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Letter: Becker squandered $236,847 in legal fees

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Written by Opinion Tuesday, November 18, 2014 09:20 am

Letter: Becker squandered $236,847 in legal fees Letter: Becker squandered $236,847 in legal fees To the editor:

Yes, Margate Mayor Becker would finally declare defeat in the settlement of the whistleblower case. He'd love nothing more than to insist "It's time to move on." After blowing nearly a million dollars of taxpayer money, he magnanimously goes on to proclaim: "I'm glad we could come to a mutual reconciliation."

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Letter: Dunes decision represents 1 percent of population

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Written by Opinion Sunday, November 16, 2014 12:00 am

To the editor:

The Margate Commissioners have decided to spend a significant amount of tax dollars without consulting half the city’s tax base. They left the decision up to the voters, and the voters turned out and voted to fight the state and federal governments over the dunes project. The problem is that a little over 2,000 votes were cast, and Margate has 7,000 residents. The vote was decided on 79 votes; this represents about 1 percent of the population.

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Letter: Dune litigation can be funded from current budget

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Written by Opinion Friday, November 14, 2014 12:00 am

To the editor:

In the 2013 election, 65 percent of the people who voted agreed that there should not be any dunes in the city. Nonetheless Mayor Michael Becker and Commissioner Brenda Taube voted to have a second referendum, asking the electorate to vote on funding the estimated $200,000 to sue the state to stop the dunes project. This referendum also passed.

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Letter: Dune project propaganda is not being spread by MCQBP

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Written by Opinion Sunday, October 19, 2014 11:00 pm

Letter: Dune project propaganda is not being spread by MCQBP Letter: Dune project propaganda is not being spread by MCQBP To the editor:

It shatters my belief in people when I read a letter from Maria Dicino, who accuses a gentleman like Dan Gottlieb of putting out propaganda and using scare tactics. Under the leadership of Dan Gottlieb and Vaughan Reale, Margate Citizens Questioning the Beach Project worked diligently to educate the public and research alternative methods to building dunes on our beautiful beaches and save taxpayers millions of dollars in beach replenishment.

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Letter: Vote yes to stop the dunes

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Written by Opinion Sunday, October 19, 2014 11:00 pm

Letter: Vote yes to stop the dunes Letter: Vote yes to stop the dunes To the editor:

It was pleasing to see Margate’s paid consultants confirm what Margate Citizens Questioning the Beach Project was teaching citizens, most importantly, that bulkheads were never considered in the Army Corps study over 18 years ago and significantly concerning drainage issues still exist.

The following are also true: 14 handicapped entrances will be reduced to four, and Margate will fund approximately $700,000 every three years. When replenishment is required so we can use our beach, if federal funding isn’t available, Margate’s cost will soar to $7 million per fill.

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Letter: Vote yes on Margate referendum

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, October 15, 2014 02:37 pm

To the editor:

We voted, overwhelmingly, against the dune project in November 2013. Evidently this was not enough “guidance” for our city to move forward. No genuine effort was expended to support our position. Now, in the “twelfth hour,” a redundant referendum is being placed on November’s ballot asking “direction and advice” for spending $25,000 to $200,000 to engage legal counsel to stop the project. The city has already spent over $225,000 on an ongoing whistleblower lawsuit.  Where was the referendum for that and numerous other expenditures made by the city.

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Letter: Fighting dune project is a losing battle

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, October 15, 2014 02:15 pm

To the editor:

I read with much amusement Mr. Gotlieb’s letter to the editor in which he accuses the mayor of spreading misinformation regarding the potential dune project in Margate. Any person paying attention to the battle of the dunes should know that Mr. Gotlieb and his group raised $52,000 in a one-sided referendum last November about voluntarily joining the dune project.

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Letter: Vote yes to continue fight against Margate dune project

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Written by Opinion Sunday, October 12, 2014 11:00 pm

Letter: Vote yes to continue fight against Margate dune project Letter: Vote yes to continue fight against Margate dune project To the editor:

I urge the voters of Margate to vote yes on Question 3 Nov 4. A yes vote would authorize the city to spend up to $200,000 to fight the installation of the berm-dune project.

That being said, I find it hard to believe why this vote is even necessary. Last November the voters of Margate overwhelmingly (2-1) rejected joining the state and Army Corps beach project. This vote occurred after Gov. Christie informed us that it was a done deal regardless of the outcome of the vote while calling us “stupid.”

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Letter: Margate newsletter misleading on dunes

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Written by Daniel Gotlieb Tuesday, October 07, 2014 01:28 pm

Letter: Margate newsletter misleading on dunes Letter: Margate newsletter misleading on dunes To the editor:

Mayor Michael Becker’s comments in the Margate City Fall Newsletter relating to the dune project issue are misleading, omit key facts and contain a false statement. It appears to be an attempt to misinform the citizens and influence the outcome of the Nov. 4 referendum, which asks if voters if they want to spend $200,000 to challenge the dune project.

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Letter: Taube on casino gambling in North Jersey

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Written by Opinion Thursday, September 18, 2014 01:09 pm

Dear Editor,

It’s crazy to consider gaming up north at a time when four casino properties recently shuttered as a result of increased gaming competition in the northeast.  Those in favor of gaming up north claim that projections show it will help Atlantic City.  But in an ailing market, one shouldn’t gamble with projections of the unknown.   

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Letter: Officials pit residents against the state

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Written by Sharon Simon Monday, August 18, 2014 10:52 am

Without enough courage to support the will of the people, they have succumbed to political pressure. Without enough courage to support the will of the people, they have succumbed to political pressure. To the editor:

Mayor Becker and Commissioner Taube have pitted residents against the state. They have been in open dialogue with DEP, Army Corps and federal officials and have allowed a number of opportunities to negotiate an alternative to the dunes project go by. They claim that that they have done everything in their power and that it costs too much to protect our beaches, tax revenues and vote, which is simply not true.

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Letter: Time to repair Vendome Avenue ruts

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Written by Mark N. Cohen Sunday, August 17, 2014 10:57 am

Time to repair Verdome Ave. ruts   Time to repair Verdome Ave. ruts To the editor:

Every 25 feet, from Vendome Avenue to the edge of Longport, horizontal ruts run from the curb into the first lane of traffic on both sides of Atlantic Avenue. Some are 4 inches wide and 2 inches deep and getting worse. It won't be long before a bike rider blows out a tire or is thrown off balance, falls and gets hit by a passing car.

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Letter: Maury Blumberg hates democracy

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Written by Maria D. Dicino Sunday, August 17, 2014 10:46 am

Letter: Maury Blumberg hates democracy Letter: Maury Blumberg hates democracy To the editor:

It is clear that Maury Blumberg hates democracy.

In his latest effort to stifle the voice of Margate voters, he voted against the people having input on the spending of their own tax dollars by voting against the November 2014 referendum.

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Letter: Margate needs to listen to the experts

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Written by Andrew Pockl Sunday, August 17, 2014 09:37 am

Listen to what the experts have said and ignore the distractions from the very vocal minority of city residents. Listen to what the experts have said and ignore the distractions from the very vocal minority of city residents. To the editor:

I have read numerous times that the majority of Margate residents oppose the dunes project and wish to file an injunction to stop the state from furthering the project. The referendum that was voted on last November is cited as evidence that the overwhelming majority of residents prefer this course of action.

This is factually incorrect. The overwhelming majority of residents (full-time, part-time and renters) did not vote. Many homeowners (and taxpayers), because it is a second home, were not allowed to vote on the referendum.

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Letter: Taube’s dune support doesn’t square with her other positions

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Written by Steven H. Erlbaum and Seth Lehr Saturday, August 16, 2014 12:03 pm

Taube’s dune support doesn’t square with her other positions Taube’s dune support doesn’t square with her other positions To the editor:

Margate Commissioner Brenda Taube exploits public safety and fiscal responsibility – two politically and emotionally charged topics – to further her agenda. 

Taube justifies her decision to ignore her electorate’s 65 percent vote against the dunes, claiming, “I am concerned about public safety and fiscal responsibility,” and “I can’t spend taxpayer money fighting this.” 

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Letter: Anti-dunes group should pay to fight the dunes project

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Written by Steve Woerner Monday, August 11, 2014 10:49 am

To the editor:

Margate’s Aug. 7 Board of Commissioners meeting was a forum for citizens to speak in favor of or against spending hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars fighting the state and federal governments. The issue is the plan to erect dunes on Margate’s beaches.

The well-organized anti-dune Margate Citizens Questioning the Beach Project, led by Commissioner Maury Blumberg, Sharon Simon, Dan Gottlieb, and Vaughan Reale, produced approximately 20 people to speak against the dunes. Browbeating Mayor Michael Becker and Commissioner Brenda Taube, they repeatedly demanded those two officials publicly state where they stand on getting an injunction to stop the project, and, if need be, taking their case all the way through the courts.

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Letter: Solve sand problems with Mother Nature and a master jetty

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Written by Joseph Zetooney Sunday, August 10, 2014 01:59 pm

This is the type of “master jetty” I proposed at the Margate town meeting with the Army Corps of Engineers to be built at the south end of Longport. This is the type of “master jetty” I proposed at the Margate town meeting with the Army Corps of Engineers to be built at the south end of Longport. To the editor:

For the past several years, folks have asked me, “Joe, what is a master jetty?”

I gave that name to the almost mile-long jetty I watched being built in the early 1950s at the south end of Brigantine. According to the Army Corps of Engineers, it was solely built to keep the Absecon Inlet and deepwater fishing boat piers clear of sand buildups.

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Letter: Margate commissioner needs to get her facts straight

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Written by Barbara Manos Sunday, August 10, 2014 01:42 pm

The state and the governor are disregarding Margate's vote and it is glaringly obvious that Commissioner Taube is doing the same thing. The state and the governor are disregarding Margate's vote and it is glaringly obvious that Commissioner Taube is doing the same thing. To the editor:

Margate Commissioner Brenda Taube sat silently for most of last week's commission meeting.  The meeting was well attended and most of the attendees were in favor of the city’s spending a modest amount of money to defend the landslide result of the referendum question last November.

That referendum question was placed on the ballot to give the commission direction on whether they should agree to enter into the dune project with the NJDEP and the Army Corps of Engineers, and 65 percent of the voters said no. The state and the governor are disregarding Margate's vote and it is glaringly obvious that Commissioner Taube is doing the same thing. 

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Letter: William Hughes Jr. is a man of substance

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Written by Mark Lovett Sunday, August 10, 2014 01:18 pm

Bill Hughes Jr. is an accomplished attorney and federal prosecutor and is an active leader in the South Jersey community. Bill Hughes Jr. is an accomplished attorney and federal prosecutor and is an active leader in the South Jersey community. To the editor:

I recently had the pleasure of checking out the campaign website of Bill Hughes Jr., the Democratic candidate for Congress in the 2nd District.

After reading his policy positions, I was pleasantly surprised. Here is man who is a true visionary for the citizens of South Jersey and the nation. Unlike his opponent, he is a man of real substance, integrity, heart and who has a keen intellect.

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Letter: Fighting Margate beach project well worth the cost

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Written by Daniel Gottlieb Sunday, August 03, 2014 02:03 pm

Letter: Fighting Margate beach project well worth the cost   Letter: Fighting Margate beach project well worth the cost To the editor:

It has been written and said that Margate's opposition to the dune project is costly and fruitless. Nothing could be further from the truth.

The legal fees associated with supporting 65 percent of Margate's voters pale in comparison to the long-term costs to Margate taxpayers for 50 years of beach replenishment, and for making up the shortfall in tax revenue resulting from the inevitable and successful property tax appeals by beach-block and beach-front homeowners.

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Letter: The influence of large corporations is the real problem

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Written by Steve Mento Sunday, August 03, 2014 01:53 pm

The influence of large corporations is the real problem The influence of large corporations is the real problem To the editor:

I often hear about the hindrance of government and fears of “big government,” the overuse of our tax dollars on government programs, the inefficiencies of the VA and the burden of the pension system on the economy. What I don't hear enough about is how the 47,000 lobbyists in Washington have seduced our legislators and how their compromising influences continue to hack away at consumer protections.

While propaganda has the public imagining government growing out of control, the real gains continue to be made by large corporations in the free market.

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Letter: Margate is in good financial shape

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Written by Brenda Taube Saturday, August 02, 2014 02:11 pm

Letter: Margate is in good financial shape Letter: Margate is in good financial shape To the editor:

In 2011, Mayor Michael Becker and I voted to bring in a new auditor, Ford Scott and Associates, LLC, a leading firm in municipal auditing for South Jersey communities such as Margate. This firm performed the audit for 2011, discovered some deficiencies and made recommendations to correct them.

Three years later, we can proudly report that there were no findings at all in the 2013 audit report and that the city is in good financial shape, showing strong progress and heading in the right direction. Margate has a larger surplus than ever and its tax collectibles are up – a positive sign for Margate's economy according to the auditor – all despite three straight years of no tax increases.

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Letter: Margate resident questions Mayor’s spending

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Written by Opinion Monday, July 28, 2014 12:51 pm

To the editor:

Margate Mayor Michael Becker has an uncanny knack for squandering money – other people's money. His most recent waste of taxpayers' money was the $10,000 for two opinions not worth the paper they were printed on. They read like two poll parrots regurgitating legal boilerplate. Nowhere in the opinions will you find a scintilla of creative strategy to counteract and overturn the status quo. A lawyer worth his salt strives to set precedents.

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Letter: Ordinance would protect casino workers against mass layoffs

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Written by Colin Bell Saturday, July 19, 2014 02:04 pm

Letter: Ordinance would protect casino workers against mass layoffs Letter: Ordinance would protect casino workers against mass layoffs To the editor:

Atlantic City faces unprecedented challenges as a result of the unfortunate downturn in the gaming industry.  The prospect of losing a third of our casinos is not only a blow to our regional economy, but nothing short of a tragedy for the dedicated employees of our hospitality industry and their families. 

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Letter: How to stop the dunes in Margate

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Written by Richard Tomar Saturday, July 12, 2014 10:13 am

Does anybody really think that the whole scheme is not rife with favoritism and cronyism in the standard Christie operating manner?  Does anybody really think that the whole scheme is not rife with favoritism and cronyism in the standard Christie operating manner? To the editor:

The only way to stop the dunes project in Margate is to examine Gov. Christie's heavy-handed, one-size-fits-all approach through the lens of the Bridge Gate scandal.

Does anybody really think that the whole scheme is not rife with favoritism and cronyism in the standard Christie operating manner?  Why force this obscenely expensive project on communities that don't want it and don't need it, especially from a governor who cuts spending every chance he gets? 

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Letter: Atlantic City solution must be local

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Written by Geoff Rosenberger Friday, July 11, 2014 10:33 am

It's time to listen to our own dreamers again. It's time to listen to our own dreamers again. To the editor:

Thank you Chris Brown for saying and doing something about Showboat for our soon-to-be unemployed neighbors. Many locals would like to hear you say and do much more.

Our island empire is sinking fast, and it has nothing to do with Sandy, or other gambling markets.

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Letter: Atlantic County will miss Joe Nickels

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Written by Joe McDevitt Wednesday, July 09, 2014 01:10 pm

Atlantic County will miss Joe Nickels Atlantic County will miss Joe Nickels To the editor:

I write this letter with a heavy heart and sadness that is usually reserved for a family member. Atlantic County has lost a steward of the people, a protector of the taxpayer and outstanding family man.

For those of you who didn’t know Joe Nickels, there were two competing perceptions of him.

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Letter: Jewish Federation united over murders

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Written by Staff Report Wednesday, July 02, 2014 05:17 pm

MARGATE—The Jewish Federation of Atlantic and Cape May counties issued a statement condemning the murder of three Jewish students Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach and offer consolation to their families. They urged for cooperation to bring those responsible to justice.

Their statement, reflecting many groups and organizations around our region reads;

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Letter: Caesars’ predatory practices must be stopped

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Written by John M. Sewell Monday, June 30, 2014 12:06 pm

Caesars’ predatory practices must be stopped Caesars’ predatory practices must be stopped To the editor:

Closing the Showboat Casino, depriving thousands of gainful employment, can only be seen as a classic case of bare knuckles, brass knuckles laissez-faire not seen since the avaricious steel barons of the 1800s. Showboat is a casino that has had Caesars writing off 94 percent of Showboat’s value over the last year and slashing capital investments. Despite this deliberate sabotage, remarkably, astoundingly it continues to be a profitable venture, making millions per quarter.

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Letter: Pause to honor those fight for our freedom

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Written by Sunny Otto Sunday, June 29, 2014 11:52 am

Pause to honor those fight for our freedom Pause to honor those fight for our freedom To the editor:

Today we celebrate the arrival of the United States of America onto the world stage. As a member of American Legion Auxiliary Longport Unit 469, I want to personally thank all members of the Armed Forces of the United States of America for their innumerable contributions to protecting our freedoms and keeping our nation safe. I also want to thank the families of deployed service members for their strength and their sacrifice.

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