As a courtesy to our SHPOA Members, we’re bringing you a summary of each Stone Harbor Work Session and Council Meeting. Intended as summaries, these intentionally don’t have a lot of details and are not a substitute for the official Borough minutes.

Work Session

Playgrounds
Unsafe or worn-out playground equipment at 82nd and 97th Streets was removed by public works.

The Borough has received a grant to build a new playlot on 97th Street. It needs approval from the county to begin work and is scheduled to be completed by the summer of 2025.

Shivering
The Stone Harbor Chamber of Commerce shiver and polar plunge was approved for Saturday, March 16, with a rain date of March 17.

Budget Schedule
The 2024 budget is set to be introduced at the second meeting in March, with a complete budget presentation, at the first meeting in April. At the second April meeting, Council is scheduled to have the public hearing and adopt the budget.

The Borough ended 2023 with $4.3 million in surplus, up over $140,000 over last year.

There is $7.1 million dollars scheduled for the capital budget which includes $350,000 in reserve for back bay dredging and $350,000 in the reserve for beach replenishment and maintenance. The three biggest projects in the budget are the reconstruction of the 200 block of 96th Street, the reconstruction of Second Avenue from 85th Street to 87th Street, and upgrades to the 80th Street marina.

Council Meeting
Several resolutions were approved for hiring temporary police officers, a grant application with the state Department of Community Affairs, and approval of all contracts and fees for the 2024 season.

For legislation discussed, please click: https://stoneharbornj.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/02.20.2024-Regular-Meeting-Agenda.pdf

For a video of the meeting, please click: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5ueGiaZNM4

NOTE: The Cape May County Herald recently had several articles related to topics covered at this Council Meeting. These articles can be found along with others as part of their coverage of Stone Harbor.

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To read past Stone Harbor Council Meeting summaries, please click here: https://dev.stoneharborpoa.org/category/borough-meeting-summaries/

To watch recordings of past meetings, please click here: https://stoneharbornj.org/agendameetings/watch-mayor-and-council-meetings-online/