The Cape May Beach Safety Committee reconvened in September 2021 with Steve Steger as Committee Chair, Christine DiDonato as Committee Secretary, and Lorraine Baldwin as Council Representative. Four openings on the committee were available but filled by May 2022.
Marc DeBlasio, P.E., accepted the position of Advisory Engineer with the Beach Safety Committee. The City of Cape May had a need for an engineer with coastal experience and nominated Mr. DeBlasio for the role. He will help guide the committee regarding engineering matters, regulatory requirements, potential funding opportunities, and practical construction solutions related to the beach profile, engineering options and safety concerns.
The Beach Safety Committee have identified five areas of concentration including:
The Cape May Beach Safety Committee has been working with State Officials on issues regarding possible improvements to the beach.
Cape May Beach Patrol is updating their website to include a QR code that links directly to beach safety information. In conjunction with the Cape May Police Department, the Beach Patrol will be utilizing signage throughout the City, including at beach entrances, to allow easy access to online and in-person services. Beach Patrol’s website currently houses beach safety information including daily surf and weather reports. The public can also stay informed by using the Nixle message delivery service. Safety alerts can be received via text message, email, or website at no cost. More information on Nixle can be found on the City’s website at www.capemaycity.com.
To expand beach safety information and education, the committee is continuing to incorporate a pilot education program at local schools in Cape May. The program will be presented by current and veteran Cape May lifeguards. After review of the current pilot program, a larger launch initiative is set to be implemented.
The Cape May Beach Safety Committee has also been working diligently to establish easier access to the beach. Each entrance point will have an ADA mat that further extends towards the ocean for easier wheelchair and stroller access. For those who may need assistance, there are beach-friendly wheelchairs available. Ask your beach tagger for more information.
The Safety Committee has also been working on continuing to further the implementation of the Public Address System east of Convention Hall. Once completed, the extended speaker system can be used at Beach Patrol Headquarters and Convention Hall for public safety announcements.
The Cape May Beach Safety Committee, along with the Cape May Beach Patrol, will host an open house at Beach Patrol Headquarters on Sunday, June 26th from 9:00 - 10:00 AM. Headquarters is located at 238 Beach Avenue, Cape May. Come out and meet your lifeguards and committee members and learn more about the beach safety initiatives.