Coastal Clock and Chime Refurbishing Cape May Mall Clock
One minute it’s there. A couple of hours later and time stands still. Coastal Clock and Chime Refurbishing Cape May Mall clock as planned by the city.
Coastal Clock is one of those craftsman run companies, which though the website says you have a choice, there are not too many that do this kind of work. This would explain the sudden dismantling and disappearance of the big green clock. Originally installed in 2000 as a donation from the local Rotary Club. Some locals referred to it as the millenium clock according to Hillary Russell Pritchard of the Whale’s Tale Store.
City officials tell me the work has been planned for some time. Once funding was secure through capital appropriations the go ahead was issued. With a tight schedule, last Thursday presented a narrow window of time Coastal Clock could pick up the time piece.
According to their website, Coastal performs clock maintenance and repair throughout the United States. “Since the invention of the timepiece, large clocks have been installed in public places, so that the public can regulate their comings and goings. Church and other towers were commonly used for this purpose, and as time has gone on, we are accustomed to see them on city and town buildings, shopping centers and wherever people will congregate.”
But Who Will Notice?
It’s a peculiar thing about public space changes, some people don’t even notice. A guest staying for the weekend commented at check out: “I didn’t notice till today there’s a box where the clock once was.” I am told you can set your watch for early spring when the time piece returns.
Till then the 300 block of the mall will be know as the block with the box.