Doug Wear
Weekly News - January 21, 2021
AVALON BOROUGH COUNCIL recently adopted two ordinances that endorsed and authorized the reorganization plan for the borough's Public Works Department. The plan was presented in December by Mayor Martin Pagliughi.

Learn More: Avalon OKs Public Works Reorganization Plan
PROPOSED DUNE RESTAURANT: The essence of the proposal before the Avalon Planning Board recently was a request by Avalon developer and businessman Tim Kerr to demolish the existing pizza parlor, arcade and ice cream shop now on the site, replacing it with a new, two-story restaurant and catering-event venue. Public concern ranged broadly, but a certain focus emerged on issues of public safety, sanitation, noise, the project's congruence with the newly completed Surf Side Park and parking.

Learn More: Avalon Nixes Proposed Dune Restaurant Plans
NEHST WINTER SEMESTER: On January 21, the Wetlands Institute will continue their Nature Education for Homeschool Students and Teachers (NEHST) winter semester with "Adapting to Winter". Join in as they explore the different ways animals and plants have for dealing with winter's icy chill. NEHST is for more than homeschoolers, though - it plays a vital role in bolstering virtual classroom instruction in a safe and meaningful way for all children learning from home.

Learn More: The Wetlands Institute

Wetlands Winter Birds
The Wetlands Institute - Adapting to Winter

UPDATED HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN: The Cape May County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) held a virtual public meeting recently to introduce its updates to the county's Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP). The plan was last updated in 2016. Eligibility for FEMA pre-disaster funding requires an update every five years. The plan is in two large volumes, with several appendices added to the already-extensive detail in the document. While this is a county-level plan, it also serves as a repository of municipal-level planning, with a chapter in volume two for the county's 16 municipalities.

Learn More: Public Introduced to Updated Hazard Mitigation Plan
THE 4-H YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM invites youth in grades 4 through 8 to go on a free trip to Mars this February. The Cape May County 4-H Mars Base Camp Science activity explores the race to send humans to Mars and will take place via Zoom 6 to 7:15 p.m. four nights, February 3, 10, 17 and 24. Each participant will receive a Mars Base Camp Activity Kit and Guidebook. Anyone can join in the learning fun; you don't have to be a 4-H member to sign up for this program and experience Mars with them.

Learn More: Cape May County 4-H Youth Development Program Hosts Free Virtual Trip To Mars
EXPLORE THE RICH HISTORY OF THE JERSEY CAPE and discover what's old is new in 2021. From Colonial Days to the Civil War, ship building to Doo Wop shoppes - the Jersey Cape played a role in just about every important era of American History.

Learn More: Explore the Rich History of the Jersey Cape

DO THE SHORE THIS WINTER: The sunshine disappears very early, and most holiday festivities have ended, which can only mean that winter is definitely closing in. Instead of just hiding out under the covers and waiting for the beach weather to return, try taking advantage of the nicer days and breaks in the weather to get outside this winter season to do the shore.

Do The Shore this Winter
LOCAL RESPONSES & UPDATES: Keep up to date on re-opening and preventative measures being utilized with respect to the outbreak; dates and events are scheduled to change throughout this event. Please visit their websites for up to date information:

Learn More: Avalon | Stone Harbor | Cape May County
FERGUSON DECHERT'S OFFICE is presently closed to the public, however, we can handle any real estate needs you may have. Please call or email me if you need assistance. My best wishes to you and your family during this health crisis.

Cell: 703-622-3668  |  Email:
More Community Activities*
  • Please Note: Due to rapidly changing schedules, our full events calendar has been temporarily removed from the newsletter. Please visit some local sites for up to date event information:
  • Reading Challenge: The Cape May County Library is hosting an all-ages online winter reading challenge from January 1-January 31, sponsored by Beanstack and Simon & Schuster! Help them read 50,000 minutes as a community. The top 150 readers will receive a free #WinterReads2021 tote bag, and winning libraries throughout the United States will receive virtual author visits from participating Simon & Schuster authors!

    Cape May County Library
  • Virtual Library Programs: Have you caught an Online Story Time or registered for a Book Club yet? The Avalon Free Public Library is currently offering free virtual programs. Registration is required; some sessions may be limited.

    Avalon Free Public Library
  • More Library Resources: Don't forget that many public libraries offer a variety of resources to allow you access to ebooks, audiobooks, movies, TV shows, newspapers and more, all available online 24/7 and completely free. Check out Avalon's offerings below, or visit your local library's website for more information!

    Avalon Free Public Library - Digital Offerings
  • The Virtual Wetlands Experience: Check out The Virtual Wetlands Experience, an online gateway to The Wetlands Institute. There you'll find resources for parents, students, and educators; virtual Institute tours and animal encounters; community connections; and much more.

    The Wetlands Institute
  • Cape May County Zoo: The zoo is open every day from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Safety measures are being put in place and the capacity of the zoo will be watched closely to ensure it doesn't get overcrowded with guests.

    Cape May County Zoo
  • Open For Business: In these challenging times our local business partners are in need of your support. These local business owners are members of our community, employers of our neighbors, and providers of an amazing array of food and services that keep our community diverse and vibrant. Check out the list of local businesses that are open:

    Seven Mile Island  |  Cape May County

  • Recreation Departments: Avalon Recreation  |  Stone Harbor Recreation 
  • Borough Websites: Avalon Borough  |  Borough of Stone Harbor
  • Chambers of Commerce: Avalon Chamber of Commerce  |  Stone Harbor Chamber of Commerce
New Listings:
9 Leonard Lane, Avalon Manor, $869,900, ACTIVE MLS#: 210190

274 26th Street East, Avalon, $1,299,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 210215

6903 Ocean Drive, Avalon, $2,425,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 210146

4029 Dune Drive, Avalon, $2,500,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 210120

10804 Second Avenue, Stone Harbor, $3,395,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 210167

10553 Third Avenue, Stone Harbor, $4,195,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 210178
Properties Under Contract:

7800 Dune Drive, Unit 205, Avalon, $282,000, UNDER CONTRACT MLS#: 204281

177 80th Street, #103, Avalon, $410,000, UNDER CONTRACT MLS#: 210144

8001 Second Avenue, #205, Stone Harbor, $649,000, UNDER CONTRACT MLS#: 210125

C-47 Weber Court, Stone Harbor, $729,900, UNDER CONTRACT MLS#: 204755

8931 Second Avenue, #3, Stone Harbor, $750,000, UNDER CONTRACT MLS#: 210076

243 80th Street, Avalon, $979,000, UNDER CONTRACT MLS#: 204455

2188 Fifth Avenue, Avalon, $1,395,000, UNDER CONTRACT MLS#: 210193

2004 Ocean Drive, Avalon, $2,800,000, UNDER CONTRACT MLS#: 203544

9200 First Avenue, Stone Harbor, $3,575,000, UNDER CONTRACT MLS#: 204465
Properties Sold:
7888 Dune Drive, #104, Avalon, $252,000, SOLD MLS#: 202119

17 Seabreeze Lane, Avalon Manor, $575,000, SOLD MLS#: 200692

1116 Stone Harbor Boulevard, Stone Harbor Manor, $1,075,000, SOLD MLS#: 202930

3618 Dune Drive, Avalon, $1,910,000, SOLD MLS#: 203978

415 98th Street, Stone Harbor, $2,300,000, SOLD MLS#: 202805

7698 Dune Drive, Avalon, $2,900,000, SOLD MLS#: 158501

140 77th Street, Avalon, $3,200,000, SOLD MLS#: 140279

1369 First Avenue, Avalon, $3,250,000, SOLD MLS#: 204514

2448 Ocean Drive, Avalon, $3,895,000, SOLD MLS#: 203187

135 77th Street, Avalon, $3,900,000, SOLD MLS#: 173832

*Details are subject to change. Information is 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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