Cape May Convention Hall did not have flood insurance when it opened in May. An application was made in July, but it has not yet been approved.
Ester Stone, left, of Morrow's Nut House on the Promenade, waits on customers Clifford and Christina Shikler, of Brooklyn, N.Y., as they buy candy at the shop.
Sue and Chris Nurney, of Hatboro, Pa., enjoy breakfast at Zoe's across the street from the Cape May Convention Hall. “I don’t even care if it’s another restaurant. We need to fill up those stores,” Jane Wood, who owns Zoe’s, a restaurant on the corner, said of the empty shops.
Sandra Mancuso, of Cappelliti's Mangia's Beach Front on the Promenade, said the pizza business has increased since the Convention Hall opened this spring.
Visitors patronize the Fudge Kitchen on the promenade a block down from the hall. Owner Joe Bogle says the hall "certainly helped our business. I wouldn’t call it a dramatic increase, but it helped. We stay open all the time and last winter it was tough."
Bill Lauth owns Pete Smith's Surf Shop adjacent to the hall on the promenade. Lauth agreed to keep his shop open into the shoulder season. “I made a commitment to this store. I had to have trust in the city and so far it seems to be a worthwhile investment. The real name of the game is the off season,” he said.
A view of the new Cape May Convention Hall from across the street. Business owners around the new Cape May Convention Hall have seen an increase in business since the opening of the facility.
There are still a few vacant stores across from the hall. Business owners around the new Cape May Convention Hall are hoping they will be filled soon, too.
Pictures inside the hall show views of the original hall from the '30s and '40s.
Business owners around the new Cape May Convention Hall have seen an increase in business since the opening of the facility. A convention center has the potential to draw millions in revenue to the city.