• MARGATE – For the fourth year in a row, the tax rate for real property in Margate will remain unchanged. The Board of Commissioners introduced its 2015 municipal budget Feb. 19 with no increase in taxes.

    The $31.5 million budget calls for a tax rate of 60.1 cents per $100 of assessed valuation, the same as last year. The average homeowner with a house assessed at $516,007 will pay $3,101.20 in municipal taxes this year.

    Salaries, pensions and debt service are up slightly, but overall spending is down $124,843, according to Chief Financial Officer Lisa McLaughlin.

  • Lt. Frank CulmoneLONGPORT – At its Feb. 25 regular meeting, the Board of Commissioners unanimously agreed to support Mayor Nicholas Russo’s recommendation of Lt. Frank Culmone as the next chief of police.

    Culmone will replace Police Chief Vincent Pacentrilli, who will retire April 1 after 29 years on the police force.

    Russo said Culmone has the two most important traits for a police officer – morals and ethics.

  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Tuesday, Feb. 24 cancelled its bid solicitation to build sand dunes on the beaches of Margate and Longport.

    “Today, we notified the bidders that we are cancelling the solicitation,” said Steve Rochette, public affairs officer of the Army Corps Philadelphia District.

    The Army Corps had received two extensions to finalize the contract from two bidders vying for the job. The latest deadline to award the contract was Wednesday, Feb. 25.

  • MARGATE – A building boom in Margate should all but eliminate an increase in taxes this year, Chief Financial Officer Lisa McLaughlin reported at the Board of Commissioners work session on Feb. 5.

    It’s still under review, but a draft budget is complete and “I anticipate getting very close to a zero increase,” McLaughlin said.

    In her unaudited finance update, McLaughlin noted that the city increased ratables by more than $14 million, which brings the net taxable value of real estate in the city to $3,560,607,377.

  • VENTNOR – Ventnor Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association President Joe Iannuzzelli, backed by a dozen firefighters, attended the Board of Commissioners work session Wednesday, Feb. 11 at the Ventnor Educational Community Complex to ask whether a rumor he heard that the Ventnor and Atlantic City fire departments would merge is true.

    Mayor Michael Bagnell responded to his questions by saying that he is “just doing research” into the feasibility of merging the two departments.

  • Donna M. Peterson of Ventnor is the city’s new emergency management coordinator.VENTNOR – Since she was appointed Dec. 1 to lead the Office of Emergency Management, Donna M. Peterson has checked several items off her to-do list.She prioritized emergency responders as foremost for adequately protecting the city during the next big emergency event, improved technology and communication for first responding agencies and is working to finalize FEMA reimbursements from the last eight declared storms.

    “We’ve been very busy in a lot of different areas. I am trying to catch up on things, not just for myself, but for Ventnor City,” she said during an interview Friday, Feb. 6 at her office in City Hall.

  • MARGATE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has obtained a second extension of the deadline to award a contract to build sand dunes in Margate and Longport.

    According to Edward C. Voight, chief of Public and Legislative Affairs for the Philadelphia office of the Army Corps of Engineers, the bidders have agreed to extend their bid offerings for one month. The new deadline is Feb. 25.

    Additionally, The Downbeach Current has learned that the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has not filed eminent domain proceedings in state court to obtain the easements needed to build sand dunes in Margate.

Downbeach Current | Longport, Margate, Ventnor

Vintage Jazz Band wows older set at Ventnor Coffee

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, January 26, 2015 03:16 pm

DeMarzio plays rhythm guitar and vocals for The Vintage Jazz Band that got its start at Village Grande, an over-55 community in Egg Harbor Township. DeMarzio plays rhythm guitar and vocals for The Vintage Jazz Band that got its start at Village Grande, an over-55 community in Egg Harbor Township. VENTNOR – When Ventnor Coffee went before the zoning board for approval to continue offering music at their Dorset Avenue shop, owners Michael Einwechter and Christine Pagano said coffee shops are centers of social interaction for the community and safe havens for young people who like music. That premise was evident Friday, Jan. 23 as the shop was packed with people listening to a local jazz band – only the audience was filled with teenagers of a different era – the 1910s, 1920s and 1930s. 

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Ventnor City declares code blue

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Written by Staff Reports Monday, January 26, 2015 02:55 pm

VENTNOR - Due to expected dangerous wind chill temperatures through most of this week from nor'easter Juno, the Ventnor City Office of Emergency Management is declaring a Code Blue, effective 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26 until 8 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 29.

The combination of windy conditions (wind gusts up to 50 mph) and the snow will result in blizzard conditions. Low temperatures will range from single digits to lower 20s. Wind chills will be much lower.

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Margate City Police Blotter Jan. 1-20

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, January 23, 2015 03:30 pm

Margate City 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 Jan. 6-21

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, January 23, 2015 02:38 pm

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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Longport Police Blotter Oct. 22 - Dec. 31

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, January 23, 2015 02:36 pm

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

From Oct. 22-Dec. 31 Longport police responded to 22 calls for service, 13 parking complaints and 73 alarm calls, conducted 450 motor vehicle stops, issued 97 summonses and made six arrests, three on charges of driving while intoxicated. There were eight warrant arrests.

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Ventnor man convicted of 2006 murder in Atlantic City

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, January 23, 2015 02:32 pm

MAYS LANDING – A Ventnor man was convicted in Atlantic County Superior Court Jan. 22 in the fatal shooting eight years ago of an Atlantic City man, Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced Thursday, Jan. 22

An Atlantic County jury found Laquay Williams, 36, of Ventnor guilty of murder and three weapons possession charges in connection with the 2006 shooting death of Jerrod Moss, 20, whose body was found in an Atlantic City parking lot.

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Attorney’s report exonerates Taube in beach shack advertising clash

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, January 22, 2015 05:06 pm

MARGATE – A report prepared by an attorney the city hired to investigate what happened with a beach shack advertising program exonerates City Commissioner Brenda Taube, saying she was just doing her job.

The city paid A. Michael Barker of Barker, Gelfand & James $10,000 to investigate the city’s position with regard to potential litigation from one of the advertisers, GiGi Rosenberger of Marketplace Realty.

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Ohio man charged with multiple car burglaries, possession of a weapon

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, January 22, 2015 04:18 pm

Lyndal L. Tabler Lyndal L. Tabler VENTNOR – Police arrested an Ohio man Thursday afternoon and charged him with more than 15 counts of burglary and theft.

According to a press release from Chief Michael Miller, the arrest came after a rash of vehicular burglaries over several nights.

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DEP to host meeting in AC Friday night for billion dollar disaster resilience competition

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, January 22, 2015 11:37 am

TRENTON – The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection will be hosting a public meeting at the Chelsea Heights School, 4101 Filbert Ave. in Atlantic City 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23 to identify future storm vulnerabilities and frame the unmet recovery needs in the Atlantic City  region as part of a billion-dollar National Disaster Resilience Competition.

The Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development recently announced the new competition, with a goal of helping to improve the resiliency of communities that have been struck by natural disasters in recent years. There are 67 eligible applicants across the country for this $1 billion national competition.  The State of New Jersey is one of the eligible applicants for NDRC funding.

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Margate, Ventnor partner to raise awareness about single-use bags

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, January 21, 2015 01:32 pm

Steve and Cookie’s to screen ‘Bag It’ Tuesday, Jan. 27

MARGATE – Sustainable Margate and the Ventnor Green Team, in conjunction with the Surfrider Foundation South Jersey Chapter, will show the award-winning documentary “Bag It” 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. at Steve & Cookie’s by the Bay.

The screening is geared to businesses. Admission is free, and light hors d’oeuvres will served. Drinks can be purchased.

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