Dear Cape May Point Residents and Property Owners,
The Cape May City Water and Sewer Utility mailed a notice to all users of Cape May City water last week about their failure to meet water quality standards. Our Borough purchases water from Cape May City. The notice refers to 2021 when their pH levels were not within the state-mandated range.
Cape May City has posted an explanation for their violation and why they sent the notice. It states:
"The October 28, 2022 notice is not a violation for unsafe drinking water and at no time, now or then, is anyone at risk."
Their full explanation can be found image here .
Some of the language in Cape May City's notice has raised alarm among our residents by noting the possibility that a low pH could cause corrosion and increase lead or copper levels. Our Annual Drinking Water Quality Reports (https://capemaypoint.org/departments/water-sewer.html) are posted on the Water and Sewer page of our website. The reports state we found no lead, copper, or other contaminants. Tests were conducted by both Cape May City and Cape May Point. As the Commissioner responsible for our Water and Sewer Utility, I take the safety of our drinking water very seriously. I am following any further developments closely on behalf of our town.
Catherine Busch, Commissioner
Public Works, Parks and Public Property
Due to the kindness of many residents (listed below) who generously shared recent photos of monarch butterflies, our Mayors’ Monarch Pledge (MMP) slideshow has been updated. The photos we received this year have been added to last year’s slideshow, which has been a part of our National Wildlife Foundation (NWF) Mayors’ Monarch Pledge webpage for the past year. The augmented slideshow now includes dozens of photos taken at the Point over the years.
You can access the updated picture show by clicking on the link below. There is a picture on the page when you arrive at the NWF site, which is the start of the slideshow. It will begin a second after you arrive at the NWF site. Please click here.
Our heartfelt thanks to our 2022 photo contributors who so thoughtfully shared beautiful monarch pictures:
Jayne Branigan, Patti Domm, Mary Ellen Koscs-Fleming, Nyok-Kheng Lim, Teck-Kah Lim, Paula Massanari, Ralph Morgan, Chris Robo, Sharon Saulnier, Susan Shufelt, Anita VanHeeswyk, Linda Wardell
Best regards, The Environmental Commission
There is little doubt that Cape May Point homeowners understand the importance of maintaining the dunes that surround our community. The purpose of this article is to further enlist your ongoing support in protecting and maintaining our dunes; the importance of the dunes to CMPT property owners simply cannot be overstated.
The Environmental Commission (EC) was deeply troubled to learn of yet another incident where trees were illegally “topped” in the dunes. This was presumably done to improve the view of a homeowner(s) in the vicinity. Shortly after a tree top is cut off (called “topping”), the tree will die. Trees in the dunes are critical since their roots help keep sand in place. Any action that results in the killing of a tree will have an adverse impact on our dunes. Should you see someone other than CMPT Public Works employees cutting any vegetation in the dunes, we ask that you phone the Cape May police department immediately.
Another issue related to the dunes involves people and/or pets walking in the restricted area. You have probably noticed the signs that dot the dunes indicating that the dunes are a “restricted area” and that anyone found in that area may be subject to a steep fine (see below). If you see someone in the dune area, kindly ask them to leave the restricted area.
Lastly, the Environmental Commission (EC) respectfully requests that homeowners who rent their home share the following information with your renters: “All dunes in CMPT are off limits to people and pets. This restriction helps maintain the integrity of this critical beach feature. It helps protect our community from flooding, as well as providing a safe place for nesting wildlife. Anyone who enters a restricted area, which is marked by signs in the dunes, is subject to a steep fine.”
The members of the EC greatly appreciate your cooperation.
The Cape May Point Environmental Commission and Green Team would like to alert our residents about a great educational opportunity. The topic "Lose the Lawn, Create a Wildflower Meadow Instead" was presented as part of the Jersey-Friendly Yards free webinar series. The presenter was Pat Sutton, Naturalist, Education and Author. You can watch the presentation at your leisure until July 26, 2022
Click HERE and scroll down to the July 12th program on the Jersey-Friendly Yards 2022 Webinar Website.
Also check out the upcoming webinars in August and September and recordings of prior webinars. HERE is the to link Pat’s Website and her MEADOW Handouts.
Due to the delta variant and present surge in COVID cases in Cape May County, Board of Commissioner meetings are returning to full virtual format until further notice. The Zoom link and information will be posted on each meeting agenda, which will be posted on our Agendas and Minutes page.
The Borough and Jersey Cape Diagnostic, Training, and Opportunity Center, Inc. have teamed up to sell Cape May Point beach tags online at preseason rates!
Beach tags will continue to be available at Borough Hall, as in the past, for those of you who prefer that method.
The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available for working capital to help small businesses, small agricultrual cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private, non-profit organizations of all sizes meet their ordinary and necessary financial obligations that cannot be met as direct result of the disaster. These loans are inteded to assist through the disaster recovery period. Click here for more details.
Borough Hall has reopened to the public with limited access. All visitors must wear a mask and check in at the front desk. If business can't be completed at the front desk, visitors will be seated in the conference room and staff will assist them there. This action is designed to allow us to continue to provide quality municipal services while protecting the health and welfare of the public and our employees. We still encourage anyone with Borough business to please try to conduct that business via telephone or email. Visit our contact page to see a list of phone numbers or look at the specific Department pages to find email links.
All forms, applications (with the exception of marriage license applications), and payments can be made via regular mail or dropped through the mail slot in the Borough Hall vestibule.
Borough meetings will be held via Zoom until further notice. Links and login information can be found on the agendas.
We appreciate your patience and consideration during these difficult times.