A new research report by Climate Central and Zillow titled Ocean at the Door: New Homes and the Rising Sea contains useful statistics and comparative data associated with the impacts from climate change pertinent to Avalon property owners. The article, available at the link below, provides country-wide statistics and links to focus on New Jersey’s shore communities.
Thanks to one of our AHLOA members for bring the article to our attention.
Avalon Business Administrator/Public Information Officer Scott Wahl was the guest speaker at the AHLOA monthly meeting held on Saturday, November 10th. Scott presented all of the major capital initiatives underway within the Borough, reviewed major activities affecting Avalon in the coming months (e.g. Townsend’s Inlet Bridge), and then fielded a significant number of questions from the full-house audience following his formal presentation. Feedback from the attendees was quite strong given the wide-range of pertinent and timely information that Scott was able to convey. His presentation is available at the link below.
The Borough of Avalon has maintained its decade-long AAA bond rating from Standard and Poor’s and Moody’s, the highest rating offered by the financial services. The Borough received its most recent AAA rating confirmation letter last month.
2018 was an outstanding financial year for the Borough. Avalon has the lowest municipal tax rate in Cape May County with a rate of 19.9 cents per $100 of assessed valuation. And, Avalon has the lowest overall tax rate of any community in the State of New Jersey at 48.8 cents. The overall tax rate includes municipal, library, county, school and open space taxes.
For more information, please click the link to the Cape May County Herald article below.
AHLOA made a $1,000 donation towards the costs associated with the annual Avalon Festive Friday celebration the day after Thanksgiving. Dates for all Thanksgiving Day weekend activities are posted on the Borough’s website at the link below.
Construction is expected to begin on Monday, October 22nd on a major new addition to the Borough of Avalon’s recreational facilities. Surfside Park, a brand new park with abundant green space and a new playground, will be constructed adjacent to the Avalon boardwalk at 30th Street. The Borough of Avalon was the recipient of a $2 million grant from the Cape May County Open Space Program, the proceeds of which will be directed to the development of the Park. Click the Borough’s website link below for more details about this exciting new addition to our community.
Sandra Lockhart, Director of The Branches, spoke to the attendees at the AHLOA monthly meeting this morning at the Avalon Senior Center about the tremendous service being provided by the 100% volunteer organization. The Branches, located in the Village Shoppes in Rio Grande, is an outreach ministry of St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Stone Harbor, operating in collaboration with area churches and organizations. The Branches provides a safe, positive environment for the elderly, disabled, homeless, and individuals or families living in poverty.
Pictured below at today’s meeting, Jack Keenan, President of AHLOA presented a $500.00 contribution through Sandra to The Branches on behalf of AHLOA members.
For more information on how you or your organization can help or contribute to the mission of The Branches, please call Sandra Lockhart, Director at 609-886-5091. Their Facebook page, The Branches Outreach Center of Rio Grande, is a good way of keeping up with their activities and needs. Links to their website and Facebook page are included below.
The Avalon Office of Emergency Management has installed a new weather system that provides continuous weather monitoring and maintains historical data for the borough. The Davis Vantage Pro 2 weather station has been installed on the radio tower adjacent to the Public Safety Building. It is 65 feet above the ground and is clear of surrounding roofs and raised structures to provide accurate real-time wind speed and direction.
A link to the current weather condition in Avalon is available on the Borough’s emergency management website, www.avalonemergency.org, and on the Borough’s municipal website, www.avalonboro.net. An Android or Apple app called “Weatherlink 2.0”, which shows real-time weather conditions, is available for free download on the respective app store. Complete advisories and actionable alerts during storm events are always available first at www.avalonemergency.org.