• LONGPORT – The Borough Commission Sept. 17 passed a resolution that approved all the necessary documentation to start the long-awaited dunes project.

    Mayor Nicholas Russo signed an authorization for a state aid agreement with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to construct the Brigantine to Great Egg Harbor Inlet Storm Damage Reduction Project

  • VENTNOR – The City Commission, Planning Board and Planning and Zoning Department are considering changes to the zoning and building codes to address a number of issues.

    On Aug. 21, the commission asked the Planning Board to review zoning for the R-7 District, which is zoned single family. The commission is asking planners to consider allowing duplexes as a conforming use in the zone.

    According to Zoning Officer Jimmy Agnesino, the area was once zoned for multifamily dwellings, but in the 1990s the city rezoned it for single family only.

  • MARGATE – The city received confirmation Thursday, Sept. 4 that it has been awarded $360,000 in Post-Sandy Planning Grants. New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Richard E. Constabile III said the city will receive eight grants, ranging from $30,000 to $50,000 each, to identify areas where it can improve resilience to storms and promote economic development.

    City Administrator Richard Deaney announced the grant award at the Board of Commissioners’ 4 p.m. worksession meeting.

  • MARGATE – When local voters go to the polls for the Nov. 4 general election, they’ll get one more chance to decide if a legal battle to stop the dunes project is in Margate’s future.

    Following a 90-minute special meeting that brought out supporters and detractors of the fight to stop the pending dunes project, the Board of Commissioners passed two resolutions. One would put a question on the November ballot asking voters to spend $200,000 plus technical costs to sue the state and federal government to stop the project. The other would allow the city to hire an attorney to file an immediate injunction to stop the project.

Downbeach Current | Longport, Margate, Ventnor

Longport approves all necessary documentation to start dunes project

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, September 19, 2014 04:17 pm

LONGPORT – The Borough Commission Sept. 17 passed a resolution that approved all the necessary documentation to start the long-awaited dunes project.

Mayor Nicholas Russo signed an authorization for a state aid agreement with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to construct the Brigantine to Great Egg Harbor Inlet Storm Damage Reduction Project

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Traffic Advisory: Dorset Avenue Ventnor

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, September 19, 2014 04:03 pm

Beginning on Monday, Sept. 22 through Friday, Sept. 26, a lane shift/stop-and-go traffic pattern will be in effect on Dorset Avenue between the Dorset Avenue Bridge and Wellington Avenue in Ventnor, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily for utility work by the South Jersey Gas Company.

Police will be onsite to assist motorists. Delays will be encountered. Motorists are advised to allow for additional travel time to reach their destinations. 

   

Margate City Police Blotter Aug. 25-Sept. 16

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, September 18, 2014 02:23 pm

Police blotter information is supplied by local police departments and other law enforcement agencies. All persons named are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

Flor E. Echegaray, 28, of Egg Harbor Township was arrested Aug. 27 by Sgt.Thomas Kresz and charged with driving while intoxicated. She was released on a summons to the custody of a family member.

Read more: Margate City Police Blotter Aug. 25-Sept. 16

 

Letter: Taube on casino gambling in North Jersey

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Written by Opinion Thursday, September 18, 2014 02:09 pm

Dear Editor,

It’s crazy to consider gaming up north at a time when four casino properties recently shuttered as a result of increased gaming competition in the northeast.  Those in favor of gaming up north claim that projections show it will help Atlantic City.  But in an ailing market, one shouldn’t gamble with projections of the unknown.   

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JFS names Melissa Bollinger director of Village by the Shore

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, September 18, 2014 01:50 pm

Melissa Bollinger MARGATE - Melissa Bollinger joins Jewish Family Service as Director of Village by the Shore, a program that provides a variety of concierge, volunteer, professional services and socialization for adults over 50. Bollinger’s responsibilities include promoting, managing and directing day-to-day operations, including memberships, programs and social events. She also serves as a liaison with the village’s community partner organizations.

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Margate school board hires new superintendent, tentatively settles teacher contract

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, September 18, 2014 12:35 pm

MARGATE – Despite requests from the public over four meetings to consolidate two administrative positions, the Board of Education Sept. 17 vowed to keep its current organizational structure, which includes a superintendent, business administrator and two principals who serve dual roles.

 

The board hired Eugene A. Tighe Middle School Principal John DiNicola to replace outgoing Superintendent Theresa DeFranco and tentatively settled its contract with the Margate Education Association. DiNicola’s appointment is subject to approval by the Atlantic County executive superintendent of schools. The union would have to ratify the contract.

 

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Margate Fall Funfest by the Bay set for last weekend in September

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, September 16, 2014 03:06 pm

MARGATE – Mini-golf will make a debut this year at the annual Fall Funfest by the Bay – along with new amusements, boat rides, craft vendors, a smorgasbord of food, critters for the kids, two stages of nonstop entertainment and a visit from Miss New Jersey 2014 Cierra Kaler-Jones.

The two-day festival will stretch for six blocks along the bayfront on Amherst Avenue, running 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29.

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Superior Court judge to hear Hiltner lawsuit Monday

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, September 16, 2014 02:53 pm

MARGATE – The whistleblower lawsuit filed by Margate City Clerk and Tax Collector Tom Hiltner is slated to be heard before Superior Court Judge Donna M. Taylor 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 22 in Atlantic City.

Hiltner sued the city, Mayor Michael Becker and Commissioner Brenda Taube in April 2012 to expose what he claims were violations of the state’s pay-to-play laws regarding the commission’s hiring of a new auditor, and harassment by Taube.

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Ventnor Police Blotter, Sept. 1-13

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, September 16, 2014 02:25 pm

Police blotter information is supplied by local police departments and other law enforcement agencies. All persons named are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

Read more: Ventnor Police Blotter, Sept. 1-13

 

Margate calendar contest carries $250 prize

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, September 16, 2014 02:21 pm

MARGATE –What is the most iconic image of Lucy the Elephant’s hometown? The Margate Business Association invites photographers and artists to submit original work for the Inside Margate 2015 calendar cover contest.

There is a $250 prize for the image that best captures the essence of Margate. Submissions must include name, age and address of the artist, the medium used, and a short description of the piece. Submissions must be emailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3. Submissions must be 9 by 12 inches, 300 dpi, and CMYK.

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