• 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. 

Downbeach Current | Longport, Margate, Ventnor

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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Margate Commission meeting cancelled

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, January 20, 2015 02:12 pm

The Margate City Board of Commissioners meeting scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 22 has been cancelled.

The next meeting will be held on Thursday, Feb. 5. A worksession will be held at 4 p.m., followed by the regular meeting at 5 p.m.

Meetings are held at the Margate City Municipal Building, 9001 Winchester Ave.

 

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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Margate considers ordinance revisions

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Tuesday, January 13, 2015 01:15 pm

Proposed changes would reduce pool setback, raise minimum fence height

MARGATE – In his 40 years as zoning officer, Roger Rubin said he has never seen as much new construction here as there has been since Hurricane Sandy.

“It’s been a spectacular runup of residential and commercial new construction in 40 years. It’s unparalleled here,” Rubin said.

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