Ocean City Gazette

Anti-beach tag law shows misunderstanding of a shore town’s budget

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Written by Cindy Nevitt Friday, December 14, 2012 12:00 am

Anti-beach tag law shows misunderstanding of a shore town’s budget  Anti-beach tag law shows misunderstanding of a shore town’s budget

When I first heard about the proposed anti-beach tag legislation proposed by two state senators, who do not represent any New Jersey shore towns, I thought: Here’s a classic case of people who do not live here deciding what is best for us.

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To BFE+2 or not? That is a moot question

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Written by Cindy Nevitt Friday, December 07, 2012 12:00 am

Last week, City Council unanimously introduced a proposed zoning change that would require the first floor of living quarters in new construction to be built two feet above base flood elevation.

The idea, which drew criticism pre-Sandy when the planning board adopted a master plan re-exam that contained recommendations supportive of more and bigger construction throughout the island, is getting a warmer reception post-Sandy.

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Sandy’s latest gift to the shore: Disaster tourism

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Written by Cindy Nevitt Friday, November 30, 2012 12:00 am

 

A month after Frankenstorm hit, Ocean City has become a freak show for curiosity seekers.

We don’t have anything as jaw-droppingly awesome as a roller coaster in the ocean like SeasideHeights, but that doesn’t matter. We are a disaster zone, and by extension, a tourist attraction.

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Coben is guest of honor at annual Author’s Luncheon

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, November 25, 2012 12:00 am

Harlan Coben is welcomed to the annual Author’s Luncheon by Karen Mahar, Evie Bachich, Sandy Crescenzo, Fred Marcell, Becky Greene, Chris Maloney and Leslie Clarke. Harlan Coben is welcomed to the annual Author’s Luncheon by Karen Mahar, Evie Bachich, Sandy Crescenzo, Fred Marcell, Becky Greene, Chris Maloney and Leslie Clarke.

It was a beautiful sunny day when guests arrived at the annual Author’s Luncheon at The Flanders Hotel featuring acclaimed writer Harlan Coben. I chatted with Cindy Donahue as we crossed the parking lot into the hotel where we met up with Mary Benson as she walked up the street. Evie Bachich greeted us at the door as she waited for Harlan Coben to arrive.

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Black Friday gives holiday shopping a black eye

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Written by Cindy Nevitt Friday, November 23, 2012 10:03 am

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Today is one of the year’s two biggest shopping days. In fact, Black Friday, acknowledged as the official start of the Christmas shopping season, arrived in stores so many hours ago it was still Thursday.

Before many turkeys were even served on Thanksgiving Day, some even bigger turkeys camped out in the cold in tents on sidewalks outside big-box stores for the chance to be first at the biggest sales.

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Exchange club travels to Washington, D.C.

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, November 18, 2012 12:00 am

Brian Barry and Nicholas Hanson welcome Ron and Beverly Denney and Cathy and Jim Finnegan to lunch at the Marine training base. Brian Barry and Nicholas Hanson welcome Ron and Beverly Denney and Cathy and Jim Finnegan to lunch at the Marine training base.

On the road again. That’s right, Ron Denney put together another trip in a series of educational excursions sponsored by the Exchange Club of Ocean City to military training facilities.

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Responders from near and far aiding Ocean City in recovery from Sandy

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Written by Cindy Nevitt Friday, November 16, 2012 12:00 am

As Ocean City began the long process of recovery from Superstorm Sandy, many organizations and individuals pitched in to aid with the effort. The sense of community that has always been so strong in this town grew stronger, and many were rightfully commended for it.

What was less unexpected is the national response to this disaster. No matter where you go in town, you are likely to see a vehicle with an out-of-state license plate manned by out-of-state workers. Sandy has brought both people who love Ocean City and people who have never been to Ocean City here to help in our hour of deepest need.

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Supporters come out for Susan Sheppard

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, November 11, 2012 12:00 am

It was a beautiful clear fall night when friends of Susan Sheppard gathered on the outside deck at the Deauville Inn for a benefit to support Susan in her bid for Cape May County surrogate.

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An act of God becomes a religious recruiting tool

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Written by Cindy Nevitt Friday, November 09, 2012 12:00 am

Hurricane Sandy stopped being a natural disaster and turned into a religious event over the weekend.

The first time I noticed that happening was Sunday at the StaintonSeniorCenter, when someone I know mentioned he hasn’t seen me at church in awhile. If he volunteered on the four cooking committees I do, he would see me plenty. But I didn’t call him out on his lack of service in the kitchen.

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Hurricanes I have known

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Written by Cindy Nevitt Friday, November 02, 2012 12:00 am

The pictures from the last few days look very familiar. Boats piled on top of one another in marinas or on land, all where they don’t belong. Walls that have collapsed, roofs that are missing, houses that have been pushed off their foundations. Trees uprooted, sand in the streets, sodden personal belongings piled at the curb.

We’ve seen these pictures before, mostly after hurricanes that have made landfall in Florida and North Carolina. This time, though, the background is all wrong. This time, the destruction is here at the Jersey Shore.

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Community Center supporters celebrate success in Longport

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Written by Cathy Finnegan Sunday, October 28, 2012 12:00 am

Community Center Association gala committee members Ken Cooper, Laurie Howey, Karen Pratz, Drew Fasy, Cricket Frank, Pam Horn and Fred Marcell take a break for a picture. Community Center Association gala committee members Ken Cooper, Laurie Howey, Karen Pratz, Drew Fasy, Cricket Frank, Pam Horn and Fred Marcell take a break for a picture.

The Ocean City Community Center Association held an End of Summer Gala recently at Café Luciano. Board members Laurie Howie, Karen Pratz, Cricket Frank and Fred Marcell welcomed guests and made sure they purchased lots of 50/50 raffle tickets while Ken Cooper, sporting his shorts, circulated around the room chatting with everyone.

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The power of one

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Written by Cindy Nevitt Friday, October 26, 2012 12:00 am

The administration has been taking a beating lately from the residents of Merion Park.

On Oct. 23, six people from Merion Park – specifically, residents of Bartram, Oxford, Victoria and Westminster lanes and Argyle Place – opened the public comment portion of that night’s City Council meeting with one story after another regarding the ongoing, worsening issue of flooding in the neighborhood.  

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