• 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.

Downbeach Current | Longport, Margate, Ventnor

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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MBA accepting scholarship applications

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, January 21, 2015 01:28 pm

MARGATE – Submissions are being accepted for the Margate Business Association’s Daniel and Maria Walters Scholarship Program. Each year, the program awards two $2,500 college scholarships to high school seniors who have attended Margate schools.

The program has awarded more than $70,000 since its inception in 1999.

Applicants must submit three references who are not relatives, a list of activities and awards and a 300- to 500-word essay on the topic:

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Margate group should be barred from meeting at school, resident says

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, January 21, 2015 01:04 pm

MARGATE – A local resident wants the Board of Education to rescind the approval it gave for the Margate Concerned Citizens Group to meet at the William H. Ross School, saying the group’s purpose is political.

The school board approved the organization’s facilities use request Oct. 8, allowing it to meet at the school one evening a month until July 20.

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Ventnor presents keys of the city to K-9 donor

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, January 21, 2015 12:56 pm

Police Chief Michael Miller, left, applauds as Mayor Michael Bagnell, right, presents the keys to the city to Officer Jim Binns of the Darby Township Police Department. Police Chief Michael Miller, left, applauds as Mayor Michael Bagnell, right, presents the keys to the city to Officer Jim Binns of the Darby Township Police Department. VENTNOR – The mayor and Board of Commissioners presented the keys to the city Wednesday, Jan. 15 to two men who made it possible for the city to acquire a new police canine at no cost to taxpayers.

Bagnell presented the keys to the city to Officer Jim Binns of the Darby Township Police Department in Pennsylvania, who convinced Pete Ciarrocchi, owner of the Chickie’s & Pete’s sports bar chain, to buy the dog and pay for narcotics detection training for the dog and its handler.

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Check ‘make a movie’ off her bucket list

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, January 21, 2015 12:44 pm

Rachel Albanese of Margate is making a short film at Sid’s Restaurant in Ventnor. Rachel Albanese of Margate is making a short film at Sid’s Restaurant in Ventnor. VENTNOR – A New York City transplant is working to knock one item off her bucket list by making a short film that not only tells a great story, but also showcases local businesses and talent, and sheds a positive light on this Absecon Island community.

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Downbeach responds to judge’s decision on dunes

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, January 16, 2015 04:13 pm

Dan Gottlieb of the Margate Citizens Questioning the Beach project said Friday afternoon that he is pleased to see that US District Court Judge Renee M. Bumb recognized that the state cannot take private property just by filing a document.

“Each and every case has to be looked at individually. Perhaps property owners with riparian rights in Margate should view the state’s avoidance of the required eminent domain process as a clue that the state might have some concerns about the costs associated with fair compensation to the land owners who are affected,” Gottlieb said in a statement issued to The Current on Friday afternoon.

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Judge denies Margate request for preliminary injunction to stop dune project

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, January 16, 2015 04:09 pm

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.

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Margate school board awards ADA access contract, rejects bids for HVAC work

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, January 15, 2015 03:05 pm

MARGATE – The Board of Education awarded a $372,000 contract Jan. 14 to make barrier-free improvements at the Eugene A. Tighe School, but rejected bids for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and ceiling renovations.

The board awarded the contract to Joseph Porretta Builders Inc. of Hammonton to install handicapped ramps at the main and cafeteria entrances to the school and replace concrete paving in the courtyard at the back of the school. Two internal ramps will be modified to comply with Americans with Disability Act specifications.

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Neighbors fued over Margate’s effort to block dunes

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, January 14, 2015 04:57 pm

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.

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