft is a potentially hazardous activity, and the location of the Point relative to emergency services renders rapid response difficult, if not impossible.

Accordingly, in balancing those interests, the Borough has determined it necessary to prohibit individuals from accessing the beaches of the Borough, inclusive of the Point, from any watercraft, power driven or otherwise. Said regulation does not prohibit the use of watercraft as permitted elsewhere in the Borough Code. Watercraft operators are free to continue to utilize and enjoy the waterways surrounding the Point but are not permitted to access the beach from the water.

We appreciate the cooperation and understanding of all impacted as the Borough continues to promote its precious natural resources while protecting the same.

Access to Stone Harbor Beaches, including Stone Harbor Point, is Prohibited From Any Watercraft2022-07-26T16:56:24-04:00
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