Stone Harbor, New Jersey
|Stone Harbor, New Jersey|
|— Borough —|
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: 39°02′38″N 74°46′03″WCoordinates: 39°02′38″N 74°46′03″W|
|Incorporated||April 28, 1914|
|- Type||Borough (New Jersey)|
|- Mayor||Suzanne M. Walters|
|- Administrator||Kenneth J. Hawk|
|- Total||2.0 sq mi (5.1 km2)|
|- Land||1.4 sq mi (3.7 km2)|
|- Water||0.6 sq mi (1.5 km2)|
|Elevation||7 ft (2 m)|
|- Density||796.1/sq mi (307.4/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|- Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0885410|
Stone Harbor is a borough in Cape May County, New Jersey, United States. It is part of the Ocean City Metropolitan Statistical Area. It shares the barrier island Seven Mile Island with its northern neighbor Avalon. Development began in the late 19th century as a beach resort along the West Jersey and Seashore Railroad line which was replaced by a traffic island in 1932 along the length of Second Avenue. It continues as a resort community for visitors enjoying beaches and a thriving commercial center centered along 96th Street and 2nd Avenue, bringing in a summer population in excess of 20,000.As of the 2000 United States Census, the borough had a year-round population of 1,128.
In 2006, Forbes magazine ranked Stone Harbor (08247) as #47 on its list of the most expensive zip codes in the United States, based on median home sale prices. As of 2001, Worth Magazine put Stone Harbor at #101 on its list of the Richest Towns in America, which was based on median annual real estate prices. Most vacationers come from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, Maryland, Delaware, and Quebec. 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.
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.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 2.0 square miles (5.2 km2), of which, 1.4 square miles (3.7 km2) of it is land and 0.6 square miles (1.5 km2) of it (28.64%) is water.
Stone Harbor borders Avalon Borough, North Wildwood City, Middle Township, and the Atlantic Ocean.
|Population 1930 – 1990.|
As of the census of 2000, 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.
Stone Harbor is governed under the Borough form of New Jersey municipal government. The government consists of a Mayor and a six-member Borough Council, with all positions elected at large in partisan elections. 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.
As of 2011, the Mayor of Stone Harbor Borough is Suzanne M. Walters. Members of the Stone Harbor Borough Council are Council President Barry D. Mastrangelo, Albert Carusi, Thomas Cope, Judith Davies-Dunhour, Joan T. Kramar and Joanne Vaul.
Federal, state and county representation
Stone Harbor is in the 2nd Congressional district and is part of New Jersey’s 1st state legislative district.
New Jersey’s Second Congressional District is represented by Frank LoBiondo (R, Ventnor City). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Frank Lautenberg (D, Cliffside Park) and Bob Menendez (D, Hoboken).
1st legislative district of the New Jersey Legislature, which is represented in the New Jersey Senate by Jeff Van Drew (D, Dennis Township) and in the Assembly by Nelson Albano (D,Vineland) and Matthew W. Milam (D, Vineland). The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham). 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 to three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with one or two seats coming up for election each year. As of 2011, Cape May County’s Freeholders are Freeholder Director Daniel Beyel (Upper Township, term expires December 31, 2011), Leonard C. Desiderio (Sea Isle City, 2012), Ralph E. Sheets, Jr. (2011), M. Susan Sheppard (Ocean City, 2013)and Gerald M. Thornton (2013).
The Stone Harbor School District serves public school students in Kindergarten through eighth grade. Stone Harbor School had a student body of 85 students in the 2005-06 school year.
Students in public school for grades 9-12 attend Middle Township High School in Cape May Court House, as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Middle Township Public Schools.
Points of interest
The Stone Harbor Water Tower pumping station, built in 1924, is the oldest municipal building still in use in Stone Harbor. The tower, at 132 feet high, can be seen from almost anywhere on the island. It holds 500,000 gallons of water and is supplied by four individual fresh water wells 890 feet deep that tap the Kirkwood Aquifer.
Stone Harbor attractions include the nearby Cape May County Park & Zoo, The Wetlands Institute, the Stone Harbor Bird Sanctuary, and the Stone Harbor Museum. TheSisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, maintain the Villa Maria by the Sea convent here.