• 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.

Downbeach Current | Longport, Margate, Ventnor

Government reps are corporate cronies

Attention: open in a new window. PrintE-mail

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?

Read more: Government reps are corporate cronies

 

We are all equal in God’s eyes

Attention: open in a new window. PrintE-mail

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.

Read more: We are all equal in God’s eyes

   

Taube statement based on ‘pseudoscience’

Attention: open in a new window. PrintE-mail

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?

Read more: Taube statement based on ‘pseudoscience’

 

‘Improving’ economy is just an illusion

Attention: open in a new window. PrintE-mail

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.

Read more: ‘Improving’ economy is just an illusion

   

Holistic massage center moves to new location

Attention: open in a new window. PrintE-mail

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.

Read more: Holistic massage center moves to new location

 

Margate has no need for another engineer

Attention: open in a new window. PrintE-mail

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.

Read more: Margate has no need for another engineer

   

Glad Simon has our back

Attention: open in a new window. PrintE-mail

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

Attention: open in a new window. PrintE-mail

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.

Read more: Now is the time to speak out about flood maps

   

Bickering makes Margate a laughingstock

Attention: open in a new window. PrintE-mail

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.

Read more: Bickering makes Margate a laughingstock

 

FEMA rules could devastate shore towns

Attention: open in a new window. PrintE-mail

Written by Opinion Tuesday, February 05, 2013 12:56 pm

To the editor:

New FEMA rules may devastate whole neighborhoods of our shore towns.  

FEMA seems intent on causing more damage than the actual storm. The federal government has no problem subsidizing just about everything under the sun, but insists that FEMA will be self-sustainable and plans to get it there by removing federal flood insurance premium subsidies while also increasing its rates. And as many locals have learned, the help it does offer is meager compared to the costs to rebuild to the agency’s radical new standards. 

Read more: FEMA rules could devastate shore towns

   

Page 47 of 48