• 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.

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Thank you Longport officials for recovery efforts

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Written by Donald C. Marino Tuesday, May 21, 2013 04:18 pm

To the editor:

As a Longport resident, when I returned home after Sandy, I was amazed and saddened by the devastation sustained by Longport. I appreciate that other shore communities suffered more and a large number of people lost everything. But to see this beautiful community literally covered with sand, steps to the beach gone, bulkheads destroyed and wonderful homes either lost or terribly damaged was a total shock.

Now that we are about to welcome back our part-time residents, family members and visitors, I want to express my appreciation for the prompt response and fantastic work supervised by our commissioners, and carried out by our police and fire departments, and all Longport employees to have Longport ready for the summer season. There is still much to be done and everyday more is accomplished.

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Government reps are corporate cronies

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Written by Opinion Tuesday, May 14, 2013 12:40 pm

To the editor:

What hope can citizens have for public safety after the NRA and the gun lobby paid off politicians to kill even the background check bill – when the majority of the country was hoping for an assault weapons ban.

How can we accept that Monsanto's genetically engineered foods are now protected by the FDA with provisions slipped into a bill anonymously?

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We are all equal in God’s eyes

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, May 08, 2013 05:58 pm

To the editor:

To all the haters and to those who object due to moral grounds, I agree with you that in today’s society we have lost our civility in disagreeing with each other. We attack and attack and never really listen to the other side.

You’re wrong, I’m right and that’s the end of the story. There seems to be two sides to every argument and those two sides always seem to be broken down to either conservative or liberal. Red state or Blue state and if you disagree with me, then I’ll throw at you all the facts that I heard on my TV news or talk radio show, all hosted by people who’s main goal seems to be fattening their ratings, egos and wallets.

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Taube statement based on ‘pseudoscience’

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, May 08, 2013 05:54 pm

To the editor:

Margate Commissioner Brenda Taube can't seem to remember her pledge to hold the line on spending.

She wants or needs to squander $900,000 of taxpayers' money. Former Mayor Vaughn Reale sternly warned that this was only the tip of the iceberg and that beach replenishment mandates could cost Margate up to the full $10 million if federal funds were not available.  Who in their right mind would buy into a 50-year contract with such enormous financial exposure?

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‘Improving’ economy is just an illusion

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Written by OPINION Wednesday, April 17, 2013 12:52 pm

To the editor:

Headlines announce the falling rate of unemployment. Americans who pay little attention, or whose sources of information are limited, might blissfully believe the economy is well on its way to recovery. Unfortunately, any semblance of a recovery comes as President Obama and the Federal Reserve sanction the printing of trillions of dollars to be dumped into the economy. Our government is “buying the illusion” of a recovery by printing more money than our economy warrants. Four out of every 10 of those dollars add to a national debt, which will severely diminish economic opportunities for future generations.

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Holistic massage center moves to new location

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Written by SHAUN SMITH Wednesday, April 03, 2013 02:08 pm

Mayor Mike Bagnell cuts the ribbon of Enchanted Holistic Center and Massage Therapy with owner Jeanet Cadavid. Mayor Mike Bagnell cuts the ribbon of Enchanted Holistic Center and Massage Therapy with owner Jeanet Cadavid.

VENTNOR – A new business here is offering another way to relax by the beach.

Enchanted Holistic Center and Massage Therapy opened in its new location at 6750 Ventnor Ave. Saturday, March 23. Mayor Mike Bagnell cut the ribbon, and friends and family celebrated with owner Jeanet Cadavid of Egg Harbor Township. All attendees received a 20 percent coupon for a treatment at the center.

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Margate has no need for another engineer

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, March 06, 2013 01:00 am

To the editor:

Margate, in the midst of a severe economic recession with homeowners facing the real risk of losing their homes due to new federal flood insurance premiums that may well exceed $20,000 per annum, has decided to expand its bloated payroll with yet another six-figure salary.

Keep in mind that the city just signed another multiyear contract with its engineer. Now Margate wants to create a position for yet another engineer. Margate is barely a mile-square patch of sand with no substantial year-round population, and even that drastically shrinks each census. Perhaps the city administrator might realize the ludicrousness of needing yet more people "to manage the vast public building facilities owned by the city." Economic reality cries out for consolidation.

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Glad Simon has our back

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Written by Opinion Tuesday, February 12, 2013 01:00 am

To the editor:
We as residents of Margate and friends of Sharon Simon are fortunate to know her.

She cares about our community and gets to the bottom and the truth of every situation that we should be aware of. We are lucky to have an advocate that keeps us informed.

Bill Benard

Susan Zatz

Herb and Rita Adler 

   

Now is the time to speak out about flood maps

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, February 06, 2013 01:00 am

To the editor,

I read a letter berating me for hiring a project manager and was of course, disturbed and started writing a counter letter in my head, but then I thought, it does no good to engage in this negativity; I should be spending my energy more positively, doing what I was elected to do, which is to serve the residents of Margate the best way I know how. So I delved into what I think is the most important issue we have ever faced as a coastal community, which is the revised flood insurance rate map and its designated special flood hazard areas.

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Bickering makes Margate a laughingstock

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, February 06, 2013 01:00 am

To the editor:
For the past year one can’t help reading in the newspapers or listening to talk radio without hearing various remarks and criticisms of longtime Margate City Clerk and Tax Collector Tom Hiltner. I am appalled by some of our commissioner’s actions.

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