Ideas, idle gossip, and occasionally important odds ’n’ ends… by Jack Wright
Saw an interesting post on the Cool Cape May Facebook page by local realtor Jim McBride, who asked if we should be extending the Cape May promenade all the way east to Wilmington. “Maybe some bike lanes, running lanes,” wrote Jim.
Not surprisingly, the comments were divided. There were those who think we shouldn’t change anything about America’s Original Seaside Resort and that we definitely shouldn’t be encouraging more commerce on the promenade. Then there were those who would love to see more facilities for visitors and locals. And, naturally, there were those who feared that such a development would encourage even more parking meters.
Me? I think it’s a great idea, though I agree that commercial development should not be allowed. The current promenade is 1.4 miles long (though it seems so much longer every time I run the length of it, which has happened… twice in my life). Extending it would enable people to stroll, power-walk (thinking of you, Viviane Rowan) or jog, while taking in an expanded panoramic view of the beach and ocean. I would love to see biking access, too, but it’s tricky with our relatively narrow promenade. The Wildwoods Boardwalk Special Improvement District did a great job with their six-mile bike-and-pedestrian path, completed in 2012, but we just don’t have the width for such a project. Anyone who’s walked over the Brooklyn Bridge will know how tense the pedestrian-cyclist vibe can get when the place gets busy. But maybe there’s a compromise.
Either way, great question, Jim McBride. Maybe this is one of the subjects that the new (and hopefully re-invigorated) city council can discuss after the November election.
~ Every Thursday is when one of my favorite Cape May events happens — Movies on the Beach. Tonight (July 24), the wonderful Gremlins is showing. The following week it’s Goonies and then, on August 7, one of the greatest movies of all time, Jaws. I will never forget looking over the beach last year when that Spielberg classic played — there were around 1,000 people laid out watching the movie, under the light of the moon (at least, I like to think there was a beautiful, silvery moon that night — artistic license). A memorable sight.
~ I should mention that it wasn’t only Jeannie Monge (owner of Bella Vida) who turned 60 recently. Her husband (and co-0wner) Chris also reached that landmark — the difference is that his photo (and age) weren’t splashed all over the pages of Exit Zero. And Chris, you look pretty damn good for your age, too.
Until next time… enjoy the last week of July in this beautiful place.