• 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.

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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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Letter: Margate summer residents deserve to part of the beach conversation

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Written by Sharon Simon Monday, August 26, 2013 04:27 pm

Letter: Margate summer residents deserve to part of the beach conversation Letter: Margate summer residents deserve to part of the beach conversation To the editor:

If you are a Margate summer resident, your voice does not have to leave with you in September.  You are an integral part of the community and deserve to be a part of any decision that will greatly alter our beaches.  

All you had to do was come to the Army Corps/DEP presentation held at City Hall on Aug. 15 to discover that their project does not hold water.  There are too many missing pieces to this complicated puzzle and the Army Corps and DEP do not have them.  

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Letter: In many areas, Bagnell has done better than Kelly

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Written by Sean Gleason Wednesday, August 21, 2013 12:00 am

Letter: In many areas, Bagnell has done better than Kelly Letter: In many areas, Bagnell has done better than Kelly To the editor:

First of all I have much respect for anyone who serves on a commission or in any political office, but that does mean I agree 100 percent with their decisions.

On the straw vote to recall Ventnor Mayor Michael Bagnell, I do not agree with recall.

Let's do some comparisons.

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Letter: Many questions remain about Margate beach project

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Written by Jane MacGrogan Tuesday, August 20, 2013 03:01 pm

Letter: Many questions remain about Margate beach project Letter: Many questions remain about Margate beach project To the editor:

Margate’s white-sand beach is as beautiful now as it was before Hurricane Sandy.

No replenishment is needed; our beach has grown considerably over the years, due most likely from Atlantic City and Ventnor replenishments.

Our beach is the very core of our economy, providing recreation to a multitude of people and the only reason many of us live here year-round or seasonally. Our beach has kept our property values high and our taxes low by appealing to second-home buyers.

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Letter: Taube should reconsider the dunes project

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Written by Art Selnick Tuesday, August 20, 2013 02:50 pm

Letter: Taube should reconsider the dunes project Letter: Taube should reconsider the dunes project To the editor:

Commissioner Brenda Taube is a thoughtful and effective commissioner, but she is wrong on the dunes project.

Dunes don't work.

We are on a barrier island, which could diminish over time. (See the September, 2013 issue of National Geographic Magazine on "Rising Seas").

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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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