With just five weeks until the start of summer season, there is a lot going on in Sea Isle, and a lot to get done before one of the biggest weekends of the year. There have been quite a few changes over the winter. A new Acme, new replenishing of beaches, a new restaurant to replace Busch's and a reconstruction of the sidewalks down town.
As mentioned in earlier updates, the work at the new bigger and improved Acme continues around the clock. There is still a lot to be done both inside and outside the store. However Acme expects to have the store open for business on Memorial Day weekend. The parking lot is now smaller since the new building for Uncle Oogies is behind the CVS so parking will be tough. But the new Acme will have wider aisles, better selection, expanded departments, and more checkout lines.
The sidewalks on Landis Ave from 38th Street to 43rd Street have been replaced. Landis is currently Closed from JFK Blvd to 44th Street. However the work is almost done and Landis Ave should be open and ready for summer traffic in a week or two.
In Townsend's Inlet work is continuing on the new Doc Magrogan's Oyster House and the Dunes at Townsends Inlet. The exterior of the building is almost done. There is still work to be done inside and it looks like they will need to get some lucky breaks in order to be open by Memorial Day. But they are still hoping to be open for the start of summer.
The beach replenishment is making great progress. The January storm washed away all the new beaches, but fortunately not the new dunes. So all of the beaches needed to be rebuilt. The work is finished on all beaches from the northern beaches all the way down to about 55th street. The pipes were removed from the beaches downtown and are now being relocated to the southern beaches. The picture above is 33rd Street beach on January 31, 2016. The picture below is the same spot on 4/24/16. The rock pile was completely exposed after the January storm and is now buried under the sand again (as it was after last summer's dredging was complete).
Finally, Can anyone explain why the Townsend's Inlet Civic Center doesn't want to accept the fact that Christmas was four months ago. I assume they have a good reason for still having all of their Christmas decorations up. The picture below was taken on 4/24/16. As you can see they are ready for Christmas in July a few months early.
Construction on Sea Isle's new Acme is really moving along. Construction crews are working around the clock to have the Acme open by Memorial Day weekend.
By the looks of the outside, they are on track to get done in time. We have also heard that great progress is being made on the inside of the store and the cash registers are already being installed.
Uncle Oggies new location Behind the CVS is also coming along as you can see below.
The only thing missing is parking garage.
After the fall and winter storms washed away all the sand that was pumped onto Sea Isle's beaches last summer, the dredging is going strong to rebuild the beaches. Again.
The beaches have been rebuilt from Strathmere to 52nd St which is shown above. Pipes are currently running along Sea Isle's beach north of this point.
The good news is the dredging operation should be dome by the start of summer and all beaches should be open.
They are trying to have the new stores may open for Memorial Day, but they will certainly be open in time for 4th of July.
Where will shoppers park? That's a good question since moving Uncle Oogies behind the CVS eliminates at least 20 parking spots. As everyone knows, finding a parking at the Acme spot on a summer weekend was already an adventure. This summer it may be almost impossible.
The new Acme will be much larger and a huge improvement over the old store. There will be larger, wider, isles and a bigger checkout area. The improvements also include more loading docks and storage in the rear of the store.
The new building for Uncle Oogies is also going up quickly.
With just about two months until Memorial Day, the pressure is on. The walls are up and the roof is on. However there is still a lot of work to be done on the exterior.
Construction crews are working around the clock to complete the Sea Isle Acme in time for summer. As the pictures below show, they have made a lot of progress after a very slow start in the fall.