Cape May Strong Flexes Muscles
In the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes a line reads, one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves but a chord of three strands is not easily broken. The City of Cape May, the Chamber of Commerce and a task force of community business leaders have combined to create Cape May Strong.
Collaboration intended to promote communication of information. Basically Cape May strong flexes muscles to open the city.
The mission is to provide support and guidance to all local residents, seasonal homeowners, businesses, and visitors in Cape May while keeping the community informed as we all navigate the evolving COVID-19 situation.
The website created by the team behind Cape May strong is a valuable resource of updates, business hours, and messages from Mayor Clarence Lear. The program includes social media platforms incorporating the hashtag #CapeMayStrong. It encourages everyone to share messages on their own channels using the same hashtag.
Last Friday, May 1st Cape May City Manager Jerry Inderwies Jr. reversed a previous executive order which gated the city’s promenade and beaches. In a late-afternoon press release, Inderweise invited people to responsibly use the promenade and beaches starting Saturday morning at 8:00 A M.
Governor Murphy requested that knuckleheads not show up in New Jersey’s public spaces.
Our beaches and promenade were closed for a month. Last Wednesday, I asked Jerry Inderwies on the Locals Talk Radio show, if he was prepared to “tear down the red wall (fence).” Regardless of reasons, down came the fence in the middle of the night, on Friday, or the wee hours of Saturday morning. Kudos public works.
Business as usual?
What seemed like the partial reopening of Cape May was met with mixed results. Crowd size, placement on beaches, and promenade were open to interpretation. Facebook groups were rife with controversy. Amy Rosenberg of the Philadelphia Inquire roamed the town (and other towns) to document how the warm weekend transpired.
Jessee Lambert opened his coffee shop Coffee Tyme on the Washington Street Mall on Saturday Morning. Customers practiced social distancing wearing masks along with his staff. Coffee Tyme will be open Saturday, Sunday, and Monday until they can return to normal operations 7 days-a-week.
Saturday, Steger’s Beach Service began placing its iconic blue plywood boxes near beach entrances. Their pick-up trucks made continual trips all weekend getting ready for the season.
New Jersey is under stay-at-home orders until May 15th. Assuming that expires, businesses previously deemed non-essential will gradually be allowed to open. The city ban on short-term rentals is set to expire on May 22nd. The County ban is until further notice.
Both the City and the County have task forces working to get Cape May County reopened as sensibly as possible. Please stay tuned for imminent updates on time frames and schedules. Please share this post and look for future updates. Stay Cape May strong.