NEW Historical Commission To Take Over Lighthouse
Well folks, the long and quite public suit between the Friends of the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse and the city of North Wildwood has came to a close.
This is a suit that dates back to August 12th 2016.
To explain it simply (I am cutting out all bias feelings about this),
The City of North Wildwood had been working with the Friends of Hereford Inlet Lighthouse to come up with an agreement on a new management contract between the Friends and the City of North Wildwood for the movement of the Lighthouse by the friends.
The City of North Wildwood and The Friends of Hereford Inlet Lighthouse had not came up with an agreement causing the city to terminate their contract early. At the time the City changed the locks on the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse and the Friends of Hereford decided to take the city to court.
Yes I know that this is the simplified explanation of the events that happened but I want you to form your own opinion on the matter. In order to do that I included a link to every letter between the city and the Friends of Hereford. (If you want to skip to the courts decision head to under the links)
Now on to the court’s decision.
On April 24th the city and the Friends met at the Cape May Courthouse where Superior Court Judge John Porto presided. It was announced by the judge that the Friends released all claims (aka dismiss their claims).
The Friends will be dissolved with their remaining funds be given to other lighthouse organizations.
The City of North Wildwood will fully take over the responsibilities of taking care for the lighthouse and her grounds until a new Historical Commission is installed.