Avalon Mayor Martin Pagliughi announced that the Borough will be receiving a substantial hydraulic beach fill project that will begin in the coming weeks and restore the north end beaches in the Borough to their full federal template. This beach fill will likely not result in a municipal financial contribution and will provide for one of the largest beach fill projects history. The beach fill project comes despite the United State Fish and Wildlife Service’s misapplication of the Coastal Barrier Resources Act, which all agencies had to work through in order to bring this public safety project to the community.
“This beach fill project was initially beset with unique challenges and obstacles, but thanks to our proactive vision and leadership from the Borough, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and United States Army Corps of Engineers we were able to get this project to the table and in place”, Mayor Pagliughi said. “All of the parties involved recognized the need to figure out a unique solution, and we were able to provide the necessary protection our town needs before the next storm season over the objections raised by an advisory agency”.
A large contract has been awarded by the United States Army Corps of Engineers to Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company, LLC of Illinois, which will use the dredge “Texas” to perform this nourishment. Mobilization for the beach fill project is expected to begin before the end of January with the beach fill project starting in Stone Harbor, and taking about four weeks to complete; following the Stone Harbor project, the hydraulic pumping of sand from Townsend’s Inlet onto the Avalon beaches will begin in February. It is possible that this could be one of the largest beach fill projects in Avalon’s history with funding place to pump a maximum quantity of 940,000 cubic yards of sand on the Borough’s north end beaches from 9th Street south to just north of 38th Street. The actual quantity of sand needed to restore the beachfront to the federal template will be determined in the coming weeks. This beach fill project will repair damage to the Avalon beaches created by an October, 2015 nor’easter event and Winter Storm Jonas in 2016.
The project will begin on the 9th Street beach and move in a southerly direction. The dredge pipe will extend from Townsend’s Inlet over the 8th Street Jetty to the beaches. Section of pipe will be added as the project moves in a southerly direction towards 38thh Street during the mid and late winter months. The “Texas” can produce a maximum volume of 50,000 cubic yards of sand per day, making this nearly a month-long project. Sand pumping could begin in Stone Harbor as early as January 27th. There is more than enough available sand in Townsend’s Inlet to conduct this hydraulic beach project for Avalon.
This project also includes repair work to Avalon dunes and crossovers on beach paths. There will be intermittent beach closings stretching about 1,000 feet as this work is being conducted. Once dredging begins, it will only be stopped due to mechanical maintenance or poor weather conditions.
This beach fill project was initially threatened by an application of the Coastal Barrier Resources Act which prevented Stone Harbor from using federal funding to withdraw sand from Hereford Inlet even though that has been past practice in prior beach fills. Avalon’s Mayor, Council, and Administration worked with the member agencies and Stone Harbor to construct a financial arrangement that removed this obstacle. “This last-minute application of the Act was callous, uncalled for, unprecedented, and arbitrary”, Mayor Pagliughi said. “The United States Fish and Wildlife Agency ignored past policy and exceptions in the Act that should have made the harvesting of sand out of Hereford Inlet to the benefit of Stone Harbor and Avalon residents a very easy decision. This agency overstepped its bounds, and I congratulate the federal, state, and local governments coming to together to make sure this beach fill provides a protective beach in advance of the storm season. Avalon continues to relentlessly pursue both legal and legislative remedies to this Act to make sure that the protection of lives and property comes first with every future beach fill project”.
The Borough of Avalon has contracted with Dr. Stewart Farrell of the Coastal Resource Center of Stockton University since the late 1980’s. Dr. Farrell’s latest survey on Hereford Inlet shows that over 5,064,085 cubic yards of new sand has been added to the Stone Harbor beach, and sand volumes have returned exponentially to the northeast corner of the barrier island.
Updates on this project will be available on Avalon’s municipal website, www.avalonboro.net.
AHLOA 64th Annual Meeting Presents
The U.S. Coast Guard
Commander Joseph Meuse, Executive Officer
U. S. Coast Guard Training Center, Cape May, N.J
Mayor Martin Pagliughi – State of The Borough in 2016
August 13 at the Avalon Community Center
Refreshments at 9:30 am
Main Meeting at 10:00 am
Mayor Martin Pagliughi
What’s going on in Avalon? Our Mayor will give his usual informative and entertaining review of happenings from taxes to the beach and bay. See his slides from last year on this web site.
The Coast Guard Training Center
The Coast Guard is one of the oldest organizations of the federal government. Established in 1790, the Coast Guard served as the nation’s only armed force on the sea until Congress launched the Navy Department eight years later. Since then, the Coast Guard has protected the United States throughout its long history and served proudly in every one of the nation’s conflicts.
The Coast Guard Training Center is Cape May is the only facility of its’ kind in the country. Here enlisted recruits are trained in the complex tasks assigned to the Coast Guard.
In a recent year, they responded to 20,510 Search and Rescue cases and saved over 3,800 lives, interdicted nearly 2,500 undocumented migrants attempting to illegally enter the United States, conducted over 46,000 recreational vessel boardings, and visited 1,150 recreational boat manufacturers in conjunction with state efforts to provide education and ensure compliance with federal regulations.
Hear more about the mission and operations at the AHLOA Annual meeting.
AHLOA again offers an opportunity to reconnect to your Avalon community, presenting the ninth annual Community Connections event on April 9, 2016.
Come for coffee and bagels at 9:30 am in Community Hall.
At 10:00 am, we will hear from Mayor Martin Pagliughi in his role as County Emergency Management Director. Marty will take us through the operations of the County office and dispense advice on handling emergencies.
Our next speaker will talk about a unique Avalon asset, the Avalon Seawatch. Dr. David La Puma of the New Jersey Audubon Society is Director – Cape May Bird Observatory.
He has a fascinating story to relate about birding in Avalon and the County. Quoting their website:
“Possibly the greatest migration spectacle on the East Coast of North America, the Avalon Seawatch ensures we have our finger on the pulse of waterbirds in the western Atlantic. Hovering around 1 million individual birds counted each year, this dataset is critically important to understanding waterbird populations in our region.”
In addition, AHLOA will again host local community civic and Borough groups at 11:00 am. They will have information for you on their programs and organizations. The Borough departments will answer your questions about their responsibilities.
Here is a link to comprehensive update on the Atlantic City Electric power project
At the Wednesday, March 9th meeting of Borough Council, Avalon Municipal Engineer Tom Thornton will discuss a proposal that will allow Hatch Mott MacDonald to request a permit modification and design a back passing beach fill project for the north end of Avalon.
Earlier this month the Borough received a final report from Dr. Stu Farrell at Stockton University regarding the transport of sand from last year’s beach fill southerly along the Avalon beach.
The back passing project will also include the repair of all beach access paths in the north end that were damaged during the October, 2015 and January, 2016 storm events. The work will be completed in advance of Memorial Day weekend.
In addition, the Mayor and Business Administrator continue to work with our federal and state partners for a large hydraulic beach fill operation that will likely be conducted during the 2016-’17 offseason
On Saturday, April 16th, 2016, (rain date April 17th), Avalon will hold its annual Spring Volunteer Dune Grass Planting. You are encouraged to participate. Past volunteers agree it is a rewarding and enjoyable experience.
Volunteers will meet at Avalon Community Hall, 30th Street and the beach, at 8:30 a.m. for coffee and donuts, at which time a brief planting demonstration will be given. Then at 9:00 a.m. Avalon Borough vehicles will take all volunteers to their planting sites.
At noon, participants will be returned to Community Hall for a free lunch. Planting will resume at 1:00 p.m. through 3:00 p.m., if planting has not been completed during the morning. We will have 12,000 dune grass stolons to plant, so many volunteers are needed. Specially designed planting tools will be provided to all volunteers.
The Borough would appreciate having a head count of the volunteers so we can have an accurate number for the lunches. Please call Sue Keen at 967-5924 or Chuck McDonnell at 967-3066, no later than April 1st.
The following from the office of Scott Wahl –
Cape May County Engineer Dale Foster announced that Ocean Drive (County Road No. 619) between Avalon and Sea Isle City is scheduled to re-open to vehicular traffic on Friday, February 12th, at 3:00pm. The permanent restoration of the section of Ocean Drive between 4th Avenue in Avalon and the bridge over Townsend’s Inlet will be substantially completed on February 12th. Once the roadway reopens on February 12th, there are no planned closings of the roadway or Townsend’s Inlet Bridge for construction activities. However, there may be an occasional lane closing to complete any remaining or maintenance work.
This permanent restoration project hardened the Ocean Drive roadway to minimize the damage inflicted on the pavement due to wave action. The new roadbed consists of stainless steel reinforced concrete. An open graded stone area has been created between the seawall and the new concrete roadbed to permit most of the water from the waves crashing on the seawall to return to the ocean instead of running across the roadway. Previously all of the water from the waves ran across the roadway. During times of extremely high tides and a northeast wind, the waves may overtop the seawall and for safety concerns may result in the roadway being temporarily closed.
The Borough of Avalon has formed a Floodplain Planning Committee under the advice and direction of Mayor Martin Pagliughi and the Avalon Borough Council. This committee will be holding several meetings from October through December, 2015 to discuss various ways that the Borough can enhance and improve its flood mitigation efforts. The implementation of this committee and effort is in accordance with the 2013 CRS (Community Rating System) Coordinator’s Manual. Under the CRS program, the Borough has been able to attain a Class 5 rating which offers Avalon property owners a 25% discount on flood insurance premiums. This new effort by the Borough to create a new plan will help earn more points under the CRS program with the goal of maintaining the 25% discount on flood insurance premiums, or possibly increase that discount to 30% if enough points are attained through the process. Avalon’s Borough Council has approved an executive committee and a volunteer board to serve the Borough and offer guidance for the final plan. This plan will also be discussed by Avalon Business Administrator Scott Wahl at the next AHLOA meeting scheduled for Saturday, November 14th, at the Avalon Senior Center at 10:00am.
All planning meetings will be held in Avalon Borough Hall at 2:00pm
October 27th, 2015–“Assess the Hazard”
October 30th, 2015–“Assess the Problem”
November 4th–Public Information Meeting
November 5th, 2015–“Set Goals”
November 10th, 2015–“Review Possible Activities”
November 23rd, 2015–“Draft the Action Plan”
December 1st, 2015–Public Meeting for Final Comments
December 9th, 2015–Present Draft Plan to Borough Council, 4:00pm
December 22nd, 2015–Present Final Plan to Borough Council, 4:00pm
Updates will be available on the Avalon municipal website, www.avalonboro.net; on ShoreTV Channel 97 for Comcast customers; and at Avalon Borough Hall.
Keep aware of conditions by visiting the Borough of Avalon emergency management website www.avalonemergency.org.
Also follow on the main Borough site www.avalonboro.net
PLEASE Note: The outage was postponed due to weather conditions. To follow the status of the work, visit avalonboro.net for complete updates. Thank you
On Tuesday, September 29th, Atlantic City Electric will de-energize the current Peermont Substation located between 60th and 61st streets in Avalon and re-route sufficient electrical power throughout the Seven Mile Island prior to the installation of the new Substation. As a result, there will be a planned power outage in Avalon adjacent to, and north, of the Substation for approximately 20 minutes. This outage is expected to occur on September 29th at approximately 4:00pm and will affect the Borough of Avalon from 61st Street north to 7th Street from the beach to the bay; other areas of Avalon are not expected to be affected by this outage, south of 61st Street. This planned outage is necessary in order to safely de-energize the Substation to be removed. Please plan accordingly. This outage will be weather dependent and the date and time may be moved if conditions are not favorable. If you have any emergency, please dial 911. If you have any questions during or following this outage, please call Atlantic City Electric’s emergency number at 1-800-833-7476. This planned power interruption is subject to favorable weather conditions. If the date or time changes, we will provide a community-wide notification. Avalon plans to remind property owners regarding this outage via a Code Red emergency telephone call on Monday evening, September 28th and again on Tuesday morning, September 29th.
Following the de-energizing of the current Substation, the contractor plans to remove the transformer and various electrical equipment.
For continual updates, please visit this website avalonboro.net. Shall you have any questions regarding this project please call Veronica Town, Senior Public Affairs Manager for Atlantic City Electric, at (609) 463-3805 or email her
Last September, Americans turned in 309 tons (over 617,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at nearly 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. When those results are combined with what was collected in its eight previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 4.8 million pounds—more than 2,400 tons—of pills.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.
Bob Hoesly, our elected President, is moving from Avalon for employment opportunities. He will be resigning effective 1 October.
The AHLOA By-laws stipulate that the first Vice President, becomes acting President and should fulfill the President’s duties. Our First Vice- President is Mike Matt, well known to all of you. He will assume the duties of Acting President and attempt to continue the fine work performed by Bob.
Bob had one year remaining on his term until next August when a new AHLOA President will be elected.
All members of AHLOA thank Bob, and his bride Jill, an AHLOA trustee, for their commitment to the betterment of our great town. We wish you and your family fair winds and following seas in your next endeavor
In September and October, AHLOA will present two first-time speakers.
On Saturday, September 12, we will hear from Chuck McDonnell, the new Director of the Avalon Recreation Department.
Chuck’s topic is a perspective on the internet era, “Digital Natives vs. Digital Immigrants Do they really think differently?”
On Saturday, October 10, we will hear from Karen De Rosa of CASA. CASA is short for “Court Appointed Special Advocates.”
CASA is a nationwide network of over 950 local programs devoted to caring for abused and neglected children.
Join us for these very interesting speakers.
Avalon Senior Center, 10 am.
Here are the slides from Atlantic City Electric’s August 8 at the AHLOA Annual Meeting.
The only really new information was that there would be a “brief” service interruption as the change-over to the new substation was accomplished. There was to be some form of notification, not fully described.
Here are the slides the Mayor presented At the AHLOA Annual Meeting on August 8, 2015.
AHLOA Annual Meeting
Saturday, August 8 2015
Dr Leonore Tedesco, Director of the Stone Harbor-based Wetlands Institute will offer perspectives on the research programs of the Institute and discuss the value of Wetlands to the environment.
Avalon Mayor Martin Pagliughi will present the 2015 State-of-the-Borough review including major programs and finances.
The meeting convenes at 9:30 am at the Avalon Community Center, 30th and Avalon Avenue, with refreshments. The main meeting will start at 10:00. The presentations will be followed by a short business meeting.
The Avalon Borough Council formally introduced the 2015 municipal budget as presented by Mayor Martin Pagliughi during the Wednesday, February 25th Council meeting. The budget totals $25.3 million and includes a one fifth of a penny increase in the local purpose tax rate. The new municipal tax rate will be 22.7 cents per $100 of assessed valuation.
“This municipal budget maintains one of the lowest local purpose tax rates of any seashore community in New Jersey while funding necessary capital improvement projects in the Borough”, said Mayor Pagliughi. “Avalon continues with its pay as you go approach to funding necessary projects and will allow us to continue to provide an exceptional level of municipal services to our residents and visitors”.
The amount of revenue to be raised via property taxes is $16,712,977. Avalon ended the year 2014 with a budget surplus of $6.5 million. The 2015 municipal budget will use slightly over $2.8 million of the surplus, or 0.87 percent less than surplus funding used in 2014.
“The Avalon Borough Council Finance Committee carefully reviewed each and every request for capital improvement projects in 2015”, said Council President Charles Covington, who is joined on the Committee by Councilwoman Dr. Nancy Hudanich. “In 2015, Avalon will use cash to pay for $2.653 million of capital projects and will continue to pay down debt to lessen the impact on future budgets. This approach and long term fiscal planning results in Avalon again maintaining an exceptional AAA bond rating with Standard and Poor’s that provides very low interest rates for the Borough”.
Among the capital projects to be funded by the 2015 municipal budget: Reconstruction of the 28th Street municipal parking lot adjacent to the boardwalk; improvements to Avalon Community Hall; continuance of Avalon’s aggressive back bay dredging project; replenishment of beaches in Avalon’s north end; various improvements to the Borough’s sanitary sewer and water system; and necessary replacements to the fleet of heavy equipment at the Avalon Department of Public Works.
Avalon continues to improve services and reducing expenses with more than 20 shared services agreements with other governments. The Borough continues its practice of privatizing various services including landscaping, the management of the water and sewer utility, and trash/recycling collection to prudently manage salaries and wages. Avalon currently has $7.36 billion of property value in the community.
Public hearing and comment on the budget will be held at the Avalon Borough Council meeting on March 25th.
- You must apply for a permit to take advantage of the priority system.
- 1. Taxpayers must submit proof of ownership (e.g. tax bill and photo I.D.) to staff to establish their right to priority:
- -when purchasing a permit, or
- -if they do not purchase a permit, when they make an advanced reservation.
- Staff will make a photo on site, and attach it to the permit, or a sheet identifying the taxpayer.
- Staff will create and maintain (2) books, one for permit holders in which Avalon taxpayers will be identified by a different color permit than non-taxpayer permit holders, and the other for non-permit holders who are Avalon taxpayers.
- The doors will be opened at 7:00AM.
- From 7:00AM to 7:15AM, (or, if later when all Avalon taxpayers have been served), taxpayers may make advanced reservations in person for the following day.
- Thereafter, all other in-person reservations for the following day will be taken.
- After 7:30AM, phone-in reservations by permit holders will be accepted for the same day and next day.
- All permits must be purchased during the season at 39th Street. Preseason permits may be purchased during times to be specified, or by appointment after the Tennis Resolution has been passed by Borough Council.
- On Memorial Day and July 4th weekends (2) staff members will be on the morning shift to handle the permit process
The Avalon Home and Land Owners Association is pleased to announce the Fifth Annual Community Connections gathering, Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 9:30 in Community Hall.
The gathering brings the local community together with Borough Officials and Departments, and with local civic organizations.
Borough speakers give short talks on matters of current interest. This year, Borough Administrator Scott Wahl will cover capital projects in the works and some changes in Borough Organization, including the Recreation Department.
Borough Engineer Tom Thorton will discuss important (and Expensive) Bay and Beach restoration programs.
Other government people you can expect to see are the Police, Fire and Rescue teams. The Avalon Library and Avalon History Center will have representatives.
Many elected officials attend regularly, so if you haven’t met them, this is a convenient way to do so.
Civic groups who have been regulars include the Garden Club, the Avalon Civic Club, the Historical Society, the Democratic and Republican Clubs, the Lions Club and Diller Home and the Wetlands Institute.
9:30 am coffee and bagels
10:00 am – Scott Wahl and Tom Thorton
11:00 am to noon – visit your local organization’s table, get their 2015 plans and idea, join up!
See you there