MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR
On behalf of City Council and our entire community, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the City of
Cape May’s updated and evolving website. As we progressively transition to a fully interactive website, our commitment is to continue to conduct municipal business in an open and transparent manner by allowing all individuals the opportunity to access governmental information, assistance, records, programs, and services efficiently and effectively. Our focus will continue to be on treating all our residents, business persons, and visitors fairly and without prejudice. Our mission is to provide an inclusive government where people living and working in Cape May have the opportunity to help formulate a direction for Cape May, through the planning and funding processes, to ensure that we have the type of community and scope of services which meet the needs of our residents, business people, and visitors. Known as “The Nation’s Oldest Seashore Resort”, the City of Cape May has enjoyed a longstanding reputation as a Summer destination for tourists. With a current permanent population of 3,800 residents, our town plays host to 45,000 vacationers during the Summer weekends. With over 600 Victorian era structures in use, the entire City of Cape May was declared a National Historic Landmark by the United States Department of the Interior. These particular houses and hotels comprise one of the largest existing collections of late 19th Century frame buildings in the country. Our two linear miles of pristine beaches on the Atlantic Ocean are continually cleaned and replenished while being protected seasonally by the professional lifeguards of the Cape May Beach Patrol.
This significant achievement has been coupled with a model program of a public-private partnership to infuse a progressive growth of Cape May’s annual economy into a 10.5 month season, as opposed to the standard 12 week season in most seashore resorts. Within this wide array of public-private partnership initiatives, tremendous opportunities have been successfully pursued to unify the residential and business segments of the Cape May population to achieve the civic, social, recreational, cultural, arts, financial, and tourism goals of the entire community. Our current comprehensive schedule of recreational, arts, history, cultural, social, environmental, and educational programs, services, and activities could not possibly be funded and staffed by the City of Cape May and the private sector on a year-round basis without the dedication and commitment of an army of volunteers.
Please continue to visit our new multi-purpose Convention Hall facility and/or follow the schedule of activities on our website. The new Convention Hall houses the same uses and programs as the former hall and serves primarily as a community center with the ability to accommodate 1-3 day professional seminars and conferences. In addition, it allows us to explore new cultural events and exhibits while offering a new venue to share the traditional uses and programs. The Convention Hall has been home to many Cape May City Recreation Programs such as roller skating, craft shows, general exhibitions, dances for children, teens and adults, as well as concerts, theatrical performances, and traditional special events including the Jazz Festival, Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities Music Festival, and Kiwanis Club Pancake Breakfast.
Welcome to the City of Cape May’s website. We look forward to servicing your needs.
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Dr. Edward J. Mahaney, Jr.