• VENTNOR – The Board of Education agreed Wednesday, Oct. 22 to partner with Atlantic City in its effort to win the Georgetown University Energy Prize national competition, which carries a $5 million prize for the community that most effectively reduces its per-capita energy consumption over a two-year period starting Jan. 1, 2015.

    Action taken at the meeting will pave the way for other Downbeach communities to join Atlantic City in an interlocal agreement that benefits residents and helps the environment.

    Atlantic City is one of 52 municipalities nationwide that made it to the quarter-finals of the competition, which is designed to create a more energy efficient America. The prize challenges communities to incorporate innovative ideas to reduce energy consumption.

  • VENTNOR – The Board of Commissioners Thursday, Oct. 15 introduced an amendment to the city’s salary ordinance to set into motion an intergovernmental transfer that would allow the city to hire an Atlantic City employee as its next emergency management coordinator.

    Longtime Emergency Management Coordinator William Melfi will retire in two weeks, Mayor Michael Bagnell said. He is currently using up his sick days and his last day of employment will be Nov. 1.

  • Margate engages DEP and Army Corps to discuss options to building dunes

    MARGATE – The Board of Commissioners approved a resolution Thursday, Oct. 16 that preserves the city’s rights in fighting the dunes project. The commission entered a “tolling and standstill” agreement with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, which will allow the municipality to negotiate alternatives to building sand dunes on Margate’s beach.

    Assistant Attorney General David C. Apy filed with the Atlantic County Clerk three administrative orders to effectuate a taking of partial easements not voluntarily granted by shorefront property owners, including the City of Margate, to build the dunes. The state will use its powers of eminent domain to negotiate good faith compensation due to 10 shorefront property owners and 16 riparian grant owners.

  • VENTNOR – The Board of Commissioners will hold a special workshop meeting 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16 in the auditorium at the Ventnor Educational Community Complex, 400 N. Lafayette Ave. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss a proposed ordinance that would establish a tax abatement program.

    Commissioners have been discussing creating tax abatements to encourage property owners to make substantial improvements to their properties, including those damaged by hurricane Sandy. It is their hope that the program will eliminate substandard structures and housing conditions, and stop deterioration in certain neighborhoods.

Downbeach Current | Longport, Margate, Ventnor

K-9 decision hidden from public view

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Written by OPINION Thursday, November 07, 2013 01:38 pm

To the editor:

I am not writing to debate whether or not Ventnor needs a K-9 Unit.  There are pros and cons to this type of program, which anyone can research. And I do not doubt Police Chief Miller's ability to run such a unit.  He is more than qualified.  

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Margate police blotter - Nov. 6, 2013

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Written by STAFF Wednesday, November 06, 2013 03:13 pm


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

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Margate dunes referendum fails at the polls

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Written by SHAUN SMITH Tuesday, November 05, 2013 09:53 pm

Updated 10:08 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5.

MARGATE – The voters have spoken and they have said they do not want dunes here.

Margate voters said no by a vote of 1,502 to 792 in the Tuesday, Nov. 5 non-binding referendum according to unofficial machine results provided by the Margate City Clerk’s Office.

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Steve and Cookies shows off local talent for a good cause

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Written by SHAUN SMITH Tuesday, November 05, 2013 01:39 pm

Holding a Jon Baker original is Helen Lazar with fellow Ventnor resident Anne Baker. Holding a Jon Baker original is Helen Lazar with fellow Ventnor resident Anne Baker.

MARGATE – Steve and Cookies by the Bay continued its tradition of showcasing works by local artists to benefit special education for the 10th year here on Sunday.

The 10th annual Steve and Cookie's art show raised more than $3,000 for the Atlantic County Special Services School District Sunday, Nov. 3 at the Margate restaurant.

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Margate police investigate possible luring attempt

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Written by SHAUN SMITH Monday, November 04, 2013 02:00 pm

MARGATE – Police here are seeking information about a suspected luring attempt that occurred Sunday morning.

A male persistently offered a ride to a juvenile Sunday morning in the area of 100 N. Huntington Ave., according to a release by the Margate City Police Department on Monday, Nov. 4.

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Ventnor man indicted on human trafficking charges ran male prostitution ring, police say

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Written by SHAUN SMITH Monday, November 04, 2013 12:05 pm

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A Ventnor man was indicted Thursday, Oct. 31 on first-degree charges of human trafficking and aggravated sexual assault for allegedly operating a male prostitution ring from his North Newport Avenue apartment.

Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman Thursday that Marc A. Branch, 40, of Ventnor allegedly gave narcotics to young men, including at least one minor, and prostituted them to male clients.  The indictment also charges a client who allegedly sexually assaulted a minor and a third man who allegedly tried to conceal evidence.

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Letter: Don’t be bullied into accepting dune debacle

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Written by Adam Grey Le Cuyer Tuesday, October 29, 2013 04:02 pm

 

Letter: One beach project size does not fit all  Letter: One beach project size does not fit all To the editor:

When I was growing up in Margate in the ’60s and ’70s, there was a wide variety of available activities and attractions to recommend the town.  We had a movie theatre, two bowling alleys, three supermarkets, four or five miniature golf courses, a slew of motels, and year-round families living on the island with the children to enjoy the aforementioned activities.  Then, of course, there were the beautiful beaches.

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Letter: One beach project size does not fit all

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Written by Colette Ritzel Thursday, October 17, 2013 04:51 pm

Letter: One beach project size does not fit all  Letter: One beach project size does not fit all EDITOR’S NOTE: This letter originally appeared in the Oct. 17, 2013 print edition of The Downbeach Current without the writer’s name on it due to an editing mistake. The same letter with the correct name is published here.

To the editor:

Stuart Farrell’s recent statements regarding the Army Corps of Engineers project in Margate were offensive and demonstrate his bias and lack of homework.

Before commenting, Farrell should have revealed that he receives funding from and/or works closely with both the Army Corps and New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. He is conflicted and has no business interjecting without understanding our concerns.

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Letter: Dune explanation defies common sense

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Written by Jack Roche Tuesday, October 08, 2013 01:15 pm

Letter: Dune explanation defies common sense Letter: Dune explanation defies common sense To the editor:

I read with great interest the report by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers titled, “The Absecon Island Coastal Storm Risk Reduction Project.” The report outlined the process by which the USACE selected the installation of dunes from a list of alternatives. 

On the second to last page, USACE describes how dunes work during “the initial wave attack” of a coastal storm to protect the beach.  They state, “Much of the sand eroded from the berm and dune is then transported directly offshore and deposited in a bar formation.  This process helps to dissipate wave energy during the storm.”

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Letter: Most dune concerns not related to views

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Written by Jeff King Tuesday, October 08, 2013 09:54 am

Letter: Most dune concerns not related to views Letter: Most dune concerns not related to views To the editor:

Once again Gov. Christie has resorted to “bully” tactics to get his way.  He has essentially taken control of the state’s 127 miles of beaches.

A Christie spokesman was recently quoted saying that the opposition to the dunes project is led by a desire to maintain water views. This is simply not true.

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