• 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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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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FEMA rules could devastate shore towns

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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. 

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FEMA regulations need grandfather clause

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Written by Opinion Tuesday, February 05, 2013 12:40 pm

To the editor:

By this time we all know that Governor Christie’s executive order adopting the new FEMA maps could have a devastating financial effect on properties in proximity to the bay and the ocean. Overall, the public accepts raising homes to higher elevations for new and substantially renovated or damaged homes. However, there is no provision for grandfathering existing buildings built in compliance to previous elevations.

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Downbeach ongoing events

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Written by Shaun Smith Tuesday, November 20, 2012 05:24 pm

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Ventnor Mothers Club membership

The Ventnor Mothers Club, which began in the 1930s, is seeking members. The group meets 7 p.m. the second Monday of each mother in the community room of the Ventnor Library and Cultural Art Center. Light refreshments are served. All mothers are encouraged to join. Call Barbara Martella (609) 457-8107.

Volunteers needed

The Ventnor senior citizen transportation service is a free shuttle available to all senior citizens residing in Ventnor and provides rides to anywhere in the Downbeach area of Ventnor, Margate, and Longport. In its 15th year, the program is performed by volunteer dispatchers and drivers. Anyone who can donate three hours a day, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Monday-Friday is encouraged to call (609) 823-7994. Leave your name and phone number on the answering machine and someone will return your call. 

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