Doug Wear
Weekly News - April 15, 2021
SPRING BEACH SWEEPS: Join your friends and neighbors and help keep our beaches trash-free. Consider volunteering for a few hours on Saturday morning, April 17th for Clean Ocean Action's annual, Spring Beach Sweep.

Learn More: Spring Beach Sweeps
AVALON SPRING DUNE GRASS PLANTING: Volunteers are needed to help plant dune grass on Saturday, April 17, 2021. Everyone is welcome to participate in this important project.

Learn More: Avalon Spring Dune Grass Planting
STONE HARBOR DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS: Please be aware that the current maintenance in progress at the water tower places a strain on the Borough's water supply. They kindly ask that all homeowners and residents make a conscious effort to conserve water for the next 4-6 weeks.

Learn More: Water Conservation Encouraged During Current Water Tower Maintenance Project
STONE HARBOR BOROUGH COUNCIL recently rescinded its 2021 budget it introduced three weeks earlier. The action followed two days of council budget hearings held, in part, because the introduced budget was in danger of not having the necessary votes to adopt it. The borough then introduced a new $19.1 million current fund budget that represented a decrease of $700,000 from the amount first proposed for 2021, during a Feb. 11 council meeting. 

Learn More: Stone Harbor Rescinds, Reintroduces '21 Budget

Stone Harbor Beach
Not enough sand for back passing in Stone Harbor...
NO BACK PASSING TO HELP STONE HARBOR BEACHES: A March Stone Harbor Department of Public Works report noted the loss of sand on borough beaches, from 104th to 111th streets, due to storm activity. A limited transfer of sand from beaches at 120th and 123rd streets followed. Public Works Director Grant Russ told Stone Harbor Borough Council recently that Stone Harbor does not have access to sufficient sand to support significant back passing projects, like the ones conducted in neighboring Avalon. Russ said the borough location where sand accumulates is at the Point, a protected area for nesting birds. Other than the sand at the Point, "there is just not enough sand on our beaches to do back passing."

Learn More: No Back Passing to Help Stone Harbor Beaches
AVALON'S VERY POPULAR BEACH MOVIE SERIES continues this summer! Bring your family to the 30th Street beach in Avalon at dusk for these free beach movies! Just bring a beach chair or a blanket and enjoy the show!

Learn More: Avalon Recreation Department
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:
  • Stone Harbor Shiverrr & Shake Goes Virtual: Shake off this past year after you plunge in to the ocean, the bay, your bath tub - whatever works for you - when you participate in Stone Harbor's Virtual Stone Harbor Shiverrr & Shake! You'll send them your selfies, photos & videos with chances to win prizes for Best Costume, Most Creative Shiverrr & Shake, Best Selfie, Best Photo and Best Video. Proceeds benefit the Stone Harbor Chamber of Commerce and Family Promise of Cape May.

    Stone Harbor Shiverrr & Shake - March 20th - May 2nd
  • Harbor Hop Virtual 5K or 2 Mile Walk: Hippity-hop! It's time to register for the Harbor Hop, Stone Harbor's virtual 5K or 2 mile walk. Run your own race, on your own time, at your own pace... anytime during the month of April!

    Harbor Hop Virtual 5K or 2 Mile Walk
  • Avalon Spring Dune Grass Planting: Volunteers are needed to help plant dune grass on Saturday, April 17, 2021. Everyone is welcome to participate in this important project.

    Avalon Spring Dune Grass Planting
  • Tree Seedlings: Will be offered to all New Jersey residents, and any homeowners in Cape May County by the Avalon Environmental Commission. All of the tree seedlings will be appropriate species for the shore environment.

    Avalon Environmental Commission to Offer Free Tree Seedlings Saturday, May 1st
  • Avalon Garden Club Yard Sale, Paper Shredding, Bike Auction, and Plant Sale: The Avalon Garden Club will hold its annual community-wide yard sale on Saturday, May 8th. The Club is asking all participants to socially distance when you visit individual properties, and follow all Covid-19 guidelines. Additionally, the Borough of Avalon will be holding the annual Community Paper Shredding Day, starting at 9:00am at the Avalon Department of Public Works. The Avalon Police Department will be holding its bicycle auction at 12 Noon, also at Public Works. The Avalon Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual Plant Sale at the firehouse starting at 9:00am, at 31st Street and Dune Drive in Avalon. The Department will not be holding its Hoagie Sale this year due to Covid-19 concerns.

    Avalon Garden Club Yard Sale, Paper Shredding, Bike Auction, and Plant Sale
  • Native Plant Sale: Aligning your garden and landscaping to be beneficial to butterflies, pollinators, and songbirds is a great way to help support a healthy environment. Few things are as interesting and wonderful as butterflies and hummingbirds enjoying a vibrant and beautiful garden. This year, the Wetlands Institute is holding its annual native perennial plant sale entirely remotely. They have selected a beautiful array of plants that will bloom throughout the season and provide all the various food resources that butterflies, songbirds, hummingbirds, and other pollinators need to thrive. Every year, they sell out so be sure and order your plants ahead as they can't guarantee plants will be available after May 7. You can order online at their Tidepool Shop or by using the form on their website, and then conveniently pick up your plants at the Institute May 14 - 15.

    The Wetlands Institute
  • Beachside Science at Surfside Park: "Beachside Science at Surfside Park" is a brand new program to Avalon in 2021. Presented by the Wetlands Institute of Stone Harbor, and sponsored by the Avalon Environmental Commission, you will have multiple opportunities to learn the "Secrets of the Beach: Creatures Who Share Our Barrier Island". This program will be offered for free at Avalon's Surfside Park, 30th Street and the beach in Avalon on the third Wednesday of May, June, July, August, and September, 2021, at 6:00pm. The exact dates are May 19th, June 16th, July 21st, August 18th, and September 15th.
    Avalon Environmental Commission Sponsors Beachside Science at Surfside Park
  • Summer Nature Program: Registration for this year is now open, and the Wetlands Institute has doubled the fun for Summer '21! For kids who love nature, they have the perfect summertime opportunity: A week (or two, or three!) of fun, hands-on exploration and discovery - and this year, there are TWO great ways to enjoy it. Join them at the Institute for their traditional in-person experience: engage in science experimentation and investigation, play games, go on field trips, create arts and crafts, and much more. Or bring the adventure home with their Summer Nature Program Adventure Chests - packed with everything kids need to explore, including activities, games, crafts, experiments, videos, places to go, access to our secret virtual Bitmoji Adventure Space, and more!

    The Wetlands Institute
  • Sundays at Surfside: The Avalon Department of Recreation has announced the "Sundays at Surfside" concert schedule for the Summer of 2021. All concerts will be held Sunday evenings starting at 7:00pm, and will run for 90 minutes. The concerts are held at Avalon's Surfside Park, located adjacent to the Avalon boardwalk, just north of Community Hall at 30th Street and the beach. All concerts are free to the public; bring a beach chair or blanket and enjoy the show. The Borough of Avalon will require compliance with all related Covid-19 protocols that are in place at the time of these concerts. Avalon provides a free parking lot adjacent to Surfside Park for the convenience of their visitors.

    Sundays at Surfside
  • Avalon Lions Club Annual Golf Tournament: The Avalon Lions Club has a June 27th, 2021 target date for their biggest fundraiser of the year. The planning and preparation for the 12th annual day of golf at the Avalon Golf Club is already underway. The day will include a barbecue lunch and dinner along with live and silent auctions, and prizes. The outing benefits the Helen L. Diller Vacation Home for Blind Children and more than a dozen Cape May County charities.

    Avalon Lions Club Annual Golf Tournament
  • Do Avalon - Preseason Edition: Avalon really is cooler by a mile! For more than a century, Avalon has been a popular vacation destination for beach lovers everywhere. Located on the Seven Mile Island, sharing the island with Stone Harbor to the south, this island offers a unique charm that you won't find anywhere else. You will certainly be surprised at how much there is to do within the small town of Avalon, especially in the off season.

    Do Avalon: Preseason Edition
  • Do Stone Harbor - Preseason Edition: Stone Harbor is a place of pure joy, special memories, and family traditions. It is full of sandy beaches, a shopping district, top-rated eateries and so much more! Read on to take a peek beyond the normal summer activities that make Stone Harbor so special. Learn to enjoy the town in a new way leading up to the 2021 season.

    Do Stone Harbor: Preseason Edition
  • 2021 Avalon Information & Recreation Guide Is Here! Now posted on the Borough website, you can go through the guide to view everything Avalon has in store for you this year (Covid-19 restrictions willing, of course!):

    Avalon Information & Recreation Guide
  • 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 4:30 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:
7900 Dune Drive, 210, Avalon, $325,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 211296

7888 Dune Drive, 210, Avalon, $339,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 211292

7888 Dune Drive, 128, Avalon, $351,500, ACTIVE MLS#: 211295

270 36th Street, Avalon, $2,995,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 211274

74 38th Street, Avalon, $9,350,000, ACTIVE MLS#: 211261
Properties Under Contract:

414 Avalon Blvd., Avalon Manor, $165,000, UNDER CONTRACT MLS#: 190130

7888 Dune Drive, 124, Avalon, $349,000, UNDER CONTRACT MLS#: 189703

9511 Sunset Drive, 401, Stone Harbor, $420,000, UNDER CONTRACT MLS#: 210451

2655 Dune Drive, B, Avalon, $599,999, UNDER CONTRACT MLS#: 210526

2326 Dune Drive, Avalon, $1,095,000, UNDER CONTRACT MLS#: 211265

7888 Dune Drive, Avalon, $1,499,999, UNDER CONTRACT MLS#: 185665

156 102nd Street, Stone Harbor, $2,400,000, UNDER CONTRACT MLS#: 211178

10 E. 23rd Street, Avalon, $2,995,000, UNDER CONTRACT MLS#: 211277

337 93rd Street, Stone Harbor, $3,100,000, UNDER CONTRACT MLS#: 204506

193 18th Street, Avalon, $3,495,000, UNDER CONTRACT MLS#: 211192

3955 Dune Drive, Avalon, $3,495,000, UNDER CONTRACT MLS#: 211059

11 Heron Drive, Avalon, $5,795,000, UNDER CONTRACT MLS#: 211293
Properties Sold:
7888 Dune Drive, 101, Avalon, $302,250, SOLD MLS#: 210857

107 30th Street, 107, Avalon, $695,000, SOLD MLS#: 204175

280 85th Street, Stone Harbor, $1,500,000, SOLD MLS#: 204499

4351 Ocean Drive, Avalon, $1,710,000, SOLD MLS#: 210465

163 83rd Street, Stone Harbor, $2,155,000, SOLD MLS#: 204298

4388 Ocean Drive, Avalon, $3,207,500, SOLD MLS#: 204387

150 113th Street, Stone Harbor, $4,375,000, SOLD MLS#: 202919

*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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