The remnants of Tropical Storm Ida passed through our area last week, bringing wind and rain. A day after the storm cleared out the flag that flies over the bay behind Stone Harbor was replaced. Here the brand-new flag waves in a breeze just before Labor Day Weekend began.
CAPE MAY COUNTY TOURISM was up by 25.8% during the first half of 2021 compared to the first half of 2019 as measured by occupancy tax collections, according to a recent Atlantic City Press article. The boost in tourism is a welcome change over 2020, in which tax receipts show tourism was down by 21%. Pent up demand and a desire to return to normalcy are credited with boosting tourism for 2021.
LABOR DAY WEEKEND brought good crowds and mostly good weather to the island. Cool and dry weather at the start of the weekend was briefly interrupted by rain showers and some wind, but sunshine and pleasant breezes returned to finish off the weekend. Beaches were busy until late Monday, and most restaurants and merchants reported a strong weekend.
MORE TO COME! Even though Labor Day has passed, and schools are back in session, there is plenty of fun to be had. Here are a few great examples:
AVALON’S END-OF-SUMMER SHOP HOP is set for September 10th, 11th, and 12th. More than two dozen participating shops throughout Avalon offer sales and promotions on clothing, shoes, home decor, and more!
SAVOR SEPTEMBER returns Saturday, September 25th in Stone Harbor, the tenth anniversary of the event. Centered around 96th Street, the wine, beer, and food festival combines tasting with shopping and dining, along with great music! A $20 tasting package includes a wine glass.
AVALON’S SEAFOOD FESTIVAL is a perennial favorite, and returns October 9th and 10th, from 10am to 5pm. Enjoy fresh seafood from local vendors, live music, crafts, and live-streamed football games.
DO YOU DISCARD your decorative tropical plants at the end of the season? If so, consider donating them to the Cape May County Zoo instead. According to the Zoo they can use non-toxic indoor plants like most palms, Ficus, spider plants, corn plants, (Dracaena), hibiscus, and Boston ferns. The plants are used in indoor monkey dens and World of Birds displays. Please send a message to the Cape May County Zoo via firstname.lastname@example.org to make sure they can use your plants before dropping them off.
Nico the marmoset enjoys a plant donated to the Cape May County Zoo!
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