FEMA Preliminary Flood Maps Released

On Tuesday, August 27th, FEMA issued the Preliminary Work Maps for Cape May County. This long-awaited release of official flood mapping replaces the Advisory Base Flood Maps and delineates new flood zones and elevations. Cape May County’s Emergency Management Coordinator Martin Pagliughi indicated that that the new maps “reduced the acreage in the V-Zones by about …

Lomax Consulting Guides Clean-up of Sandy’s Mess

Cape May Court House, NJ — In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the coastal zone of New Jersey faces damage assessments and clean-up efforts of historic proportions. As homeowners and area business owners return to begin the process of repair and, in many cases, reconstruction, it is essential that certain steps be taken to document property conditions and seek guidance from trained professionals prior to beginning demolition and repair. To proceed without doing so risks safety and liability exposure that can create costly delays and violations of local, state and federal regulations. Continue reading

Local Firm Drives New Parking Rules

Local Firm Drives New Parking Rules

WILDWOOD — For many years the parking requirements under the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Coastal Area Facility Review Act (CAFRA) regulations have made coastal redevelopment of hotels a difficult venture. These standards required as many as four parking spaces for each hotel unit – an overburden strangling the economic vitality of hotel redevelopment.

The Lomax Consulting Group, a local consulting firm, teamed with municipalities, local hotel owners, and the construction trades to establish reasonable design standards that balance parking needs with parking demands based on hotel unit size. Wildwood Crest Mayor Carl Groon indicated that he had approached the NJDEP to provide a more realistic parking standard that would foster urban redevelopment in the Wildwoods and to encourage hotels to replace room stock lost to condominium conversions. Continue reading

BIG BEACH MEANS BIG PROBLEMS IN CREST

WILDWOOD CREST – While other resort towns spend millions to pump sand on eroded beaches, the beaches in Wildwood Crest just keep getting bigger and bigger. But applications filed with regulatory authorities in recent months demonstrate how the beach’s growth creates problems of its own. This spring, the borough had to obtain an emergency beach maintenance permit allowing it to use sand from its front beach – near water’s edge – to address problems at the back, where there is a mishmash of dunes in one area and bulkheads of questionable structural integrity in another.

Emergency work was also needed to address ponds that formed in back beaches as a result of this winter’s storms. With water as deep as three feet in some places, the expansive ponding barred beach access and jarred visitors who, instead of finding a scenic view of the ocean, came upon what appeared to be a new lake covering whole beaches. Continue reading

Avalon purges pesky pines from dunes

By BEN LEACH Staff Writer
| Posted: Sunday, January 10, 2010 |

The thought of cutting down and removing trees from Avalon’s treasured maritime forest might seem like the last thing environmentalists would want to do. But Brian Reynolds expresses no remorse as workers removed portions of trees along 74th Street on Thursday morning.

“We have to get them out,” Reynolds said.

Reynolds, who chairs Avalon’s Environmental Commission, is talking about only one kind of tree; the Japanese black pine. When planted in the 1960s, the trees were a great way to keep the dunes from eroding. Continue reading