After severe storms, Cape May restaurant volunteers to check on your shore house for you

Andrew Kramer
April 15, 2020 - 10:16 am
Exit Zero checks on shore houses

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CAPE MAY, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — Parts of the Jersey Shore are still recovering from Monday’s severe storms, after they pummeled the region with powerful winds and rain.

“On top of the coronavirus crisis we’ve got here, it’s like an insult to injury for property owners,” said Jack Wright, owner of Exit Zero Filling Station restaurant in Cape May. “It was kind of sad driving around — the streets are really quiet, and seeing damage on these beautiful buildings.”

But how do you check on your shore house while still following stay-at-home orders?

Wright and his staff want to help. They have offered to check on people’s summer homes for them, so they don’t have to. They’ll send pictures and explain any damage they see.

Wright said for now, they’ll check on houses just in Cape May and the Wildwoods.

Thousands have already taken him up on his offer.

“We had thousands of messages on Facebook and we have a team of 12 volunteers from my restaurant who turned up,” he said.

And, they’re doing this all for free. His team did the same for residents after Hurricane Sandy.

He thought the property checks would only take a day, but that plan quickly changed.

“We don’t really want to … say no to someone, because people are worried. Some people were thinking, ‘Should we do a six-hour road trip, come down and see, even if we’re not supposed to?’ It’s a lot of stress for them, so we’re not going to turn anyone away,” he said.

He’ll be checking on people’s shore houses throughout the week.

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To request a shore house checkup, email Wright at info@exitzero.us with “Property Check” in the subject line.

“We’re trying to bring the community back together, and I’m really pleased to see a dozen of my staff turn up and work for free to do this for the visitors who come to Cape May and help keep all of us in business,” Wright added. “This is our way of sending out some love to them. I just hope we can all get back together sooner rather than later.”