Stone Harbor, New Jersey
|Stone Harbor, New Jersey|
|Borough of Stone Harbor|
Stone Harbor Borough highlighted in Cape May County. Inset map: Cape May County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Stone Harbor, New Jersey
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Incorporated||April 28, 1914|
|• Body||Borough Council|
|• Mayor||Judith Davies-Dunhour (R, term ends December 31, 2020)|
|• Administrator||Jill Gougher|
|• Municipal clerk||Suzanne C. Stanford|
|• Total||1.962 sq mi (5.081 km2)|
|• Land||1.398 sq mi (3.620 km2)|
|• Water||0.564 sq mi (1.461 km2) 28.76%|
|Area rank||415th of 566 in state
11th of 16 in county
|Elevation||7 ft (2 m)|
|Population (2010 Census)|
|• Estimate (2016)||833|
|• Rank||541st of 566 in state
14th of 16 in county
|• Density||619.6/sq mi (239.2/km2)|
|• Density rank||423rd of 566 in state
11th of 16 in county
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)|
|Area code(s)||609 Exchanges: 368, 967|
|GNIS feature ID||0885410|
Stone Harbor is a borough in Cape May County, New Jersey, United States, that is part of the Ocean City Metropolitan Statistical Area. It occupies the southern portion of Seven Mile Island together with its northern neighbor Avalon. It is a resort community for visitors enjoying beaches, sailing facilities and a thriving commercial center. The community attracts a large number of vacationers from the Mid-Atlantic region and Quebec. The borough has a summer population in excess of 20,000, and a year-round population of 866, according to the 2010 United States Census.
The New York Times describes Stone Harbor as a place of "gleaming McMansions and elegant shops", with an average single-family home selling for $2.5 million in 2008. In 2014, Forbes magazine ranked Stone Harbor (ZIP code 08247) as #191 on its list of the most expensive ZIP codes in the United States, based on median home sale prices after being ranked 47th in the magazine's 2006 listing. As of 2001, Worth magazine ranked Stone Harbor at 101 on its list of the Richest Towns in America, based on median annual real estate prices.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Climate
- 5 Government
- 6 Education
- 7 Transportation
- 8 Points of interest
- 9 Notable people
- 10 References
- 11 External links
Development began in the late 19th century as a beach resort along the West Jersey and Seashore Railroad line. The community was marketed to wealthy residents of Philadelphia seeking a resort destination for a second home.
Stone Harbor was incorporated as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 3, 1914, from portions of Middle Township, based on the results of a referendum held on April 28, 1914. The borough gained a portion of Avalon on December 27, 1941. The borough is said to be made name for an English sea captain named Stone who sought shelter from a storm in the area.
In 2015, a contract was awarded to dredge adjacent bodies of water. In early 2016, during the dewatering stage of the operation, a total of three geotubes discharged a small quantity of sediment containing several contaminants. Dredging was halted pending development of a plan to prevent future such spills.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 1.962 square miles (5.081 km2), including 1.398 square miles (3.620 km2) of land and 0.564 square miles (1.461 km2) of water (28.76%).
|Population sources: 1920–2000
1930–1990 2000 2010
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 866 people, 441 households, and 255.8 families residing in the borough. The population density was 619.6 per square mile (239.2/km2). There were 3,247 housing units at an average density of 2,323.3 per square mile (897.0/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 97.11% (841) White, 1.62% (14) Black or African American, 0.00% (0) Native American, 0.12% (1) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 0.69% (6) from other races, and 0.46% (4) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.35% (29) of the population.
There were 441 households out of which 10.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.2% were married couples living together, 6.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.0% were non-families. 37.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 21.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.96 and the average family size was 2.54.
In the borough, the population was spread out with 10.9% under the age of 18, 4.4% from 18 to 24, 11.8% from 25 to 44, 31.4% from 45 to 64, and 41.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 60.6 years. For every 100 females there were 89.9 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 84.2 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $69,286 (with a margin of error of +/- $8,969) and the median family income was $92,083 (+/- $19,643). Males had a median income of $55,417 (+/- $23,166) versus $70,208 (+/- $15,479) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $60,057 (+/- $10,700). About 2.8% of families and 5.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.4% of those under age 18 and 2.8% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 1,128 people, 596 households, and 330 families residing in the borough. The population density was 796.1 people per square mile (306.7/km2). There were 3,428 housing units at an average density of 2,419.4 per square mile (932.1/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 98.76% White, 0.80% African American, 0.18% from other races, and 0.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.44% of the population.
There were 596 households out of which 11.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.5% were married couples living together, 5.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.5% were non-families. 40.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 24.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.89 and the average family size was 2.50.
In the borough the population was spread out with 12.3% under the age of 18, 3.0% from 18 to 24, 14.4% from 25 to 44, 31.6% from 45 to 64, and 38.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 58 years. For every 100 females there were 84.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.1 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $51,471, and the median income for a family was $67,250. Males had a median income of $52,500 versus $35,000 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $46,427. About 1.5% of families and 3.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.3% of those under age 18 and 2.5% of those age 65 or over.
During the summer months, frequent episodes of high humidity occur. Occasionally, heat index values exceed 95 °F (35 °C). During most summer afternoons, a sea breeze dominates the coastline keeping high temperatures several degrees cooler compared to areas farther inland. During most nights, relatively mild ocean waters keep the coastline several degrees warmer than areas farther inland. On average, July is the annual peak for thunderstorm activity. During the winter months, wind chill values occasionally fall below 0 °F (-18 °C). On average, the snowiest month of the year is February which corresponds with the annual peak for nor'easter activity.
|Climate data for Stone Harbor Beach, New Jersey (1981 – 2010 averages).|
|Average high °F (°C)||42.2
|Average low °F (°C)||27.0
|Average precipitation inches (mm)||3.36
|Average snowfall inches (cm)||4.3
|Climate data for Atlantic City, New Jersey (Ocean Water Temperature).|
|Daily mean °F (°C)||37
|Source: NOAA |
Stone Harbor is governed under the borough form of New Jersey municipal government. The governing body consists of a mayor and a Borough Council comprising six council members, with all positions elected at-large on a partisan basis as part of the November general election. A mayor is elected directly by the voters to a four-year term of office. The Borough Council consists of six members elected to serve three-year terms on a staggered basis, with two seats coming up for election each year in a three-year cycle. The Borough form of government used by Stone Harbor, the most common system used in the state, is a "weak mayor / strong council" government in which council members act as the legislative body with the mayor presiding at meetings and voting only in the event of a tie. The mayor can veto ordinances subject to an override by a two-thirds majority vote of the council. The mayor makes committee and liaison assignments for council members, and most appointments are made by the mayor with the advice and consent of the council.
As of 2016[update], the mayor of Stone Harbor Borough is Republican Suzanne M. Walters, whose term of office ends December 31, 2016. Members of the Stone Harbor Borough Council are Council President Karen M. Lane (R, 2017), Albert J. Carusi (R, 2016), Judith Davies-Dunhour (R, 2018), Joan T. Kramar (R, 2018), Barry D. Mastrangelo (R, 2016) and Joselyn O. Rich (R, 2017).
Federal, state and county representation
New Jersey's Second Congressional District is represented by Frank LoBiondo (R, Ventnor City). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Cory Booker (D, Newark, term ends 2021) and Bob Menendez (D, Paramus, 2019).
For the 2016–2017 session (Senate, General Assembly), the 1st Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Jeff Van Drew (D, Dennis Township) and in the General Assembly by Bob Andrzejczak (D, Middle Township) and R. Bruce Land (D, Vineland). The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township). The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).
Cape May County is governed by a Board of Chosen Freeholders consisting of five members, elected at-large in partisan elections to three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with one or two seats coming up for election each year; At an annual reorganization held each January, the freeholders select one member to serve as Director and another to serve as Vice-Director. As of 2017[update], Cape May County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director Gerald M. Thornton (Middle Township, term ends December 31, 2019), Freeholder Vice-Director Leonard C. Desiderio (Sea Isle City, 2018), Jeffrey L. Pierson (Upper Township, 2017), E. Marie Hayes (Ocean City, 2019), and Will Morey (Wildwood Crest, 2017). The county's constitutional officers are Sheriff Gary Schafer (Middle Township, 2017), Surrogate M. Susan Sheppard (Ocean City, 2017), and County Clerk Rita Fulginiti (Ocean City, 2015).
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 778 registered voters in Stone Harbor, of which 62 (8.0%) were registered as Democrats, 588 (75.6%) were registered as Republicans and 128 (16.5%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were no voters registered to other parties.
In the 2012 presidential election, Republican Mitt Romney received 64.8% of the vote (411 cast), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama with 34.1% (216 votes), and other candidates with 1.1% (7 votes), among the 640 ballots cast by the borough's 782 registered voters (6 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 81.8%. In the 2008 presidential election, Republican John McCain received 62.7% of the vote (416 cast), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama, who received 36.1% (240 votes), with 664 ballots cast among the borough's 801 registered voters, for a turnout of 82.9%. In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 69.6% of the vote (519 ballots cast), outpolling Democrat John Kerry, who received around 29.1% (217 votes), with 746 ballots cast among the borough's 920 registered voters, for a turnout percentage of 81.1.
In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 82.7% of the vote (324 cast), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 15.8% (62 votes), and other candidates with 1.5% (6 votes), among the 405 ballots cast by the borough's 742 registered voters (13 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 54.6%. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 61.9% of the vote (349 ballots cast), ahead of both Democrat Jon Corzine with 30.5% (172 votes) and Independent Chris Daggett with 4.4% (25 votes), with 564 ballots cast among the borough's 808 registered voters, yielding a 69.8% turnout.
The Stone Harbor School District serves public school students in kindergarten through eighth grade. As of the 2012-13 school year, the district's one school had an enrollment of 78 students and 12.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 6.24:1.
Starting with the 2011-12 school year, in an agreement with the Avalon School District, public school students in grades K-4 from both communities attend school in Stone Harbor while all students in grades 5-8 attend school in Avalon.
Students in public school for ninth through twelfth grades attend Middle Township High School in Cape May Court House, as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Middle Township Public Schools, together with students from Avalon, Dennis Township and Woodbine. As of the 2013-14 school year, the high school had an enrollment of 807 students and 67.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.0:1.
Roads and highways
As of May 2010[update], the borough had a total of 24.11 miles (38.80 km) of roadways, of which 21.38 miles (34.41 km) were maintained by the municipality and 2.73 miles (4.39 km) by Cape May County.
NJ Transit offers the 315 inter-city bus route that runs through the town three times a day and shuttles people to and from Philadelphia, and the 319 route to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan.
Points of interest
The Stone Harbor Water Tower pumping station, built in 1924, is the oldest municipal structure still in use in Stone Harbor. The tower, 133 feet (41 m) high, can be seen from almost anywhere on the island. It holds 500,000 US gallons (1,900,000 l; 420,000 imp gal) of water and is supplied by four individual fresh water wells 890 feet (270 m) deep that tap the Kirkwood-Cohansey aquifer. In 2005, artist Peter Max developed a plan to cover the water tower with a mural made up of digital version of his paintings and artworks that covered 30 by 170 feet (9.1 by 51.8 m) that would be glued to the tower from June through September, with facsimiles of the art sold through Ocean Galleries as a fundraiser to benefit The Wetlands Institute and other charities.
Stone Harbor attractions include The Wetlands Institute, the Stone Harbor Bird Sanctuary and the Stone Harbor Museum. The Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, maintain the Villa Maria by the Sea convent, which opened in June 1937. The beach fronting the Villa is called Nun's Beach and is a well known surfing spot.
It was ranked the tenth-best beach in New Jersey in the 2008 Top 10 Beaches Contest sponsored by the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Stone Harbor include:
- Joseph Hergesheimer (1880-1954), writer of the early 20th century known for his naturalistic novels of decadent life among the very wealthy.
- Clarence Charles Newcomer (1923-2005), United States federal judge.
- Taylor Swift (born 1989), summered until age 14, describing Stone Harbor as a "pretty magical place to grow up."
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- "J. HERGESHEIMER, NOVELIST, 74, DEAD; Author of 'Java Head,' Best Seller, Wrote 20 Works in a Period of 20 Years; BROUGHT PAST TO LIFE Known as a Historian, He Also Commented on the Foibles of the Twenties", The New York Times, April 26, 1954. Accessed August 22, 2015. "The writer, whose home was in Stone Harbor, is survived by his widow, Dorothy Hemphill Hergesheimer."
- Martin, Douglas. "Clarence C. Newcomer, a Longtime Federal Judge, Dies at 82", The New York Times, August 25, 2005. Accessed July 8, 2015. "Clarence C. Newcomer, who as a federal judge in Philadelphia for more than three decades won a reputation for no-nonsense jurisprudence in hundreds of cases ranging from civil rights to organized crime to baseball cards, died Monday at his home in Stone Harbor, N.J., near Cape May. He was 82."
- Strauss, Robert. "Taylor Swift's Stone Harbor; From Coffee Talk gigs to Italian Garden pizza, it was a "pretty magical place to grow up.'", The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 15, 2009. Accessed July 8, 2015. "From the time she was 2 until she was 14, when her family left for Nashville, Taylor Swift's parents had a summer house on the bay in Stone Harbor."
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- Stone Harbor School District
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- Stone Harbor School District, National Center for Education Statistics
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