• 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.

Beachstock: The Planet’s Biggest Beach Party releases schedule of events

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Beachstock 2014 returns 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 28 to the Margate beach with an expanded lineup of family friendly events and activities. The Beachstock rain date is Sunday, June 29. Beachstock 2014 returns 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 28 to the Margate beach with an expanded lineup of family friendly events and activities. The Beachstock rain date is Sunday, June 29. MARGATE – Everyone remembers Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music. Well, Margate has its own version that crams three days of love into one 14-hour event.

Beachstock 2014 returns 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 28 to the Margate beach with an expanded lineup of family friendly events and activities. The Beachstock rain date is Sunday, June 29.

The fifth annual event includes non-stop music on the 100.7 WZXL main stage, “Kids Are the Stars” on the 95.1 WAYV kid’s stage, Battle of the Beach Bands, and lots of food, games and fun.

Beach tags are not required for the event, which stretches between the Huntington and Granville Avenue beaches behind the Margate Public Library.

Worried about finding a place to park? Not a problem. Beachstock offers free Jitney service from the Tighe School at Amherst and Essex avenues to the event. Jitneys will also pick up and drop off all along Atlantic Avenue.

Beachstock 2014 is presented by the Margate Business Association in cooperation with sponsors, including 100.7 WZXL, 95.1 WAYV, Buck London Productions LLC, Stacey’s Surf and Paddle, Atlantic City Weekly, Heritage Surf and Sports, Downbeach Express, the Margate Public Library, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox and Roach, Realtors, The Surfrider Foundation and the City of Margate.

Schedule of Events

7:30 a.m. – Stand Up For Change paddle boarding event registration, presented by Stacey’ Surf Camp

9 a.m. – Volleyball registration

9:30a.m. – Paddle boarding event begins

9:45 a.m. – National anthem performed by Senni Bloom; introduction of Margate Commissioners 100.7 WZXL Main Stage

9:45 a.m. – Volleyball tournament begins

10:30 a.m. – Senni Bloom

11 a.m. – Mia Bergman

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Music, games and giveaways

11:30 a.m. – Zip line, food and beer garden, vendor booths, sand sculpting by Matthew Deibert, children’s sand sculpting instruction, Alissa Dirato face painting, hair braiding, clay station, bocce ball, shuffleboard, Margate Police Ident-A-Kid Program

11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. – Margate Fire Department “Five Minute Cool Blast” every 30 minutes

Noon-3 p.m. – Free skin cancer screening by Dr. Carroccia

Noon-4 p.m. – Kid’s variety entertainment 95.1 WAYV Kids Stage    

12- 3:30 p.m. – Battle By the Beach Band – Finalist Band Competition 100.7 WZXL Main Stage

12:30 -2:30 p.m. – Fun competitions for all ages

1-3 p.m. – Stacey’s Surf Camp   

3 p.m. – Children’s Treasure Hunt

3:30 p.m. – Tow at Surf demonstration

6 p.m. – Life guard competitions

4:30-6:30 p.m. – Fool Injectors, last year’s Battle by the Beach Band winners 100.7 WZXL Main Stage

6:45-7:30p.m. – Steve Moore and The M.I.A.         

7:30p.m. – Bonfire lighting                           

8-10 p.m. – Beachstock headliner British Invasion Beatles Tribute Band 100.7 WZXL Main Stage           

8:30-10p.m. – Movie: “Mr. Peabody and Sherman” Margate Library Park


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