• 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

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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Opinion: Wheels falling off the Bagnell Bus

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Written by OPINION Sunday, October 06, 2013 12:00 pm

To the editor:

Regarding Ventnor Mayor Mike Bagnell’s  recent letter, “Letter from former commissioner omitted important facts.”  

The spectacle of the wheels falling off the Bagnell Bus finds Ventnor hiring Cape May private attorney Frank Corrado, at Ventnor taxpayer expense, to probe Tom Quirk's Latin Fest antics. And another Bagnell appointee's long-awaited trial date for DWI and reckless driving is at hand. 

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Opinion: Court findings ‘incomprehensible’ to the EHT Planning Board

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Written by OPINION Sunday, October 06, 2013 12:00 am

To the editor:

The Egg Harbor Township Planning Board at its Sept. 16 meeting discussed The Press of Atlantic City’s Sept. 3 editorial questioning its ethics, integrity, intelligence, and decision-making ability regarding its approval of an electronic billboard on the Margate causeway. The board authorized this letter to be sent on its behalf.

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Letter: VECC should be supporting ACHS, not pushing alternatives

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Written by Michelle Zibulsky Thursday, September 26, 2013 04:24 pm

To the editor:

I am writing out of complete frustration over the way that the alternative high school option is being handled locally, particularly at the VECC.

I am a longtime Ventnor resident. My oldest son was highly successful as a Ventnor student going into Atlantic City High School. As a student at Atlantic City High School he was presented with opportunities both academically and socially that I do not believe he would have received at an alternative high school. At the time Ocean City High School or Mainland Regional High School were not options for him. We discussed other options briefly, but in the end he only wanted to attend ACHS.

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Letter from former commissioner omitted important facts

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Written by Mike Bagnell Friday, September 06, 2013 01:23 pm

letters Letter from former commissioner omitted important facts To the editor:

Regarding the Aug. 29 letter, “Absolutely ridiculous’ to say Bagnell is out-performing Kelly administration,” the letter writer, former Commissioner John Piatt, forgets to mention that he was part of the prior administration.  As a noted statesman once said, everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but not their own facts.

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Letter: Commissioners chose Bagnell

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Written by Chuck and Angela Jeffries Thursday, September 05, 2013 12:00 am

Letter: Commissioners chose Bagnell Letter: Commissioners chose Bagnell To the editor:

In regard to the people who wish to recall Mayor Michael Bagnell, do they not realize that the elected commissioners, not the citizens of Ventnor, are the ones who chose him to be mayor? So do they want to recall all three, including the former mayor?

Chuck and Angela Jeffries
Ventnor

 

Letter: There’s no such thing as a ‘free’ dunes project

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Written by Jack Roche Wednesday, September 04, 2013 05:55 pm

Letter: There’s no such thing as a ‘free’ dunes project Letter: There’s no such thing as a ‘free’ dunes project To the editor:

Frequently included in the supporters’ argument in favor of sand dunes is the statement that, “They are absolutely free to us.”

Since when is spending federal tax dollars considered free? The answer: When it’s spent on us. This is precisely the mentality that has saddled this country with an enormous debt.

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Letter: Dunes would separate Margate from the ocean

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Written by Chuck Cavanaugh Wednesday, September 04, 2013 05:54 pm

Letter: Dunes would separate Margate from the ocean Letter: Dunes would separate Margate from the ocean To the editor:

This is for anyone ready to say “yes” to the Army Corps of Engineers dune salesmen: Walk down any beach block in Margate to the bulkhead and make observations. Now do the same thing in the north side of Ventnor, where the dunes are.

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Letter: ‘Absolutely ridiculous’ to say Bagnell is out-performing Kelly administration

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Written by John Piatt Monday, August 26, 2013 04:43 pm

Letter: ‘Absolutely ridiculous’ to say Bagnell is out-performing Kelly administration Letter: ‘Absolutely ridiculous’ to say Bagnell is out-performing Kelly administration To the editor:

Letters that claim the Bagnell administration is somehow performing better than the Kelly administration did are disingenuous at best. 

The issue of Bagnell having hired his campaign manager as “management specialist” cannot legitimately be transferred to the Kelly team.  Tom Quirk’s job is just one of the special favors bestowed by Bagnell. 

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