The Rise and Fall of Hurricane Irene

Before Hurricane Irene made landfall early Sunday morning, city officials were busy removing the benches from the Promenade and the Washington Street Mall. Merchants hustled to buy the last roll of duct tape and to the lumber yard to buy the last plank of ply board to board-up their storefronts. But first thing Monday morning, everyone was out and about removing all signs of what could have been a major disaster. Cape May was spared and everyone  was breathing a big sigh of relief and anxious to get back to business and welcome visitors back for the Labor Day weekend.