Ocean City Gazette | Letters to the Editor, Opinion

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South of 34th Street should be part of capital plan

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

To the editor:

As owners of 3801 Asbury (one unit of a two-unit townhouse), and on behalf of the co-owner of that structure, we wish to point out that curb flooding from storm drain backups is also occurring at our location, and at many corners south of 34th Street, from Central to West avenues.

These locations are apparently not in the five-year capital plan to be corrected. Routinely, after every rainstorm, our entire neighborhood experiences backups that are further aggravated by high tides.

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City needs to produce drainage plan

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Written by Opinion Monday, March 09, 2015 12:00 am

To the editor:

Certainly those property owners who reside between 29th Street and 34th Street will be relieved to learn that the mayor is making a commitment to addressing their street flooding. And for those of you living in the north end, the new pumping station may help alleviate at least some of your flooding problems, whenever it finally gets built. As for the residents of Merion Park, you may have some relief, though reports of the effectiveness of the pumping station at alleviating flooding in that neighborhood are mixed. As for the rest of you that are incurring street flooding, better luck in the next five-year capital plan.

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Ocean City can have its own Internet service

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Written by Opinion Friday, March 06, 2015 10:45 am

To the editor:

Last week, the Federal Communications Commission ruled favorably on net neutrality and also nullified state regulations that limited local Internet service.

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Kindness appreciated

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

To the editor:

I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to the person who was so very kind on Thursday, Feb. 19.

I am a senior citizen who needed to venture to the supermarket, even though it was bitterly cold. I was hurriedly unloading my packages into my trunk. Not tolerating the cold very well, I inadvertently pushed my cart into the cart bin with my handbag still in it as I was anxious to get into my car.

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Concerns over museum move

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

To the editor:

I am writing to express my concern about the proposal to move the Ocean City Historical Museum to the Stainton building. I write as a member of the Ocean City Historical Museum, an Ocean City taxpayer, and as someone who was president of a local historical society for 25 years – in other words, someone with an interest in and experience with the operations of an organization such as the museum.

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OC Home Bank fees hurt lower-income users

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

To the editor:

While Ocean City Home Bank President Steve Brady publicly states that the economic forecast for 2015 is optimistic despite Cape May County’s staggering unemployment rate of 10 percent, and while the bank advertises itself as “the bank people trust,” Ocean City Home Bank has quietly implemented policy changes that discriminate against working class families, charging them new fees and eliminating their banking conveniences simultaneously.

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Flooding is not being addressed

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Written by Opinion Tuesday, February 17, 2015 12:00 am

To the editor:

The following is an open letter to municipal government.  

Dear Mayor Gillian and Councilmen,

You should be aware that 40-plus homeowners and concerned citizens from First to 54th streets from Central Avenue to the bay came together at a community meeting Wednesday, Feb. 11 to express their frustration with recurring street flooding in their neighborhoods. In addition, a dozen or so second homeowners who couldn’t attend the meeting sent statements of support to the flooding committee.

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Museum move a great idea

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, February 11, 2015 12:00 am

To the editor:

Great idea to bring several historical museums together on the spacious second floor of Stainton’s Square in downtown Ocean City, right in the heart of where so much of our islands local history initially took place.

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Community meeting on Ocean City flooding

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Written by Opinion Monday, February 09, 2015 02:07 pm

To the editor:

There will be a community meeting on street flooding 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11 at the Ocean City Community Center, room N116, 1735 Simpson Ave. I know that’s short notice and not a good time for second homeowners, but we need to keep moving. We’ll hold another meeting on an upcoming weekend. Watch for the announcement.

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Residents form flooding group

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

To the editor:

This letter is to inform you that a committee comprised of Fairness in Taxes members has been formed to address the problem of recurring flooding in Ocean City neighborhoods. Although property owners have called attention to the problem in the past, the city has been negligent in responding to repeated complaints. Mayor Jay Gillian and City Council need to be reminded that the quality of life issues affecting property owners are more important than their wants. Where are our priorities?

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Grand jury dismissal highlights corrupt system

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

To the editor:

On Jan. 20, the Atlantic County prosecutor delivered a gift to six Atlantic City cops. Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain was able to get the grand jurors to dismiss all charges against the police that brutally beat a 20-year-old Linwood man.

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Environmentalists ruining Ocean City

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Written by Opinion Tuesday, January 20, 2015 12:00 am

To the editor:

First off, I would like to show some appreciation to Ocean City.

I am proud to live in a city that does so much to promote itself all year round. The First Night celebration is truly a great family event. All the street festivals, concerts, and the off-season fireworks provide some needed foot traffic for the local businesses.

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