• VENTNOR – The City Commission, Planning Board and Planning and Zoning Department are considering changes to the zoning and building codes to address a number of issues.

    On Aug. 21, the commission asked the Planning Board to review zoning for the R-7 District, which is zoned single family. The commission is asking planners to consider allowing duplexes as a conforming use in the zone.

    According to Zoning Officer Jimmy Agnesino, the area was once zoned for multifamily dwellings, but in the 1990s the city rezoned it for single family only.

  • MARGATE – The city received confirmation Thursday, Sept. 4 that it has been awarded $360,000 in Post-Sandy Planning Grants. New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Richard E. Constabile III said the city will receive eight grants, ranging from $30,000 to $50,000 each, to identify areas where it can improve resilience to storms and promote economic development.

    City Administrator Richard Deaney announced the grant award at the Board of Commissioners’ 4 p.m. worksession meeting.

  • MARGATE – When local voters go to the polls for the Nov. 4 general election, they’ll get one more chance to decide if a legal battle to stop the dunes project is in Margate’s future.

    Following a 90-minute special meeting that brought out supporters and detractors of the fight to stop the pending dunes project, the Board of Commissioners passed two resolutions. One would put a question on the November ballot asking voters to spend $200,000 plus technical costs to sue the state and federal government to stop the project. The other would allow the city to hire an attorney to file an immediate injunction to stop the project.

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Letter: Solve sand problems with Mother Nature and a master jetty

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Written by Joseph Zetooney Sunday, August 10, 2014 02:59 pm

This is the type of “master jetty” I proposed at the Margate town meeting with the Army Corps of Engineers to be built at the south end of Longport. This is the type of “master jetty” I proposed at the Margate town meeting with the Army Corps of Engineers to be built at the south end of Longport. To the editor:

For the past several years, folks have asked me, “Joe, what is a master jetty?”

I gave that name to the almost mile-long jetty I watched being built in the early 1950s at the south end of Brigantine. According to the Army Corps of Engineers, it was solely built to keep the Absecon Inlet and deepwater fishing boat piers clear of sand buildups.

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Letter: Margate commissioner needs to get her facts straight

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Written by Barbara Manos Sunday, August 10, 2014 02:42 pm

The state and the governor are disregarding Margate's vote and it is glaringly obvious that Commissioner Taube is doing the same thing. The state and the governor are disregarding Margate's vote and it is glaringly obvious that Commissioner Taube is doing the same thing. To the editor:

Margate Commissioner Brenda Taube sat silently for most of last week's commission meeting.  The meeting was well attended and most of the attendees were in favor of the city’s spending a modest amount of money to defend the landslide result of the referendum question last November.

That referendum question was placed on the ballot to give the commission direction on whether they should agree to enter into the dune project with the NJDEP and the Army Corps of Engineers, and 65 percent of the voters said no. The state and the governor are disregarding Margate's vote and it is glaringly obvious that Commissioner Taube is doing the same thing. 

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Letter: William Hughes Jr. is a man of substance

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Written by Mark Lovett Sunday, August 10, 2014 02:18 pm

Bill Hughes Jr. is an accomplished attorney and federal prosecutor and is an active leader in the South Jersey community. Bill Hughes Jr. is an accomplished attorney and federal prosecutor and is an active leader in the South Jersey community. To the editor:

I recently had the pleasure of checking out the campaign website of Bill Hughes Jr., the Democratic candidate for Congress in the 2nd District.

After reading his policy positions, I was pleasantly surprised. Here is man who is a true visionary for the citizens of South Jersey and the nation. Unlike his opponent, he is a man of real substance, integrity, heart and who has a keen intellect.

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Margate superintendent offered Absecon post

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, August 08, 2014 11:23 am

MARGATE – The Board of Education will hold a special meeting Friday, Aug. 8 to accept Superintendent Dr. Theresa DeFranco’s resignation and decide on a date to release her from her contract here.

DeFranco said she informed the board that she would be interviewing for the superintendent’s post in Absecon, a K-8 school district, replacing Superintendent James A. Giaquinto, who is leaving the district Sept. 1.

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Commissioners draw lines in the sand over dunes project

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Friday, August 08, 2014 10:44 am

MARGATE – Residents opposed to the dunes project got what they have been asking for at the Aug. 7 Board of Commissioners meeting. The meeting revealed each commissioner’s stance for or against fighting the dunes project in court.

The meeting agenda requested input from the public about two recent attorney opinions that said chances are slim the city would win a lawsuit to stop the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from building sand dunes along the entire New Jersey coastline.

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Proposed email notification system raises privacy concerns in Longport

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, August 07, 2014 02:50 pm

LONGPORT – As they say, communication is everything.

The borough is considering joining an email service to keep residents informed about borough emergencies and happenings year-round.

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Longport planners recommend ordinance changes for fire pits and pools

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, August 07, 2014 02:18 pm

LONGPORT – At the behest of the Planning Board, the Board of Commissioners introduced two ordinances at its Aug. 6 meeting that deal with outdoor fireplaces and fire pits, and swimming pools, hot tubs and spas.

Both ordinances were introduced after planners discussed the need to protect homeowners against fire hazards and accidental drowning, Mayor Nicholas Russo said. The borough’s fire officials also reviewed the ordinances before they were introduced.

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Longport to crack down on impaired driving

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, August 07, 2014 01:27 pm

LONGPORT – Consider this fair warning. The Longport Police Department will be cracking down on drunk drivers during the Labor Day “Get Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, Aug. 15-Sept. 1.

Sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols will be looking for motorists who may be driving while intoxicated. The department has received a grant from the state Division of Highway Traffic Safety to step up patrols.

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Ventnor to hold town hall meeting for displaced workers

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, August 07, 2014 12:53 pm

VENTNOR – Residents who would like to learn more about free job search assistance available at the Atlantic County One Stop Career Center are invited to attend a town hall meeting 9-11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 21 on the second floor of the Atlantic County Library/Ventnor, 6500 Atlantic Ave.

Rhonda Lowery, executive director of the Atlantic Cape May Workforce Investment Board, and a team of representatives will be available to discuss the many online resources for job searches, job matching services, employer hiring incentives and explain what the One Stop Career Center can do for you.

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Congregation Beth El welcomes new rabbi

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, August 07, 2014 12:36 pm

Judi Ahavah DelBourgo is the new rabbi at Beth El Synagogue in Margate and Northfield. Here she is with Rabbi Aaron Krauss. Judi Ahavah DelBourgo is the new rabbi at Beth El Synagogue in Margate and Northfield. Here she is with Rabbi Aaron Krauss. MARGATE – Congregation Beth El on Jerome Avenue welcomed its new rabbi at a service July 19 and although women have been ordained as rabbis in Conservative Judiasm since 1985, it’s a first for this community.

Rabbi Judi Ahavah DelBourgo stepped into her role assisting Rabbi Aaron Krauss in mid-July and will oversee the synagogue’s growth into the Mainland Atlantic County area.

The synagogue is opening a campus at 201 Tilton Road in Northfield, and will conduct Friday evening Shabbat services and Hebrew and religious instruction for youths afterschool on Tuesdays and Sunday mornings, DelBourgo said.

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