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Letter: A master jetty is the only answer to the dune question

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, February 25, 2015 12:00 am

Letter: A master jetty is the only answer to the dune question Letter: A master jetty is the only answer to the dune question To the editor:

So far the Margate no-duners have spent thousands of taxpayer dollars only to delay the inevitable.

I doubt very much that any judge would allow any city or citizens group to stop the Army Corps of Engineers from a dune project. It would open a Pandora’s box that could delay or stop many Army Corps of Engineers coastal projects. That is, unless you have the only answer that will actually work.

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Letter: Margate should disclose dune fight expenditures

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Written by Opinion Tuesday, February 24, 2015 12:00 am

Letter: Margate should disclose dune fight expenditures Letter: Margate should disclose dune fight expenditures To the editor:

The Press and The Downbeach Current, along with local news broadcasters, have reported that a federal judge has ruled that, although the state of New Jersey many not have used the proper procedures for the taking of property for the Margate dune project under eminent domain, the state may proceed by proper eminent domain procedures and, if successful, value the property being taken in accordance with existing New Jersey law.

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Letter: Woerner’s figures are inaccurate

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, February 18, 2015 12:00 am

To the editor:

The recent letter by Mr. Woerner should say, “Let me rewrite history.” His criticism of Commissioner Blumberg could not be more biased or baseless, and his recollection of the facts could not be further from the truth.

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Letter: MCCG is a political tax advocacy group

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, February 18, 2015 12:00 am

To the editor:

The Margate Concerned Citizens Group claims to be a nonpolitical tax advocacy group. This label is important because they meet in the Margate school, which can’t be used to promote political interests.

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Letter: Disagreements were financial, not political

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Written by Opinion Monday, February 09, 2015 02:33 pm

To the editor:

Let’s look at the history of some issues in Margate to determine whether my criticisms of Commissioner Maury Blumberg are financial or political. First, there were the renovations to the ball fields, which required three bond issues to complete. I felt the first phase, renovation of the basketball courts, was necessary.

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Letter: Dunes are just another pork barrel project

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, January 28, 2015 12:00 am

Letter: Dunes are just another pork barrel project Letter: Dunes are just another pork barrel project To the editor:

Giving the state a green light to proceed with the dunes project is not prudent. It is nothing short of government by dictatorial fiat. With personal rights being abridged at warp speed in the name of security, it's no surprise property rights are now being seized in the name of safety. Our forefathers fought a long, bloody revolution to endow future generation with individual rights unheard of at the time.

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Letter: Margate achieved its objective in court

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, January 28, 2015 12:00 am

Letter: Margate achieved its objective in court Letter: Margate achieved its objective in court To the editor:

Readers of the recent Press of Atlantic City article “Judge lets state proceed with Margate dune project –for now” may have concluded that Margate got buried in the sand by the court. But reading the judge’s ruling in its entirety indicates that Margate was successful in achieving its objective, receiving the relief it had asked for at this stage of the legal process.

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Letter: Dunes are not the solution

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Written by Opinion Tuesday, January 27, 2015 12:00 am

Letter: Dunes are not the solution Letter: Dunes are not the solution To the editor:

The fight over the Margate dune project is difficult enough without having elected officials make false and misleading statements in the press. 

The Jan. 22, 2015 edition of The Current quotes Ventnor Mayor Michael Bagnell as saying, “This all started when a handful of beachfront residents got the ball rolling to block the dunes.”   Nothing could be further from the truth. There has been staunch opposition to this project by the majority of Margate voters since it was first announced.

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Letter: Closing Margate Animal Hospital was the right decision

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Written by Opinion Tuesday, January 13, 2015 12:00 am

Letter: Closing Margate Animal Hospital was the right decision Letter: Closing Margate Animal Hospital was the right decision To the editor:

The last couple of years at the Margate Animal Hospital have been a little crazy. I sold the practice in May of 2011, and then in June of 2013, the new doctor informed me he was shutting down the practice. I had a decision to make: let my practice of 30 years go under, or come back and try to resurrect the client base.

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Letter: Ventnor’s unsung community leaders deserve thanks

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Written by Opinion Tuesday, January 13, 2015 12:00 am

Letter: Ventnor’s unsung community leaders deserve thanks Letter: Ventnor’s unsung community leaders deserve thanks To the editor:
Nowadays, you don’t hear about the men and women behind all the happenings that take place throughout the year. Many of them just like doing what’s best for their town by organizing and delivering great events and civil service. But someone should recognize them for all they do.

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Letter: Ross holiday show failed to mention reason for the season

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Written by Opinion Tuesday, December 30, 2014 12:00 am

Letter: Ross holiday show failed to mention reason for the season Letter: Ross holiday show failed to mention reason for the season To the editor:

“’Tis the season to be jolly.” But I don’t feel jolly after attending the Ross Elementary school holiday show Dec. 18. You ask why, with all of these beautiful children and their families singing their hearts out in their festive outfits?

Fifteen songs were sung regarding winter and the holidays. Can you believe not one was selected to include the reason for the season.

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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: 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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