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Cape May, New Jersey
City in Cape May County, New Jersey, United States
Cape May was recognized as one of America's top 10 beaches by the Travel Channel and its beach was ranked fifth in New Jersey in the 2008 Top 10 Beaches Contest sponsored by the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium. It is also known as one of the best beaches on the Middle Atlantic coast.
What is now Cape May was originally formed as the borough of Cape Island by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 8, 1848, from portions of Lower Township. It was reincorporated as Cape Island City on March 10, 1851, and finally became Cape May City as of March 9, 1869.
A Stroll along Beach Avenue, Cape May, New Jersey (Video 3:35)
Cape May began hosting vacationers from Philadelphia in the mid 18th century and is recognized as the country's oldest seaside resort. Following the construction of Congress Hall in 1816, Cape May became increasingly popular in the 19th century and was considered one of the finest resorts in America by the 20th century.
The city has suffered two devastating fires. In the early hours of 31 August 1869 a fire broke out in the "Japanese store" on Washington Street. The fire destroyed the post office and at least thirty-five other buildings. Press reports at the time did not mention any deaths. In 1878, a five-day-long fire destroyed 30 blocks of the town center and, as part of the reconstruction efforts, replacement homes were almost uniformly of Victorian style. As a result of this and of more recent preservation efforts, Cape May is noted for its large number of well-maintained Victorian houses -- the second largest collection of such homes in the nation after San Francisco.
In 1976, the entire city of Cape May was officially designated a National Historic Landmark as the Cape May Historic District, making Cape May the only city in the United States wholly designated as such. That designation is intended to ensure the architectural preservation of these buildings.
U.S. Navy support during World War II
Because of the World War II submarine threat off the East Coast of the United States, especially off the shore of Cape May and at the mouth of the Delaware Bay, numerous United States Navy facilities were located here in order to protect American coastal shipping. Cape May Naval facilities, listed below, provided significant help in reducing the number of ships and crew members lost at sea.
Naval Air Station, Cape May
Naval Base, Cape May
Inshore Patrol, Cape May
Naval Annex, Inshore Patrol, Cape May
Joint Operations Office, Naval Base, Cape May
Welfare and Recreation Office, Cape May
Dispensary, Naval Air Station, Cape May
Naval Frontier Base, Cape May
Degaussing Range (Cold Spring Inlet), Naval Base, Cape May
Joint Operations Office, Commander Delaware Group, ESF, Cape May
Anti-Submarine Attack Teacher Training Unit, U.S. Naval Base, Cape May
Naval Annex, Admiral Hotel, Cape May
Cape May Harbor as seen from Devil's Reach.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city had a total area of 2.743 square miles (7.103 km2), including 2.404 square miles (6.226 km2) of land and 0.339 square miles (0.877 km2) of water (12.35%). Cape May is generally low-lying; its highest point, at the intersection of Washington and Jackson Streets, is 14 feet (4.3 m) above sea level.
Cape May Harbor, which borders Lower Township and nearby Wildwood Crest allows fishing vessels to enter from the Atlantic Ocean, was created as of 1911, after years of dredging completed the harbor which covers 500 acres (200 ha). Cape May Harbor Fest celebrates life in and around the harbor, with the 2011 event commemorating the 100th anniversary of the harbor's creation.
The 1,457 households accounted 16.3% with children under the age of 18 living with them; 44.6% were married couples living together; 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 46.3% were non-families. Of all households, 42.0% were made up of individuals, and 27.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.95 and the average family size was 2.64.
In the city, the population age was spread out with 12.8% under the age of 18, 20.6% from 18 to 24, 18.6% from 25 to 44, 20.3% from 45 to 64, and 27.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42.2 years. For every 100 females, the population had 104.7 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 107.4 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $35,660 (with a margin of error of +/- $4,248) and the median family income was $50,846 (+/- $16,315). Males had a median income of $43,015 (+/- $20,953) versus $31,630 (+/- $22,691) for females. The per capita income for the city was $30,046 (+/- $4,010). About 2.2% of families and 4.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.1% of those under age 18 and 7.1% of those age 65 or over.
There were 1,821 households out of which 18.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.6% were married couples living together, 7.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.2% were non-families. 39.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 24.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.02 and the average family size was 2.69.
In the city the population was spread out with 16.3% under the age of 18, 11.5% from 18 to 24, 19.8% from 25 to 44, 23.9% from 45 to 64, and 28.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.5 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $33,462, and the median income for a family was $46,250. Males had a median income of $29,194 versus $25,842 for females. The per capita income for the city was $29,902. About 7.7% of families and 9.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.0% of those under age 18 and 10.9% of those age 65 or over.
Shops at Downtown Cape May
Tourism is the dominant industry. Cape May's economy runs on shops, restaurants, lodgings and tourist attractions on Washington Street Mall, along the boardwalk and elsewhere throughout town. Many historic hotels and B&Bs dot the landscape. Commercial and sport fishing are also important to Cape May's economy. The Cove Beach host hundreds of swimmers, sunbathers, surfers, and hikers each day. Located at the very south west end of town, with a totally unobstructed view each day of the sunset Marine mammal watching, bird watching, and other forms of eco-tourism have become equally important. A small wine growing area is adjacent to Cape May and tours of several wineries are available.
For a period of several decades before 2010, French Canadian tourists visited Cape May during the summer. Cape May County established a tourism office in Montreal, Quebec, but around 1995 it closed due to budget cuts. By 2010 the tourism office of Cape May County established a French language coupon booklet.
Beach tags are required in order to use Cape May beaches.
Cape May has become known both for its Victoriangingerbread homes and its cultural offerings. The town hosts the Cape May Jazz Festival, the Cape May Music Festival and the Cape May, New Jersey Film Festival.Cape May Stage, an Equity theater founded in 1988, performs at the Robert Shackleton Playhouse on the corner of Bank and Lafayette Streets. East Lynne Theater Company, an Equity professional company specializing in American classics and world premieres, has its mainstage season from June-December and March, with school residencies throughout the year. Cape May is home to the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC), established in 1970 by volunteers who succeeded in saving the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate from demolition. MAC offers a wide variety of tours, activities and events throughout the year for residents and visitors and operates three Cape May area historic sites--the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate, the Cape May Lighthouse and the World War II Lookout Tower. The Center for Community Arts (CCA) offers African American history tours of Cape May, arts programs for young people and is transforming the historic Franklin Street School, constructed in 1928 to house African-American students in a segregated school, into a Community Cultural Center.
Cape May is the home of the so-called "Cape May diamonds". They show up at Sunset Beach and other beaches in the area. These are in fact clear quartz pebbles that wash down from the Delaware River. They begin as prismatic quartz (including the color sub-varieties such as smoky quartz and amethyst) in the quartz veins alongside the Delaware River that get eroded out of the host rock and wash down 200 miles to the shore. Collecting Cape May diamonds is a popular pastime and many tourist shops sell them polished or even as faceted stones.
The Cape May area is also world-famous for the observation of migrating birds, especially in the fall. With over 400 bird species having been recorded in this area by hundreds of local birders, Cape May is arguably the top bird-watching area in the entire Northeastern United States. The Cape May Warbler, a small songbird, takes it name from this location. The Cape May Bird Observatory is based nearby at Cape May Point.
Cape May is also a destination for marine mammal watching. Several species of whales and dolphins can be seen in the waters of the Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean, many within 10 miles (16 km) of land, due to the confluence of fresh and saltwater that make for a nutrient rich area for marine life. Whale and dolphin watching cruises are a year-round attraction in Cape May, part of an ecotourism / agritourism industry that generated $450 million in revenue in the county, the most of any in the state.
The Cape May Fisherman's Memorial, at Baltimore and Missouri Avenues, was erected in 1988. It consists of a circular plaza reminiscent of a giant compass, a granite statue of a mother and two small children looking out to Harbor Cove, and a granite monument listing the names of 75 local fishermen who died at sea. The names begin with Andrew Jeffers, who died in 1893, and include the six people who died in March 2009 with the sinking of the scalloping boat Lady Mary. The granite statue was designed by Heather Baird with Jerry Lynch. The memorial is maintained by the City of Cape May and administered by the Friends of the Cape May Fisherman's Memorial. Visitors often leave a stone or seashell on the statue's base in tribute to the fishermen.
Cape May Municipal Office, formerly the Cape May High School
Cape May Housing Authority
Effective July 1, 2004, the City of Cape May switched to a Council-Manager form of government under the Faulkner Act, after having used Plan A of the Faulkner Act Small Municipality form since 1995. The governing body consists of a Mayor and a Borough Council comprising four council members, with all positions elected at large in non-partisan elections. A Mayor is elected directly by the voters to a four-year term of office. The Borough Council is elected to serve four-year terms on a staggered basis, with three seats coming up for election and then the mayor and the fourth seat two years later. Following the 2004 elections, the first under the new form of government, lots were drawn to determine which of the newly elected members would serve a four-year term, with the other three serving two-year terms. A city manager is responsible for the city's executive functions, managing Cape May's activities and operation. Voters approved a November 2010 referendum to shift the city's elections from May to November, with city officials estimating that the change would save $30,000 in costs associated with each May election.
As of 2020[update], the Mayor of Cape May City is Clarence F. Lear III, whose term of office ends December 31, 2020. Other members of the Cape May City Council are Deputy Mayor Patricia Gray Hendricks (2020), Shaine P. Meier (2022), Zack Mullock (2022) and Stacy D. Sheehan (2022).
in March 2015, Councilman Jerry Inderwies Jr. resigned to protest what he called a "witch hunt" against the police chief. In the November 2015 general election, Roger Furlin was elected to fill the balance of the council seat vacated by Inderwies.
On February 4, 2020, former councilmember Jerry Inderwies Jr. was appointed by Cape May City Council to the position of City Manager, having had served as the Deputy City Manager since June 2018.
Federal, state and county representation
Cape May Post Office
Cape May City is located in the 2nd Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 1st state legislative district.
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 1,932 registered voters in Cape May City, of which 452 (23.4%) were registered as Democrats, 838 (43.4%) were registered as Republicans and 640 (33.1%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 2 voters registered to other parties.
In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 72.9% of the vote (737 cast), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 25.8% (261 votes), and other candidates with 1.3% (13 votes), among the 1,036 ballots cast by the city's 1,902 registered voters (25 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 54.5%. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 52.1% of the vote (608 ballots cast), ahead of both Democrat Jon Corzine with 39.1% (457 votes) and Independent Chris Daggett with 6.8% (80 votes), with 1,168 ballots cast among the city's 2,069 registered voters, yielding a 56.5% turnout.
For seventh through twelfth grades, public school students attend the schools of the Lower Cape May Regional School District, which serves students from Cape May City, Cape May Point, Lower Township and West Cape May. Schools in the district (with 2018-19 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are
Richard M. Teitelman Middle School with 472 students in grades 7-8 and
Lower Cape May Regional High School with 828 students in grades 9-12. In the 2011-12 school year, the city of Cape May paid $6 million in property taxes to cover the district's 120 high school students, an average of $50,000 per student attending the Lower Cape May district. Cape May officials have argued that the district's funding formula based on assessed property values unfairly penalizes Cape May, which has higher property values and a smaller number of high school students as a percentage of the population than the other constituent districts, especially Lower Township. The district's board of education has nine members, who are elected directly by voters to serve three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with three seats up for election each year Seats on the board are allocated based on population, with Cape May City assigned one seat.
Students are also eligible to attend Cape May County Technical High School in Cape May Court House, which serves students from the entire county in its comprehensive and vocational programs, which are offered without charge to students who are county residents.
Colleges in the Cape May area include Rutgers University, Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences and Atlantic Cape Community College.
The Cape May Branch of the Cape May County Public Library is located in Cape May City.
Route 109 northbound in Cape May
Roads and highways
As of May 2010[update], the city had a total of 31.63 miles (50.90 km) of roadways, of which 24.99 miles (40.22 km) were maintained by the municipality and 6.64 miles (10.69 km) by Cape May County.
The Delaware River and Bay Authority operates a shuttle bus in the summer months which connects the Cape May Welcome Center with the Cape May-Lewes Ferry terminal.
Cape May Star and Wave offices
Cape May is served by several media outlets including WCFA-LP 101.5 FM, a commercial-free jazz and community station, the weekly Cape May Star and Wave, as well as free weekly newspapers, The Cape May Gazette and Exit Zero, and local websites CapeMay.com and Cape May Times.
The name Exit Zero refers to the town's location at the far southern end of the Garden State Parkway near the intersection with Route 109. Informally, the entire town is sometimes called Exit Zero.
Coast Guard Training Center Cape May
The United States Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, New Jersey is the nation's only Coast Guard Recruit Training Center. In 1924, the U.S. Coast Guard occupied the base and established air facilities for planes used in support of United States Customs Service efforts. During the Prohibition era, several cutters were assigned to Cape May to foil rumrunners operating off the New Jersey coast. After Prohibition, the Coast Guard all but abandoned Cape May leaving a small air/sea rescue contingent. For a short period of time (1929-1934), part of the base was used as a civilian airport. With the advent of World War II, a larger airstrip was constructed and the United States Navy returned to train aircraft carrier pilots. The over the water approach simulated carrier landings at sea. The Coast Guard also increased its Cape May forces for coastal patrol, anti-submarine warfare, air/sea rescue and buoy service. In 1946, the Navy relinquished the base to the Coast Guard.
In 1948, all entry level training on the East Coast was moved to the U.S. Coast Guard Recruit Receiving Station in Cape May. The Coast Guard consolidated all recruit training functions in Cape May in 1982. Over 350 military and civilian personnel and their dependents are attached to Training Center Cape May.
According to the Köppen climate classification system, Cape May, New Jersey has a humid subtropical climate (Cfa) with hot, moderately humid summers, cool winters and year-around precipitation. Its climate resembles that of its neighbor, the Delmarva Peninsula. Cfa climates are characterized by all months having an average mean temperature > 32.0 °F (> 0.0 °C), at least four months with an average mean temperature >= 50.0 °F (>= 10.0 °C), at least one month with an average mean temperature >= 71.6 °F (>= 22.0 °C) and no significant precipitation difference between seasons. During the summer months in Cape May, a cooling afternoon sea breeze is present on most days, but episodes of extreme heat and humidity can occur with heat index values >= 95 °F (>= 35 °C). During the winter months, episodes of extreme cold and wind can occur with wind chill values < 0 °F (< -18 °C). The plant hardiness zone at Cape May Beach is 7b with an average annual extreme minimum air temperature of 7.7 °F (-13.5 °C). The average seasonal (November-April) snowfall total is around 12 inches (300 mm), and the average snowiest month is February which corresponds with the annual peak in nor'easter activity.
Climate data for Cape May Beach, NJ (1981-2010 Averages)
^ abStaff. "Life Style; Old Resort Draws New Clientele: Honeymooners", The New York Times, July 23, 1989. Accessed July 4, 2011. "At one time, Cape May was known as the serene Victorian getaway of four Presidents and scores of wealthy New York and Philadelphia industrialists. But recently, Cape May, the nation's oldest seaside resort, has begun to attract a new breed of beachgoer.... Innkeepers here say Cape May's 19th-century ambiance and views of the Atlantic Ocean are the main reasons this sleepy city of 5,000 (50,000 in the summer) has become popular for weddings and honeymoons."
^Urgo, Jacqueline L. "Triumph for South Jersey", The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 23, 2008. Accessed October 29, 2015. "Neighboring Wildwood Crest came in second, followed by Ocean City, North Wildwood, Cape May, Asbury Park in Monmouth County, Avalon, Point Pleasant Beach in northern Ocean County, Beach Haven in southern Ocean County and Stone Harbor."
^ Cape May Historic Preservation Commission. "Design Standards", Published Fall 2002, Standard Publishing, Inc; page 8.
^DiGiacomo, Robert. "Beach bicentennial: Cape May's Congress Hall resort hits 200", USA Today, June 25, 2016. Accessed March 21, 2018. "Like many ladies of a certain age, Congress Hall has enjoyed her fair share of drama and notoriety over the decades. The original hotel, built of wood, helped usher in Cape May's role as the leading resort of the early 19th century."
^Victorian Cape May, Cape May Times. Accessed July 4, 2011. "Cape May looked a lot different before the fire of 1878. The town is the oldest seashore resort in the nation. In the 1800s, Cape May had quite a collection of classically designed seaside hotels. The fire of 1878 wiped out 30 blocks of the early seashore town, including some of the resort's major hotels, including the original Congress Hall.... And, for the most part, the new buildings that went up were built in the modern style of the day...later known as the Victorian style... lots of gingerbread trim, gables and turrets."
^Kent, Bill. "Development; If They Build It, Will Even More Come? Cape May Ponders Parking Garage", The New York Times, November 9, 1997. Accessed July 4, 2011. "William Bolger, manager of the National Park Service Historic Landmarks Program for the Northeast, confirmed that he had been surveying Cape May to evaluate the city's historic buildings since January. 'Cape May is unique in America in that, since 1977, the entire city has been designated a National Historic Landmark District,' Mr. Bolger said. 'That means everything within the city limits is considered of historic landmark status.'"
^Preston, Benjamin. "Cape May, New Jersey's Battle Against Nature", The Earth Institute, June 20, 2011. Accessed July 4, 2011. "Beach erosion is a perennial challenge for coastal communities, but in Cape May, man began accelerating the natural process in 1903. That year, dredges began scooping sand and muck out of the small harbor, expanding it to its current 500 acres. By 1911, a pair of massive stone jetties were completed to protect the mouth of Cape May Inlet."
^Staff. "Cape May Harbor Fest offers activities on land and sea"Archived 2011-10-01 at the Wayback Machine, Shore News Today, June 9, 2011. Accessed July 4, 2011. "Cape May's Harbor Fest, a celebration of seafood and song, the sea, its culture, economy and ecology, will take place 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, June 18 in and along the banks of Cape May Harbor on Delaware Avenue, with many of the land-based activities taking place at the Nature Center of Cape May.This year's festival commemorates the 100th anniversary of Cape May Harbor."
^Weaver, Meg. "Counterintuitive Geographic Facts and Other Minutiae", 'National Geographic Intelligent Travel, June 28, 2011. Accessed November 10, 2015. "Being the fact hound that I am, I had to check it out. Turns out, he's almost right. According to the U.S. Gazetteer, the latitude of Cape May, New Jersey, the Garden State's southernmost tip, is actually 38.96 degrees north while our fair National Geographic Headquarters in Washington, D.C., is 38.90 degrees north."
^Reich, Ronni. "Cape May Music Festival puts together an eclectic schedule", The Star-Ledger, May 24, 2013. Accessed October 8, 2013. 'Classical ensembles from across the region, from the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players to the Bay-Atlantic Symphony, will take the stage for the 24th Cape May Festival. World music, jazz and country are also among the beachside musical offerings, which begin Sunday and continue through June 13."
^AboutArchived 2013-11-27 at the Wayback Machine, Cape May Film Festival . Accessed October 8, 2013. "The Cape May NJ State Film Festival is New Jersey's premiere weekend film festival dedicated exclusively to the support and presentation of creative, challenging, groundbreaking, film/video works by New Jersey filmmakers.... It has grown from a three-day event attracting an audience of 500 in 2001 to a four-day film festival drawing thousands annually."
^About MAC, Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities. Accessed October 8, 2013. "The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) is a multi-faceted non-profit organization that promotes the restoration, interpretation and cultural enrichment of greater Cape May for its residents and visitors."
^About, Center for Community Arts. Accessed August 29, 2015.
^Cherry-Farmer. Stephanie. "People Preserving Places: Cape May's Franklin Street School", Preserve NJ, December 12, 2011. Accessed October 8, 2013. "Designed in the Colonial Revival Style by the architectural firm of Edwards and Green of Philadelphia and Camden, the Franklin Street School opened in September 1928 as an elementary school for Cape May's African-American children.... Currently, the Center is working with the city to rehabilitate the school for use as a community cultural center and the focal point for African-American heritage tours of the area."
^Degener, Richard. "Cape May Government-Change Vote Challenged", The Press of Atlantic City, July 8, 2003. Accessed April 20, 2012. "A recount upheld the two-vote margin to change the form of government, and now some residents are asking a judge to set aside the decision and order a new election in November. Residents voted 422-420 on May 13 to return the city to the council-manager form of government."
^Conti, Vince. "Cape May Appoints Inderwies Jr. as City Manager", Cape May County Herald, February 11, 2020. Accessed March 22, 2020. "Jerry Inderwies Jr. was appointed as Cape May's city manager Feb. 4. Inderwies is a former elected member of Cape May City Council, son of a former mayor, and former chief of the city's fire department. Members of the council praised Inderwies' work as deputy city manager, to then split their vote over complaints that the council's process for Inderwies' selection was, in the opinion of Councilman Zack Mullock, 'flawed.'"
^School Choice Brochure, Lower Cape May Regional School District. Accessed March 21, 2018. "Lower Cape May Regional High School is a four-year comprehensive public High School that serves students from Cape May, West Cape May, Lower Township, Cape May Point and now Choice School students."
^Fichter, Jack. "Cape May Paying $50K Per Student to Regional School District", Cape May County Herald, January 4, 2012. Accessed March 21, 2018. "Cape May -- Taxpayers here pay $50,000 per year for each student sent to the Lower Cape May Regional High School District, a total of $6 million per year.... Deputy Mayor Jack Wichterman said Cape May was paying $6 million to send 120 kids to the regional school district.... 'We have no say in the formula that's utilized to determine how much money we pay to that school district,' he said. 'There are several formulas that can be used and the one that the Lower Township members of that school board chose to use is the one that penalizes the City of Cape May because our real estate values are so much higher than they are in Lower Township.'"
^Comprehensive Annual Financial Report of the Lower Cape May Regional School District, New Jersey Department of Education, for year ending June 30, 2018. Accessed February 3, 2020. "The Lower Cape May Regional School District (District) is a Type II school district located in Cape May County, New Jersey and covers an area of approximately 34 square miles. As a Type II school district, it functions independently through a Board of Education. The Board is comprised of nine members elected to three-year terms. These terms are staggered so that three member's terms expire each year. The purpose of the School District is to provide educational services for all of Lower Cape May Regional's students in grades 7 through 12."
^Crowley, Terence J. A Response to the Cape May Study to Reconfigure the Lower Cape May Regional School District, Lower Cape May Regional School District, January 6, 2014. Accessed February 11, 2020. "The Lower Cape May Regional District (Regional is classified as a Limited Purpose District.... It is a Type II district and apportions the Board of Education seats based upon the most recent United States Census. It has nine seats on the Board and that are apportioned as follows: Cape May City 1; West Cape May 1; Lower Township 7."
^About, Cape May Seashore Lines. Accessed July 8, 2019. "PRSL 'through' service to Camden continued until January 14, 1966, and to Philadelphia until September 30, 1969, requiring the remaining passengers to change trains at Lindenwold.... Passenger service between Lindenwold and Ocean City ended on August 13, 1981, and to Cape May City on October 2, 1981."
^Getting Here & Getting Around, Cape May-Lewes Ferry. Accessed June 20, 2017. "Cape May Shuttle: The shuttle leaves from the Cape May Ferry Terminal, meets incoming boats from 10:30Am through 4:30PM and loops continuously to the Cape May Welcome Center (609 Lafayette St.), which is a short walk from most Cape May attractions. This shuttle runs from late May through the end of September."
^Hoffman, Barbara. "Killing Kitsch - Going Beyond the Quaint in Cape May; Cape Crusader", New York Post, August 28, 2007. Accessed October 8, 2013. "I knew it was down there - I just didn't care. After 25 years in North Jersey, a k a 'the very West Side,' I'd never ventured down the shore to Cape May. I'm not alone. Randomly polled neighbors - who routinely head to the Hamptons and Cape Cod - showed zero interest in the Garden State Parkway's Exit Zero, hailed for its gingerbread Victoriana by the sea."
^Kluger, Cindy J. "From rum to subs: The Coast Guard in Cape May", Cape May Magazine, November 1, 2000. Accessed October 7, 2013. "In 1924, the Coast Guard took over the World War I Cape May City's naval air station fighting the rumrunners and bootleggers with eight seventy-five foot patrol boats.... Over time they were united and placed under the umbrella of the USCG, which, in turn, was placed under Navy Department control in 1941, moved to Treasury Department control in 1946, and finally transferred to the newly-formed Department of Transportation in 1967, where it remains today."
^Gilfillian, Trudi. "Morley Tribute Halfway There", The Press of Atlantic City, February 8, 2003. Accessed April 20, 2012. "About half of Cozy Morley's statue is paid for, and organizers are looking for help with the other half.The money, about $60,000, is earmarked for a life-size bronze statue of Morley along with a Memorial Day weekend tribute to the popular entertainer known for singing the famed tune On the Way to Cape May."
^Pree bioArchived 2013-02-03 at the Wayback Machine, Army of Freshmen. Accessed October 7, 2013. "Started by lead singer, Chris Jay, who moved as a teenager by himself to California from his hometown of Cape May, New Jersey, and met fellow AOF members, Aaron Goldberg, Owen Bucey, Dan Clark and Kai Dodson at a local coffeehouse where he was performing, the band first made a name for themselves in the Ventura County area."
^Staff. "John D. Lankenau Dead.", The New York Times, August 31, 1901. Accessed November 22, 2016. "John D. Lankenau, well-known philanthropist and member of the Drexel family, who was stricken with paralysis last Wednesday, died this afternoon at his residence in this city. He was eighty-four years of age. Early in the Summer he sustained his first stroke of paralysis in his Summer home at Cape May, N.J., but he recovered sufficiently to return to this city at the end of July. "
^"KiXX agree to terms with three vets, Cape May native Anthony Maher", OurSportsCentral, October 22, 2008. Accessed November 22, 2016. "The KiXX will be Maher's sixth team in eight years, having spent the last two with the Wave. The Cape May, NJ native scored 13 goals in 26 games last season for Milwaukee, who finished in a tie for first place during the regular season with a superb 22-8 record."
^"Oral history interview with Barbara Lee Smith, 2009 March 16-17", Archives of American Art. Accessed November 22, 2016. "MS. RIEDEL: Well, I think that's a perfect segue back to the East Coast, where you grew up, and this full circle that we're talking about. You spent a lot of time growing up in Cape May, and certainly nature, the immensity of nature there, is extremely moving. MS. SMITH: Oh, yeah. It's wonderful. It was a great place to grow up."