• MARGATE – New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin is planning to meet with local officials early next month to discuss alternatives to the pending dunes construction project.

    Mayor Michael Becker said he received a call from Martin last week to arrange a meeting or two to discuss “unresolved issues with the specification of the plan, including drainage.”

    Becker said the 15-minute conversation was cordial and that Martin suggested a second meeting in mid-November to meet with the city’s technical consultant about the project.

    “I think it is a big step forward for the commissioner to call us,” Becker said. “He is aware of our issues and will set the time and place for the meetings.”

  • 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.

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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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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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