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
Public Safety: Fire calls, vehicle stops, rescues, and weather 

Fire Chief Roger Stanford reported that there were 75 fire and 94 EMS calls in August, both increases from the prior year.

Police Chief Tom Schutta reported that there were 241 motor vehicle stops, 72 motor vehicle summons, 755 parking tickets, 20 motorist assists, 26 motor vehicle accidents, 15 suspicious motor vehicles, 21 animal complaints, 3 public information requests, 15 open doors/windows, 19 noise complaints, and 5 adult arrests August.

Beach Patrol Captain Sandy Bosacco reported that the beach season was very successful. During August, there were 26 rescues, 13 medical calls, and 24 lost children were found. 

Frank Vaul from the Office of Emergency Management reported that there were 7 national weather service notices in August. Also, our Emergency Operating Plan was approved by the Office of Attorney General.
Recreation and Tourism

Fitness and other classes will continue to be held in the Fall. Check the Borough website ( for the schedule. Classes are free and no sign-up is required.

The Pickle Ball and Tennis courts will remain open throughout the Fall. Reservations are not required. 

Savor September was cancelled due to inclement weather and rescheduled for October 21.

The Classic and Vintage Car Show is scheduled for Saturday, October 7, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on 96th Street.

Island Holiday weekend is set for Thanksgiving weekend.

The Fall Beach Sweep is scheduled for October 21. 
Natural Resources

Dredging by the US Army Corp of Engineers on the federal portions of Stone Harbor’s Intracoastal Waterway is planned to begin this month.
Long-term planning is underway for the replacement of the bascule section of the 96th Street bridge. Work will tentatively begin in the fall of 2024.
Regular Council Meeting

Council passed several ordinances including those regulating fences, side yards, lot grading, and setbacks.

After a closed session, Council decided to rescind a September 5th ordinance that placed a moratorium on applications for zoning permits. 

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