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Letter: Officials pit residents against the state

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Written by Sharon Simon Monday, August 18, 2014 11:52 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 11:57 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 11:46 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 10:37 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 01:03 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 11:49 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 02:59 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 02:42 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 02:18 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 03:03 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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