NEW Historical Commission To Take Over Lighthouse

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)

1. Threatening Letter from Murray to Residents – 08.12.16

2. MEMO – Meeting Minutes_09.16.16

3. Letter from Steve Murray to City- 9.20.16

4. NJDOT Grant Closeout – 10.25.16

5. Canceling Christmas Tree Lighting – 12.2.16

6. Memo_Office of Clerk – Report Filings – 11.18.16

7. Meeting_City and Friends – 12.14.16

8. Blatant Disregard to City’s NJDEP Approved CFMP – Article in News Letter

9. Notification Canceling Management Agreement w. Friends

10. MEMO – Meeting Minutes_09.19.17

11. New Proposed Management Agreement – 10.05.17

12. Friends of Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Letter of Rebuttal to Management

13. City Solicitor’s Response to Friends Rebuttal

Official Statements of the City of North Wildwood

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.



About The Author

My name is Joey Contino. I am a big lover of anything Wildwood. I have lived and worked in Wildwood my whole life. I worked jobs from working on the beach renting umbrellas and chairs to being a supervisor at Morey's Piers. Wildwood is my life and my home!

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