• TRENTON – Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced Nov. 20 that Ventnor City would receive a $501,000 grant to restore historic City Hall. The building was one of four in Atlantic County selected for Sandy Disaster Relief Grants for Historic Properties to fund the preservation, stabilization, rehabilitation and repair of New Jersey historic structures that were damaged by the storm.

    Other Atlantic County structures awarded grants include Fire Station 3 in Atlantic City, which received $338,289, Fire Station 2 in Atlantic City $205,649 and Gateway Playhouse in Somers Point $102,400.

  • MARGATE – Local firefighters and EMS workers who routinely arrive at drug overdose calls are now carrying the life-saving antidote, naloxone.

    Chief Anthony Tabasso made the announcement at the Nov. 6 Board of Commissioners work session meeting.

  • MARGATE – City Clerk and Tax Collector Tom Hiltner will resign from both positions Jan. 1 and receive $260,000 payable in installments over the next two years as part of a settlement reached in his whistleblower lawsuit against the city.

    Under the agreement, the city will also give Hiltner $12,000 a year for the next eight years for health insurance, and pay $50,000 in attorney fees to Jacobs & Barbone, his attorneys.

  • MARGATE – Despite differences of opinion regarding the dunes issue, the Board of Commissioners Nov. 6 agreed to uphold the wishes of the voters and proceed with an effort to stop the state and Army Corps of Engineers from building sand dunes on the beach.

    Congratulating the advocacy group Margate Citizens Questioning the Beach Project, which lobbied to fight the dunes project, Commissioner Brenda Taube said she would join Commissioner Maury Blumberg and Mayor Michael Becker in support of voters who passed a nonbinding referendum Nov. 4 that asked if they wanted the city to spend up to $200,000 in legal fees to try to stop the NJ Department of Environmental Protection and the Army Corps from proceeding with the project. The unofficial vote count was 1,140 yes, 1,091 no. Provisional ballots are still being counted. Certification by the Atlantic County Clerk is expected Monday afternoon.

  • VENTNOR – The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs has awarded $230,000 in Post-Sandy Planning Assistance grants to help the city become more resilient to storms.

    Mayor Michael Bagnell said the grants will help the city plan for the future after several years of struggling with the aftermath of hurricane Sandy, which flooded the city in October 2012.

Parrotheads welcome Buffett to Atlantic City [slideshow]

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  Members of the Jersey Shore Parrot Head Club got a good spot for the show. From left are Kate Newcomer of Brigantine, Steve Petrozza of Glassboro, Lynne Dubler of Stone Harbor, Lisa Westog of Ocean City, Lance and Kathy Landgraf of Ventnor and Beth Zoller of Ocean City. Members of the Jersey Shore Parrot Head Club got a good spot for the show. From left are Kate Newcomer of Brigantine, Steve Petrozza of Glassboro, Lynne Dubler of Stone Harbor, Lisa Westog of Ocean City, Lance and Kathy Landgraf of Ventnor and Beth Zoller of Ocean City.

ATLANTIC CITY - "Build it and I will come," Jimmy Buffett told the 75,000 people who flocked to the beach for a free concert hosted by Resorts Casino Hotel Saturday, June 15.

Andy Grammar opened Salt & Sand Fest at 1 p.m on LandShark Beach at North Carolina Avenue while the crowd stretched to Steel Pier from the boardwalk to the ocean and beyond, where boats were anchored in the surf.

Inspired by Buffett's music and lifestyle, Resorts recently opened the Margaritaville themed casino and restaurant. Buffett could clearly see patrons of LandShark Bar & Grill on the beach from the stage.

"I have found a home," Buffett said.

Buffett joined Coral Reefer Band member Mac McAnally for the second act at 4 p.m. Headlining act, Wilson Phillips, played at 7 p.m. Many devoted fans, dubbed "Parrotheads," were camped out early so their beach chairs could be dug in close to the stage.

Among them were members of the Jersey Shore Parrot Head Club including Kate Newcomer of Brigantine, Steve Petrozza of Glassboro, Lynne Dubler of Stone Harbor Ocean City residents Lisa Westog and Beth Zoller and Lance and Kathy Landgraf of Ventnor.

Since 1999, the group has raised more than $60,000 for local charities and organizations. "Partying with a purpose," Landgraf said.

Two old friends from the Claridge, Jill Alexander of Egg Harbor Township and Patti DeFrancisco of Hammonton got a spot near LandShark Bar for the concert.

"It's nice being out on the beach," Alexander said. "We just wanted to come out and have fun."

McAnally said he was happy to see the Jersey Shore recover after Hurricane Sandy. Being from Mississippi, he said he understands the recovery process before playing, "When the Coast is Clear," a song he co-wrote with Buffett.

"Mississippi and New Jersey aren't that far apart," McAnally told the crowd. "Our hearts go out to you. It brings the whole country back together."

Buffett, who was announced as a special guest performer, joined McAnally during "Back Where I Come From." Between songs he told the crowd how much he was enjoying the show.

"We'll have to do this more often," Buffett said. "I like this latitude," he said before launching into "Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes."

Buffett dubbed his bandmates; McAnally, Jim Mayer on bass, Peter Mayer on guitar and Roger Guth on drums; all members of his touring Coral Reefer Band, as his "Beatles Band."

Mixed throughout songs and while talking to the crowd, Buffett referenced Atlantic City, Philadelphia and even Brigantine. On stage, McAnally wore a T-shirt from the Windrift Hotel in Avalon.

They played a set of fan favorites including "Margaritaville," "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere," "Grapefruit, Juicy Fruit," "Volcano," "Cheeseburger in Paradise," "A Pirate Looks at 40," "Southern Cross" and "Fins." He played two cover songs that the crowd knew well: "Brown Eyed Girl" and "Under the Boardwalk."

For an encore, Buffett played a third cover, "Another Saturday Night" and a solo acoustic version of "Come Monday."

"We'll be back in Camden before you know it," Buffett said.

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band will play 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 25 at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden. See margaritaville.com for information. 

Photos by Shaun Smith


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