Friday, September 28, 2012

Don't Forget the Alpaca Farm!

Been a while since I featured the Alpaca Farm that you can find on the way to Higbee's Beach. Click HERE for a nice article about the Farm.  

All photos by your humble blogger.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Random News

Follow the path wherever it leads (but bring your trunks!)

Cape May is one of the ten coolest small towns in America: Read about it here.

The traffic lights on the Parkway appear to finally be on their way out. Read more here.

Nice new article about the butterfly migration right here.

Cape May is the second-largest commercial port on the East Coast. Surprised? Read more here.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Rest in Peace, Eric Watson

As I mentioned yesterday, a Cape May local, Erik Watson, tragically perished in a fire yesterday morning. You can read about the fire HERE and read about Mr. Watson HERE.  Recquisat in pace, Mr. Watson.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Fire in Cape May this Morning Takes Life

Sad to report a fatal fire this morning at 1200 Washington Street.  NBC10 has a story about it here.

Photo courtesy NBC10 Philadelphia

Monday, September 24, 2012

The Butterflies are Back in Town

The butterflies are back in full force in Cape May.  Check out this blog and keep scrolling for good info and great photos.

And of course today is Monday which means it's Sign Day.  Here's a random Cape May sign for you:

Thursday, September 20, 2012

New Blog To Cover South Jersey Night Life Hotspots

Ashley is a senior at Rowan University and intends to start blogging about the best bars in Cape May and Wildwood at this blog.  I'm not explicitly using the name of her blog because if she intends to look for work soon she may think about re-naming the blog in order to not hinder that effort.  That's a little fatherly advice from an old man. Anyway, I look forward to seeing what she blogs about and encourage you to check out her blog, too.  I learned about her blog because she commented on one of my posts -- thank you for that, Ashley, and best of luck with the blog!

Of course, "root beer" as photographed above is not exactly the drink of a hot spot. But it is the drink at Stewart's new restaurant on the mall where the old Atlantic Books used to sit (and before that, a bank).  I have heard that the City shut down Stewart's because of a seating issue. If I hear more I will report on what I hear.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

This and That

Here's a story about what appears to be a good first summer season for Cape May's new Convention Hall. And here's a nice little story by Jen Miller about "shlocals" -- people who spend their summers at the shore but don't live there year-round. I call those people semi-locals, and I used to be one of them. Not saying my term is the correct term, mind you. But it does seem less clunky.

Friday, September 14, 2012

American Hero

Ambassador Chris Stephens gave his life for his country.  He believed in our best ideals and on 9/11/2012 he and the rest of us learned what some people think of our best ideals.  I think this video -- a profile of how Chris Stephens became Ambassador Stephens, a video that he narrates -- represents the best of what we as Americans hope for.

I hope this video has already been seen by many and I wanted to do my small part to make sure more saw it, as well.  And yes, this post is off topic.  It's my blog.  Please watch the video as a way of paying respects to this good man.


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Remembering 9/11

Last year I featured the story of T.J. Hargrave, pictured below. Seems like a story worthy of revisiting today.  Here's the CNN story about Mr. Hargrave, who lost his life on 9/11. He worked in the WTC at Cantor Fitzgerald.  The photo below was taken in Cape May and do not miss the terribly coincidental address of the house where Mr. Hargrave sits in the photo.

Never Forget.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Best Frozen Treat in Cape May.

Care to disagree? If so, leave a comment and make your case. Otherwise, this is a no-brainer.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

FrigateBird visits Cape May for the Shoulder Season

This funny-looking guy is called a FrigateBird and is currently enjoying the September season in Cape May.  Read more about his visit HERE.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Is Mayor Mahaney Prepared to Let Beach Theatre Property Continue to Fester for Years?

An Embarrassment to the City (photo taken July 27, 2012)

A Closer Look at Embarrassing Beach Theatre (7/27/12)

Jack Fichter, Cape May reporter par excellence, reports that former Cape May Mayor Jerry Gaffney has suggested using eminent domain to obtain the Beach Theater property. Although my initial instinct is to think that this idea is a bit like closing the barn door after the horse escapes (in light of the fact that the owners of the building demolished the theatre portion of the building many moons ago), it still is an interesting idea worth exploring. I hope we hear something from the Beach Theatre Foundation as to where it stands on this proposal.

I will say this. Having taken a close look at the property this summer, it is clear that the present owner has no interest in the property and won't have interest if and until the real estate market bounces back.  The front of the building looks hideous and is an embarrassment to the city. I find it curious that the City did not require the property owner to make the property presentable as part of last year's settlement of the litigation regarding the property (if there was such a requirement as part of the settlement, then I wonder what the enforcement mechanism is. Right now, there appears to be no evidence that the City made this a part of the settlement, in that the property owner did little to clean the property up either leading up to the opening of the new Convention Hall, or even during the summer season (which has now since passed), and the City has taken no apparent steps to enforce such a requirement).

There is little if any evidence that the real estate market will bounce back anytime soon.  It could be years before the market reaches a level that the current owner thinks makes the property worthy of re-development.

Mayor Mahaney
Is the City Prepared to let the Beach Theatre property continue to fester for years as an eyesore across the street from its crown jewel Convention Hall without doing anything about it? Is the Current Mayor prepared to let the Beach Theatre property continue to fester? I find that hard to believe.  I believe he has the best interests of Cape May at heart. He has a right to brag about bringing in the new Convention Hall on time and on budget. But that accomplishment suffers both literally and figuratively because of the eyesore across the street. Literally because the Theatre significantly hurts the look of the boardwalk/promenade area, regardless of how brand-spanking-new the Convention Hall looks. And figuratively because cleaning up that area should have been part and parcel of opening the new Convention Hall, and some might say that his failure to do so as Mayor detracts from what is otherwise a creditable accomplishment.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The Pier House Gets a Great Review

I have talked about many restaurants on the blog but can't remember ever mentioning The Pier House. You will find the Pier House adjecent to La Mer Beachfront Inn, down at the Poverty Beach end of Cape May.  This morning in my daily Cape May web surfing I ran into this fantastic review of The Pier House, a review that includes detailed description of the food and even photos.  Sounds delicious!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The Dutch Return to Cape May!

If I recall correctly, Captain Mey was Dutch, or was sent here by the Dutch, or something like that.  I bring this up because Cape May had a few Dutch visitors this weekend, and they blogged about their visit. You can read about it HERE. If the web page (written in Dutch) not automatically translated for you, then run the page thru Google Translate. It's a cute little story about visiting Cape May at Labor Day, with some nice photos to boot.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Summer Business 2012: Hot & Cold

Some local papers sum up the summer shore business as not too good, but not too bad... you can read the Courier-Press's article here and the Philly Inquirer's version of the same story here.