• CAMDEN – A federal judge admonished the state Thursday, Jan. 15 for trying to quick-take beachfront property for a Margate beach replenishment project but stopped short of granting the city the preliminary injunction it requested.

    “Why NJDEP failed – and continues to fail – to follow the procedures set forth in the Eminent Domain Act is baffling,” U.S. District Court Judge Renee M. Bumb wrote in her legal opinion in the case brought by the city of Margate and beachfront property owners Morton and Roberta Shiekman against the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

  • VENTNOR – At a press conference on the Boardwalk Wednesday, Jan. 14, the mayors of Ventnor and Longport made it clear that they do not want the state’s pending dune project to be held up.

    Neighboring Margate, which has sued the NJ Department of Environmental Protection and US Army Corps of Engineers in an effort to negotiate an alternative to the Army Corps’ shore protection plan, is the cream in the Downbeach Oreo cookie.

  • PHILDELPHIA – A three-hour meeting Friday morning, Jan. 9 to negotiate alternatives to the state’s plan to build a sand dune in Margate was “unproductive,” according Margate Business Administrator Richard Deaney.

    Deaney said about 15 staffers from the Army Corps of Engineers, eight representatives of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and four from Margate, including Deaney, Commissioner of Finance Maury Blumberg, environmental engineering consultant Charles J. Rooney of T&M Associates and special counsel Rob Andrews of Dilworth & Paxon met at the Army Corps’ headquarters at the John Wanamaker building in Center City. 

Downbeach Current | Longport, Margate, Ventnor

'Moment in time' saves the life of a young reader

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, February 27, 2014 01:09 pm

Angelina Leon, 28, of Atlantic City and library assistant Kathy Tabasso, 57, of Margate hold 17-month-old Naomi at the Ventnor Library on Feb. 22. Tabasso provided lifesaving CPR to revive the child just weeks earlier. Angelina Leon, 28, of Atlantic City and library assistant Kathy Tabasso, 57, of Margate hold 17-month-old Naomi at the Ventnor Library on Feb. 22. Tabasso provided lifesaving CPR to revive the child just weeks earlier.

VENTNOR – One brief moment in time meant life, supreme joy and profound gratitude for three local residents one Saturday afternoon in February.

“I feel small. This is all part of a larger story,” said senior library assistant Kathy Tabasso, 57, of Margate.

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Longport encourages veterans to beach here

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, February 25, 2014 10:49 am

LONGPORT – Veterans welcome! could be a new slogan for the borough this summer. The Board of Commissioners Feb. 19 introduced a new ordinance that would allow active and retired military and members of the New Jersey National Guard to receive beach badges at no cost.

Active members of the Armed Forces and the New Jersey National Guard, their spouses and children over 12 will be eligible to receive free beach badges if the ordinance passes second reading Wednesday, March 19. Retired military who served at least 90 days active duty or sustained an injury or disability during their service are also eligible to receive a badge.

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Letter: Helping New Jersey residents recover from Superstorm Sandy one family at a time

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Written by Richard E. Constable III Monday, February 24, 2014 02:20 pm

As part of our commitment to transparency, the Christie Administration held three public hearings in February on our plans to execute the next round of federal Sandy recovery funds.

During the hearings in Atlantic, Essex and Monmouth Counties, we heard directly from many individuals who have had difficulty in their housing recovery efforts, particularly with the Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation (RREM) grant program. We understand their frustration in navigating the bureaucratic federal mandates, as well as the time the process takes.

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Knitters share tradition and talent to stitch for charity (VIDEO)

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Sunday, February 23, 2014 01:26 pm

Jersey Shore Knitting Guild founder Liv Dietrich of Margate and KnitOut organizer Liz Slater of Ventnor, show some of the completed items that will be donated to area school children. Jersey Shore Knitting Guild founder Liv Dietrich of Margate and KnitOut organizer Liz Slater of Ventnor, show some of the completed items that will be donated to area school children. VENTNOR – Nearly 50 knitters turned out on George Washington’s birthday to stitch more than 200 colorful pairs of mittens, scarves and hats for children in the area’s elementary schools. The annual event has kept children, veterans and cancer patients warm for more than 15 years.

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Ventnor Coffee hearing continues next month

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, February 21, 2014 05:30 pm

About 150 people turned out Feb. 19 to support Ventnor Coffee in its request for an interpretation of the city’s zoning ordinance. About 150 people turned out Feb. 19 to support Ventnor Coffee in its request for an interpretation of the city’s zoning ordinance.

VENTNOR ­– Zoning Board officials will take the next month to acquire information from the owners of Ventnor Coffee to help them decide if offering live music is ancillary to the 6-month-old coffee shop’s main business.

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Ventnor church needs Planning Board approval to erect new sign

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, February 21, 2014 12:32 pm

Artists rendering of electronic sign for St. John's by the Sea Church Artists rendering of electronic sign for St. John's by the Sea Church VENTNOR – The Reverend Ron Bretherick of St. John’s by the Sea Reformed Episcopal Church was told Feb. 20 that he would need Planning Board approval to erect a new sign at his church on Sacramento and Ventnor avenues.

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Bagnell promotes Ventnor police officer

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, February 21, 2014 11:18 am

Mayor Michael Bagnell administers the oath of office to Lawrence J. Hoff upon his promotion to lieutenant. Mayor Michael Bagnell administers the oath of office to Lawrence J. Hoff upon his promotion to lieutenant. VENTNOR – Mayor Michael Bagnell promoted Ventnor Police Sgt. Lawrence J. Hoff to the position of lieutenant at the Feb. 20 Board of Commissioners meeting.

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Smallwood gets top job at MCBP

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, February 20, 2014 02:25 pm

Margate Mayor Michael Becker presents Greg Smallwood with a polo shirt upon his promotion to chief of the Margate City Beach Patrol. Margate Mayor Michael Becker presents Greg Smallwood with a polo shirt upon his promotion to chief of the Margate City Beach Patrol. MARGATE – Gregory Smallwood, a 25-year veteran of the Margate Beach Patrol, was appointed chief at the Feb. 6 Board of Commissioners meeting.

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Margate City Police Blotter, Feb. 20, 2014

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, February 19, 2014 11:00 pm

  Margate Police  Police Blotter information is supplied by local police departments and other law enforcement agencies. All persons named are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

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Ventnor Police Blotter, Feb. 20, 2014

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, February 19, 2014 11:00 pm

Ventnor Police Police Blotter information is supplied by local police departments and other law enforcement agencies. All persons named are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

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