Happy New Year from the beach!
HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM THE BEACH! On New Year’s Eve Avalon had a great fireworks display on the beach, with the ocean and the Avalon Fishing Pier as a backdrop. Over the holiday weekend island visitors enjoyed shopping New Year sales in many local stores, along with dining in local restaurants.
BALMY SUNDAY, FROZEN MONDAY! Sunday, January 2nd was unusually warm for this time of year, with daytime temperatures in the 60s. But meteorological forces aligned to bring a blast of frigid air to the region, along with significant snow, wind, and minor coastal flooding on Monday, January 3rd. Cape May County was just about in the storm’s cross hairs and Avalon and Stone Harbor had about 12 inches of snow fall by 6pm. Monday evening’s temperatures dropped into the teens; winds continued to blow snow around, and despite excellent and continuous plowing efforts by road crews on Seven Mile Island, many highways and local roads still had snow on them early Tuesday morning, before crews could finally catch up.
TAKE A TOUR OF THE ISLAND covered in snow! See below for a series of photos in various locations around the island!
Avalon’s Surfside Park under a blanket of snow.
30th Street in Avalon had been plowed many times but still had significant snow remaining Tuesday morning.
Snow covered dunes and a wind-whipped ocean.
A single set of footprints lead through the snow on the beach toward the Avalon Fishing Pier.
Avalon…definitely “Cooler By A Mile!”
Stone Harbor’s welcome sign at 80th Street.
102nd Street was plowed right up to the beach entrance, where a single set of foot prints lead up the beach path.
Bayfront homes and docks in Stone Harbor. Larger waterways are still too warm to freeze, but some shallow waterways in the marsh had ice forming along the banks.
IF WARMER WEATHER is your preference, there’s nothing like a mid-winter boat show to get you thinking about summer! The Wildwood Fishing & Boating Expo takes place this weekend, Saturday & Sunday, January 8th & 9th, at the Wildwood Convention Center. From boat dealers to charter captains to vendors, there will be plenty to take your mind off winter! Plus, Captain Dave Marciano from the Wicked Tuna television series will be on hand both days, sharing his stories and fishing knowledge. For hours, details and tickets, click here: https://www.fishingexpowildwood.com/
THE AVALON COMMUNITY CENTER will host Covid vaccination and booster clinic every Wednesday afternoon from 2pm to 5pm. The Cape May County Department of Health will administer the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, including booster doses.
SLOW DOWN FOR WHALES: North Atlantic right whales are routinely found in specific areas designated as Annual Seasonal Management areas. In those zones vessels over 65 feet are required to slow to 10 knots or less to reduce the chances of injuring a right whale in a collision; vessels under 65 feet are asked to voluntarily comply as well. The mouth of Delaware Bay is such an area. Additional Dynamic Management Areas are added when right whales are spotted. Such an area has been mapped just southeast of Atlantic City, with recommended vessel speed restrictions in place through January 13th.
GARDEN STATE PARKWAY and Atlantic City Expressway tolls have increased 3% effective January 1st. The Parkway toll booths will now cost $1.96 (rounded up to $2 for drivers paying cash.) EZPass drivers will still receive a 25% discount when travelling on off-peak hours.
CIRCLE PIZZA is undergoing interior renovations. Stop in and see the new look when they reopen on January 17th!
BEST WISHES for a happy and healthy New Year!
IS 2022 YOUR YEAR? Whether you need a vacation in Avalon or Stone Harbor, or a place to call your very own, let’s make it happen! Call or email me today!
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