• MARGATE – An engineer and attorney hired to represent the city regarding the pending dunes project have questioned the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the Army Corps of Engineers.

    Margate Administrator Richard Deaney provided a written update to the Board of Commissioners Sept. 18 about the progress being made by outside counsel and an environmental engineer hired to represent the city against the dunes plan. Deaney said the city has received a revised edition of the engineering plans for the dunes project, which is slated to begin in November, and is being reviewed by the city’s engineer.

  • VENTNOR – An engineering consultant last week recommended ways the city can become more sustainable and resilient to storms in the wake of hurricane Sandy.

    Stewart Weiser of Remington, Vernick and Walberg presented his Strategic Recovery Planning Report to the Board of Commissioners at its Sept. 17 meeting. The report was funded with a $30,000 grant that was made available to communities in the nine counties most affected by the storm. To qualify, municipalities had to show they lost at least $1 million in ratables as a result of the storm.

  • 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.

Downbeach Current | Longport, Margate, Ventnor

Letter: Bagnell serves Ventnor, wants it to shine

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Written by Mary Jane Donnelly Thursday, August 15, 2013 05:11 pm

Letter: Bagnell serves Ventnor, wants it to shine Letter: Bagnell serves Ventnor, wants it to shine To the editor

The mostly anonymous “Concerned Citizens of Ventnor” claim to harbor no “ill will” toward Mayor Mike Bagnell, yet they are fearmongering when they imply that revealing their identities may lead to retribution.

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Letter: Do homework on beach replenishment

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Written by Vaughan M. Reale Thursday, August 15, 2013 03:48 pm

Letter: Do homework on beach replenishment Letter: Do homework on beach replenishment To the editor:

During our administration, Sig Rimm, John Swift and I frequently disagreed. However, we unanimously rejected the beach replenishment and dune project.

The previous administration, Ross, Rimm and Markowski also reviewed the proposal and unanimously rejected it. They wisely passed an ordinance compelling future administrations to fully vet any Army Corps proposal and subsequently vote their approval of signing a contract, before forcing the public into a divisive campaign or binding referendum.

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Lady of Evergreen makes its maiden voyage in Longport

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Written by SHAUN SMITH Wednesday, August 14, 2013 03:20 pm

The 2013 lifeboat is named the Lady of Evergreen in Memory of Patti Tonielli The 2013 lifeboat is named the Lady of Evergreen in Memory of Patti Tonielli

LONGPORT – The beach patrol here has a colorful edition to its fleet in the memory of Patti Tonielli.

Lifeboat 2013 Lady of Evergreen was dedicated Saturday, July 27 and made its maiden voyage into the sea off the 31st Avenue beach.

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Letter: Recall gives Ventnor citizens a voice

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Written by John Sewell Tuesday, August 13, 2013 12:00 am

Letter: Recall gives Ventnor citizens a voice  Letter: Recall gives Ventnor citizens a voice To the editor:

Sometimes you don't know whether to laugh or cry. The “Laurel and Hardy” show is in overdrive in Ventnor. Mayor Mike has taken to the airwaves and Frank Sarno has astonished all by putting pen to paper to dispel the Senor Wences act. They have done far more to publicize the recall than the cadre of twenty concerned citizens behind the recall.

Of course, a recall is about politics. Harry Truman advised: "If you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen." For two grown men to whine and carp ad nauseum makes you wonder what they're afraid of? “Sons of the Desert;” “Buck up, show some pluck!”       

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Letter: Ventnor residents still waiting for answers

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Written by Norm Klinger Monday, August 12, 2013 03:05 pm

Letter: Ventnor residents still waiting for answers Letter: Ventnor residents still waiting for answers To the editor:

The time for reckoning in the Recall Mayor Mike Bagnell effort fomenting in Ventnor is at the next public meeting of the City Commissioners, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug 15.   The allegations made against Ventnor’s mayor need to be answered.  My published letter of July 30, 2013, declared “Ventnor Voters Deserve Answers.” What has passed for responses in the past two weeks makes it clearer than ever that, without full answers, the mayor stands indicted in the court of public opinion.

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Communication was a problem during Sandy and still is

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Written by Annette Villari Wednesday, August 07, 2013 12:00 am

Communication was a problem during Sandy and still is Communication was a problem during Sandy and still is To the editor:

In the article from July 30, 2013 titled, “Anonymous group calls for recall of Ventnor mayor," I was disheartened to read the following regarding Mayor Bagnell's comments about communication during Superstorm Sandy:

“Bagnell said communications in the city, including cell phone service, were down for days and since there was a mandatory evacuation of the island, the calls would have done little good to those who left home.”

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Letter: Recall is about politics, not policy

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Written by Frank Sarno Tuesday, August 06, 2013 02:21 pm

Letter: Recall is about politics, not policy Letter: Recall is about politics, not policy To the editor:

Back in January 2012 I decided to run for the Ventnor City Commission. While collecting the required signatures, some people asked me why I wanted to get involved in local government. My answer was, “Why not?” In a small town like Ventnor, a lifelong resident who is trustworthy, honest and has the best interest of the city and citizens at heart is surely the right person to vote for.

So I continued the journey and was elected as one of three Ventnor City commissioners, along with one of my running mates, who is now the mayor.

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Letter: Build a master jetty at the south end of Longport

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Written by Joe Zetooney Tuesday, August 06, 2013 12:00 am

Letter: Build a master jetty at the south end of Longport Letter: Build a master jetty at the south end of Longport To the editor:

As a resident of Main Avenue in Atlantic City in 1951, I watched the approximately mile-long master jetty being built. What was once an uninhabitable area at the south end of Brigantine, is now three quarters buried in sand.

At a meeting held in Margate by the Army Corps of Engineers a while back, I discussed building a master jetty at the south end of Longport that would shift the sand scalloping riptide current farther out.

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Letter: Some recall supporters fear retribution

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Written by Sonia Loadenthal Monday, August 05, 2013 04:48 pm

Letter: Some recall supporters fear retribution Letter: Some recall supporters fear retribution To the editor:

In response to many Ventnor residents who wonder why the recall letter was not signed, I want to point out that it was group written. It gave voice to many issues brought to the meeting and discussed as the letter evolved.  

Also, I want to point out that there were volunteers offering their home addresses for the surveys to be sent back, but that others thought it might make their homes into targets for retribution.  Hence the P.O. box. 

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Letter: Thank you Ventnor Fire Department

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Written by Beth Maccagnano-Holtzman Monday, August 05, 2013 04:44 pm

Letter: Thank you Ventnor Fire Department Letter: Thank you Ventnor Fire Department To the editor:

As a Ventnor resident for 41 years, I see our public servants being criticized, and seldom commended.

My 9-year-old son and I had to stop by the Ventnor Fire Department headquarters, and while we were there a call came in. I have never seen a group of individuals move so quickly, and in perfect synch.

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