City awarded $35,000 emergency management grant
Cape May City has been awarded a $35,000 matching grant to install a new public-address system along the beachfront.
“This Communication System will provide an instant means to notify beachgoers and waterfront guests of an emergency situation. Cape May City’s remote location makes it imperative that everything possible be done to alert the community early during an emergency to keep the public informed and so that evacuation can occur in an orderly manner,” Mayor Ed Mahaney said in a news release.
The public-address system will serve the entire waterfront, which extends from Third Avenue to Wilmington Avenue, about 2.3 miles. The Communications System will be managed from the Beach Patrol Headquarters at the Grant Street beach and would be able to be controlled remotely from Police Headquarters or from a mobile command station.
The grant was provided by the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety through the Emergency Management Performance Grant Program.
New zoning officer named
The borough of Wildwood Crest has named Patrick Malia as its new zoning officer as of Jan. 1.
Malia serves as municipal construction official through a shared services agreement with the city of North Wildwood. He is taking on the additional duties of zoning officer as part of the effort to streamline services and reduce employee staffing levels.
Malia is replacing Paul DiFilippo as zoning officer. DiFilippo is set to retire at the close of 2012. Malia can be reached at 609-522-5176, ext. 159. For more information, call the clerk/administrator’s office at 609-522-5176.