Doug Wear
Weekly News - March 26, 2020

BOROUGH UPDATES: Officials are taking preventative measures to be utilized with respect to the expanding outbreak of respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Dates and events are scheduled to change throughout this event. Please visit their websites for up to date information:

Learn More: Avalon   |   Stone Harbor
DONATIONS NEEDED: Cape May County government is seeking the public's help in gathering necessary medical supplies for those at the front line of the COVID-19 outbreak. According to a release, the Cape May County Health Department and the Cape May County Office of Emergency Management are seeking donations from businesses that are closed during this pandemic of sealed boxes of gloves, masks, and personal protective equipment. Businesses, salons, schools and others may have access to some of these materials that could be vital to medical personnel as time goes forward.

Learn More: County Asks for Donations of Gloves, Masks, PPE

THE CAPE MAY COUNTY ZOO is normally open 364 days a year, closing only for Christmas. So, it was tough on the staff at the zoo when they had to close to the public in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. According to a release, the team routinely welcomes schools from throughout the region to visit and learn. Members love having families explore the many exhibits. But as schools have shifted online, so has the staff at the Cape May County Zoo. The Virtual Zoo School is an initiative undertaken by the Cape May County Zoo's Education Department. Daily, a lesson on a species of animal at the zoo is posted online. This is where the audience meets the animals as never before.

Learn More: Cape May County Zoo Presents Virtual Zoo School
Cape May County Park & Zoo Virtual School

96TH STREET BRIDGE: The Cape May County Engineer has determined that based on the results of the most recent inspections a weight restriction on the 96th Street Bridge will be placed into effect immediately. The 96th Street Bridge over the Great Channel will be load posted to restrict vehicles in excess of 15 tons gross weight from using the bridge. In addition, vehicles less than 15 tons gross weight are reminded that the bridge speed is 30 MPH. Impact conditions resulting from speeding vehicles also continue to be an issue and the public is encouraged to cross the bridge while obeying the posted speed. Vehicles in excess of 15 tons will be required to access Stone Harbor via Avalon Boulevard (C.R. 601). Due to the current re-decking of the Ingram's Thorofare Bridge (coming into Avalon), oversized vehicles wider than 11'-0” will not be able to cross the bridge until May 7, 2020. All other vehicles will be able to cross the Ingram's Thorofare bridge without restriction.

Learn More: Cape May County Implements Restrictions on the 96th Street Bridge
5G SERVICE: Avalon Borough Council used a portion of its March 11 work session to discuss planning for 5G network deployment. Business Administrator Scott Wahl shared the view of borough technology consultants that "4G will be exhausted in the State of New Jersey in 24 months." Despite an extreme outcome not occurring, the wait for 5G is short, and the moment to prepare is now. The discussion's result is a move by the borough to prepare a small cell deployment plan ready for council consideration before Labor Day.

Learn More: Avalon Prepares for 5G Service

THE BOROUGH OF AVALON will continue to accept Tax and Water/Sewer payments as scheduled. Please note that payment received after the grace periods will still be subject to interest and penalties in accordance with NJ State Statutes until otherwise directed.

Learn More: Notice Regarding Avalon Water/Sewer, Tax Payments
GOOGLE EARTH is offering virtual tours of some of the world's most incredible national parks to provide an escape for people during social distancing. While following government guidelines to stay at home and help stop the spread of coronavirus COVID-19, we can be mentally whisked-away to inspiring destinations on the other side of the planet. You can visit the most high-profile bucket-list of America's national parks, including the sweeping vistas of the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and Yosemite, the alligators of the Everglades and the rock salt basins, polished rocks and marble walls of Death Valley.

Learn More: Google Earth Launches Virtual Tours Of 31 Of The World's Most Incredible National Parks 

REMOTE LEARNING: With all New Jersey schools officially closed due to the coronavirus, if you have kids, they're home for the foreseeable future. This means remote learning and a whole lot of free time. Visit for a roundup of some of the best free resources and videos for your kids during this time. From zoo webcams to virtual library storytimes, there's something for kids of all ages.

Learn More: Ultimate Guide To Free Resources For Remote Learning During Coronavirus
FERGUSON DECHERT'S OFFICE is presently closed to the public out of an abundance of caution for our employees and customers. Although we are operating with a much smaller in-house staff at the present time, we can handle any and all of your real estate needs. Please call or email me if you need assistance. My best wishes to you and your family during this health crisis.

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Upcoming Events*

New Listings:
779 Stone Harbor Boulevard, Stone Harbor Manor, $309,500, ACTIVE MLS#: 201177

1719 Ocean Drive, #9, Avalon, $695,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 201181

1668 Ocean Drive, B-7, Avalon, $869,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 201185

12 Hallman Road, Stone Harbor Manor, $1,100,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 201195

234 16th Street, Avalon, $1,345,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 201192

178 35th Street, Avalon, $2,295,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 201184
Properties Under Contract:
300 79th Street, Unit 2, Avalon, $749,000, UNDER CONTRACT MLS#: 200690

13 93rd Street, #5, Stone Harbor, $1,295,000, UNDER CONTRACT MLS#: 189166

10559 Third Avenue, Stone Harbor, $3,300,000, UNDER CONTRACT MLS#: 201123
Properties Sold:
269 80th Street, Avalon, $705,000, SOLD MLS#: 189678

284 25th Street, Avalon, $930,000, SOLD MLS#: 200257

2529 Ocean Drive, East, Avalon, $1,100,000, SOLD MLS#: 190379

237 83rd Street, Stone Harbor, $2,515,000, SOLD MLS#: 187259

*Calendar is subject to change. Events are current at the time of posting; please visit their corresponding websites for the most up-to-date information, changes or cancellations.
Douglas Wear
Ferguson Dechert Real Estate

2789 Dune Drive
Avalon, NJ 08202

Cell: 703-622-3668  |  Direct: 609-967-1000



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