There could be yet another round of new beach access rules in New Jersey. State lawmakers have introduced a new bill that references regulations that date back to the Roman Empire to tie beach access rules to funding decisions. Supporters says it encourages towns to have public access to their beaches.
Local Assemblymen Bob Andrzejczak and Bruce Land have sponsored a bill in Trenton that would discourage offshore drilling for fuel in State waters. The measure was cleared by an Assembly committee on Thursday and now will be considered for a full floor vote.
Atlantic City Electric is sending some of its resources to Puerto Rico to assist with the hurricane relief efforts on the island. Puerto Rico was rocked by hurricanes Irma and Maria and power is still out in some areas. Utility workers will leave in early February.
Another local republican has tossed his hat into the ring for the congressional seat being vacated by Frank LoBiondo this year. Brian Fitzherbert of Somers Point announced his candidacy via a press release on Wednesday. Fitzherbert previously worked in our area at a regional supermarket chain.
Cape May County Freeholder Director Gerry Thornton is the new director of the Southern New Jersey Freeholders’ Association. Thornton was sworn in to the position by fellow Freeholder Len Desiderio during a meeting held on Monday. The Association represents eight South Jersey counties.
County freeholders introduced the new County budget Tuesday night. The new spending plan totals $152.6 million and includes a four percent increase over last year. The tax rate for the County will climb by a little over one half of one cent.
Cape May County ranks tenth in the Garden State in the number of flu and pneumonia deaths from 2005 through 2015. NJ.com reports that there were 13.1 deaths per 100,000 people during that decade, placing us tenth on the list. The total number of deaths from both illnesses was 23.
Flu is rampant in New Jersey and the rest of the country. The Cape May County Department of Health reminds locals that yes, flu shots are still available, in limited quantities. If you would like to get a flu shot, call 465-1200 and make an appointment.
The Cape May County Technical School/Evening Community Education Program has been cancelled for Monday night due to anticipated freezing rain and unsafe driving conditions.
Cape May County’s government will reorganize Tuesday afternoon. County officials announced that the reorganization meeting that was cancelled due to the blizzard will be held at 4:30pm. Two freeholders, and a new sheriff, will be sworn in to office.