• 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

Fall Funfest by the Bay returns to Margate Sept. 27-28

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, August 27, 2014 12:16 pm

Don't miss this year's Fall Funfest featuring dog show. Don't miss this year's Fall Funfest featuring dog show. MARGATE –The Margate Business Association will hold its annual Fall Funfest by the Bay Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 27-28.

Amherst Avenue between Decatur and Coolidge avenues will be six blocks of nothing but fun, with a family friendly kaleidoscope of activities including amusement rides, educational marine exhibits, back bay boat rides, two live entertainment stages, handmade crafts and a smorgasbord of food ranging from foreign and exotic treats to traditional street fair munchies, and a beer garden.

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Longport church rises from the ashes

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, August 26, 2014 04:45 pm

Church supporters Richard Cohen, Anne Peterson Martin and Robert P. Subrianni are anxious to see the restoration projected at Church of the Redeemer fully completed. Church supporters Richard Cohen, Anne Peterson Martin and Robert P. Subrianni are anxious to see the restoration projected at Church of the Redeemer fully completed. LONGPORT – The historic restoration at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer is nearly completed. The congregation will hold its last service of the summer season at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 31.

The church, which was a summertime place of worship for wealthy Philadelphia families since 1908, burned down to the sand beneath it during the freakish derecho storm on June 30, 2012.

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Ventnor gets $42,750 FEMA firefighter grant

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, August 26, 2014 03:39 pm

VENTNOR – The Ventnor City Fire Department has been awarded a $42,750 grant through the Federal Emergency Management Agency Assistance to Firefighters Grant program.

The grant, which will allow the Ventnor Fire Department to purchase new thermal-imaging cameras, was part of $157,950 allotment awarded to Ventnor, the Hillsborough Rescue Squad and the Borough of Neptune.

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Lucy accepts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, August 26, 2014 02:02 pm

MARGATE - Lucy the Elephant will accept the ALS Ice Bucket challenge 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27 with help from the Margate City Fire Department.

The MCFD will help Lucy make a splash as firefighters pour an “elephant sized" amount of water poured on her head.

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Trinity United Methodist Church raising funds for landscaping

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, August 26, 2014 11:12 am

Trinity United Methodist Church Ventnor Trinity United Methodist Church Ventnor VENTNOR - Trinity United Methodist Church, 7117 Ventnor Ave. will be holding a Treaure Sale 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13 to raise funds to bring the Trinity exterior back to its former glory.

The church is raising funds to pay for plantings by holding a treasures sale with no price tags. Pastor Peter Jamieson will be on hand to share before and after photos of the progress being made. Refreshments available.

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Off-duty Longport police officer killed in motorcycle accident

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, August 26, 2014 11:04 am

Sgt. Charles T. Adams Sgt. Charles T. Adams LONGPORT – The borough police and fire departments are mourning the loss of one of their own today following the death of Longport Police Sgt. Charles T. Adams, 53, of Egg Harbor Township who was killed in a motorcycle accident in Franklin Township Monday, Aug. 25.

According to Longport Police Chief Vincent Pacentrilli, Adams, a 21-year veteran of the force, was out for a motorcycle ride, enjoying a beautiful day when he was involved in a crash on Harding Highway at the intersection of Tuckahoe Road. The accident occurred at 4:15 p.m. when an elderly woman drove her SUV into the path of Adams’ Harley Davidson, Pacentrilli said.

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Margate City Police Blotter Aug. 15-23

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, August 25, 2014 12:25 pm

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

Omar Urrea Jr., 35, of Atlantic City was arrested Aug. 15 by Officer James Costa and charged with burglary and theft of moveable property. Judge John Rosenberger was contacted and affixed bail at $40,000 full cash. Urrea Jr. was taken to the Gerard L. Gormley Justice Facility in Mays Landing.

Read more: Margate City Police Blotter Aug. 15-23

 

Ventnor Commission deems entire city in need of rehabilitation

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Sunday, August 24, 2014 10:28 am

VENTNOR – The Board of Commissioners at its Thursday, Aug. 21 regular meeting agreed to declare the entire city in need of rehabilitation. The resolution passed 2-0 with Commissioner Theresa Kelly abstaining from the vote.

Mayor Michael Bagnell said the designation is the first step in creating a tax incentive program for owners who make substantial improvements or rebuild their properties.

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Margate hires former Rep. Rob Andrews for dunes issue

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Sunday, August 24, 2014 09:32 am

MARGATE – The Board of Commissioners Aug. 21 hired a former congressman as outside counsel and a coastal engineer to develop strategies to stop the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from building dunes on Margate’s beach.

The board awarded a professional services contract without competitive bidding to former U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews to advocate the city’s position at all levels of government and find a resolution to Margate’s position on the dunes project.

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Margate school board to decide process for replacing superintendent Sept. 3

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Saturday, August 23, 2014 08:05 am

MARGATE – The Board of Education will give members of the community another chance to weigh-in on how to proceed with hiring a new superintendent.

The board held a special public comment session during its Aug. 20 meeting and decided to give the public another chance to provide input on replacing Theresa DeFranco, who was offered the same position in Absecon.

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