• MARGATE – New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin is planning to meet with local officials early next month to discuss alternatives to the pending dunes construction project.

    Mayor Michael Becker said he received a call from Martin last week to arrange a meeting or two to discuss “unresolved issues with the specification of the plan, including drainage.”

    Becker said the 15-minute conversation was cordial and that Martin suggested a second meeting in mid-November to meet with the city’s technical consultant about the project.

    “I think it is a big step forward for the commissioner to call us,” Becker said. “He is aware of our issues and will set the time and place for the meetings.”

  • VENTNOR – The Board of Education agreed Wednesday, Oct. 22 to partner with Atlantic City in its effort to win the Georgetown University Energy Prize national competition, which carries a $5 million prize for the community that most effectively reduces its per-capita energy consumption over a two-year period starting Jan. 1, 2015.

    Action taken at the meeting will pave the way for other Downbeach communities to join Atlantic City in an interlocal agreement that benefits residents and helps the environment.

    Atlantic City is one of 52 municipalities nationwide that made it to the quarter-finals of the competition, which is designed to create a more energy efficient America. The prize challenges communities to incorporate innovative ideas to reduce energy consumption.

  • VENTNOR – The Board of Commissioners Thursday, Oct. 15 introduced an amendment to the city’s salary ordinance to set into motion an intergovernmental transfer that would allow the city to hire an Atlantic City employee as its next emergency management coordinator.

    Longtime Emergency Management Coordinator William Melfi will retire in two weeks, Mayor Michael Bagnell said. He is currently using up his sick days and his last day of employment will be Nov. 1.

  • Margate engages DEP and Army Corps to discuss options to building dunes

    MARGATE – The Board of Commissioners approved a resolution Thursday, Oct. 16 that preserves the city’s rights in fighting the dunes project. The commission entered a “tolling and standstill” agreement with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, which will allow the municipality to negotiate alternatives to building sand dunes on Margate’s beach.

    Assistant Attorney General David C. Apy filed with the Atlantic County Clerk three administrative orders to effectuate a taking of partial easements not voluntarily granted by shorefront property owners, including the City of Margate, to build the dunes. The state will use its powers of eminent domain to negotiate good faith compensation due to 10 shorefront property owners and 16 riparian grant owners.

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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