• balloonMARGATE – The Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4 on a proposal scheduled for adoption that would ban the outdoor release of helium balloons.

    The ordinance was suggested by members of the city’s green team, Sustainable Margate, as a way to reduce ocean litter and protect marine wildlife.

  • VENTNOR – The Board of Commissioners introduced an ordinance Thursday, Nov. 20 that would offer tax exemptions for certain property owners who make improvements or build anew.

    Officials are hoping a tax incentive would spur new construction that complies with new flood elevation standards and help the city improve its FEMA flood insurance rating, which would equate to discounts for residents on the cost of flood insurance.

  • CAMDEN – A federal court today issued a temporary restraining order to stop the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Army Corps of Engineers shore protection project in Margate.

    The order came after Margate filed a legal suit in U.S. District Court to stop the state and Army Corps from building sand dunes on the city’s beach.

  • 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.

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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