• 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. 

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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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Margate City Police Blotter, Feb. 19, 2014

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, February 18, 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 Coffee to appear before Zoning Board Wednesday (VIDEO)

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, February 17, 2014 10:24 am

Bob Sergeant/Pictured left to right: Lambros Psounos, Bob Sterling, Dave Esterman, Fred Nahas Bob Sergeant/Pictured left to right: Lambros Psounos, Bob Sterling, Dave Esterman, Fred Nahas VENTNOR – A Zoning Board meeting set for Wednesday, Feb. 19 is expected to determine if a business at 108 N. Dorset Ave. can continue to operate as it has for the last six months. Ventnor Coffee’s hearing before the board will start at 6 p.m. in the second floor courtroom of the Ventnor Municipal Building.

City Zoning Officer Jimmie Agnesino has determined that to continue as a music venue, owners of the coffee shop Christine Pagano and Michael Einwechter, will need a variance.

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Letter: What is happening to Ventnor?

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Written by Linda Kaplan Saturday, February 08, 2014 12:00 am

Letter: What is happening to Ventnor? Letter: What is happening to Ventnor? To the editor:

Ventnor residents were recently made aware of a substantial increase in water and sewer rates. A directive from the governor states that municipalities cannot get around the 2 percent cap by increasing municipal services user fees such as water and sewer.   

Another issue is the health care coverage provided to city employees through AmeriHealth.  The contract expires March 1. Switching to a state plan with several options seems to be the mayor's choice. The premiums are lower, but the coverage is not as extensive. Any proposed new health coverage must be equal to or better than the previous one. Whose money is going to step into this financial gap?  Ours.

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Letter: Thank you for support of Margate fireworks

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Written by Margie Reale Friday, February 07, 2014 01:47 pm

Letter: Thank you for support of Margate fireworks Letter: Thank you for support of Margate fireworks To the editor:

For nine years the Margate Mothers Association (MMA) has presented a spectacular Fourth of July fireworks show, thanks to so many of our sponsors, friends, neighbors, and the Margate Police, Fire and Public Works departments.

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