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CM Approves Six Ornamental Arches on Promenade

Artist’s city view of illuminated arches along Beach Avenue.

By Vince Conti

CAPE MAY – On Dec. 20, Cape May City Council approved an agreement between the city and the non-profit Fund for Cape May for six ornamental and lighting arches on the Promenade. The arches are a recreation of an architectural form once prominent on the city’s boardwalk from the turn of the 20th century until their destruction by a 1944 hurricane.
A resort town known for its commitment to history, Cape May plans to have the arches installed and ready for the summer season. The project is part of a large effort to revitalize the Promenade with specific attention to the area between Gurney and Decatur streets. The Fund for Cape May is paying for the six archways and the city is responsible for the footings and connections as well as for the ongoing cost of electricity. The arches will have a steel frame that is covered in a material similar to wood.
Still in the future are plans to extend the Promenade to the east toward the Coast Guard Base.

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Vince Conti is a reporter for the Cape May County Herald.

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