Regarding the relocation of Atlantic City's homeless, Somers Point has implemented Management Order No. 1 of 2020 which prohibits receipt of same.

Galloway Township has been very generous and has shared their effective and well constructed resolution throughout the municipalities that were targeted by the Atlantic County memorandum that we reported about in detail previously.

To date, Galloway Township, Hamilton Township, Absecon, and now Somers Point have all issued executive/legislative resolutions or management orders.

Incredulously, only Egg Harbor Township has failed to take official action. And, yet as we reported earlier this month, Egg Harbor Township had detailed discussions with Atlantic City about this early on.

Egg Harbor Township Mayor Paul Hodson failed miserably to take proper action, and several EHT sources have advised that he does not want to take official action at this late date, because it will reflect poorly on his previous in action.

The state of New Jersey is reviewing this relocation program and may all Atlantic City homeless back to Atlantic City.

Here is a copy of the Somers Point management order as follows:

April 17, 2020

CITY OF SOMERS POINT OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ORDER NO. 1 0f 2020

On March 9, 2020, in light of the dangers posed by COVID-19, Governor Philip D. Murphy declared both a Public Health Emergency and State of Emergency by way of Executive Order No. 103 (2020).

On March 16, 2020, Governor Murphy issued Executive Order No. 104 (2020), which established statewide social mitigation strategies for combatting COVID-19.

On March 21, 2020, Governor Murphy issued Execute Order No. 108, which stated that “there exists certain limited circumstances where it may be beneficial for localities to be able to impose additional restrictions” and “certain municipalities may have legitimate concerns about an influx of new visitors, which may cause public health concerns as [the State imposed] social distancing measures and aimed to avoid unnecessary increases in density of individuals.”

On April 4, 2020, Col. Patrick J. Callahan, State Director of Emergency Management, issued Administrative Order No. 2020-8, which allowed municipalities and counties to impose additional restrictions in response to COVID-19 on the ability of hotels, motels, guest houses, or private residences, or parts thereof, to accept new transient guests or seasonal tenants.

Accordingly, pursuant to my authority as the Municipal Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Somers Point, as authorized under the Civilian Defense and Disaster Control Act (N.J.S.A. App. A9-40.5), I hereby declare a State of Local Disaster Emergency within the City of Somers Point, based upon the imminent danger of the spread of COVID-19, and hereby order and direct as follows:

All hotels, motels, guest houses, or private residences, or parts thereof, in the City of Somers Point shall not accept any new transient guests, or seasonal tenants, after 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 17, 2020.

The following are exceptions to the above directive:

1. Guests who are able to prove that they are essential employees with appropriate documentation;

2. Guests who are first-responders; and/or

3. Guests who are able to prove that they are residents of the City of Somers Point who are staying at the establishment in order to self- quarantine.

By Order of the Office of Emergency Management of the City of Somers Point.

Philip Gaffney
Emergency Management Coordinator

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