• According to the plan presented in April, the proposed park would include a 4- to 6-foot deep bowl, ramps, a raised plaza, and other amenities.

    OCEAN CITY — A new skatepark in Ocean City is one step closer to becoming a reality as the Cape May County Board of Freeholders approved $500,000 in Open Space funding toward the project when it met Tuesday, Sept. 9.

    “I’m tickled. I am excited that the county sees as much value in the project as we do. I believe, to date, this is one of the biggest awards they’ve ever given. Their enthusiasm for the project is refreshing,” said Ocean City Councilman Mike DeVlieger.

  • AVALON – Authorities have determined that accidental drowning was the cause of death of Brett Fitzpatrick, whose body was found at the 23rd Street beach in Avalon on New Year’s Day.

    The cause of the drowning is undetermined, said Ken Super, chief of county investigators at the Cape May County Prosecutor's Office. However, a toxicology report “revealed a high level of alcohol in his system, which may have led to an accidental drowning,” he said.

  • Redevelopment may have to wait for stronger recovery, officials say

    MARMORA – The township’s largest commercial zone has seen some substantial development projects in recent years, but many vacant lots and empty storefronts remain.

    In some cases, the two stand side by side.

    Upper Township Committee members said last month that attaining Town Center status from the state seven years ago has helped foster commercial development here. But it will likely take a stronger economic recovery before new businesses replace empty lots and storefronts, they said.

  • Casinos and racetracks throughout New Jersey can now operate sports betting pools without fear of criminal or civil liabilities, according to a press release issued by Gov. Chris Christie.

    The announcement was the result of a statewide directive issued by the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office and a motion filed on behalf of Gov. Chris Christie in U.S. District Court. 

Ocean City Gazette

Duplex debate heats up as neighbors oppose zoning change

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Written by Claire Lowe Friday, August 29, 2014 01:40 pm

Bill Barlow / The former Palermo’s Market at Fourth and Asbury was rezoned by City Council to make way for duplexes on 30-foot lots. Bill Barlow / The former Palermo’s Market at Fourth and Asbury was rezoned by City Council to make way for duplexes on 30-foot lots.

OCEAN CITY — Two-story duplexes on 30-foot lots will now be allowed to be built on the former Palermo’s Market site.

Several neighbors came out to protest the change, but to no avail. Council voted 5-1 to change the zoning on the 220-by-100-foot lot from neighborhood business to R-2-30, which will make way for seven residential duplex lots.

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Neighbors concerned about proof in new bamboo ban

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Written by Claire Lowe Friday, August 29, 2014 11:37 am

 A proposed ban on bamboo in Ocean City moved closer to becoming law Thursday despite concerns from several residents. A proposed ban on bamboo in Ocean City moved closer to becoming law Thursday despite concerns from several residents.

OCEAN CITY — A proposed ban on bamboo in Ocean City moved closer to becoming law Thursday despite concerns from several residents.

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Ocean City Council news in brief, edition of Aug. 28, 2014

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Written by Claire Lowe Friday, August 29, 2014 12:00 am

Ocean City Council news in brief, edition of Aug. 28, 2014 Ocean City Council news in brief, edition of Aug. 28, 2014

OCEAN CITY — The following items were discussed when Ocean City Council met Thursday, Aug. 28 at City Hall.

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Longport students to attend OCHS this fall

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Written by Ann Richardson Thursday, August 28, 2014 12:29 pm

OCEAN CITY — Ten Longport students will be attending Ocean City High School this fall as the Ocean City Board of Education unanimously approved a sending-receiving agreement with the Longport Board of Education on Wednesday, Aug. 27.

The board planned to take action on the agreement at its Aug. 6 meeting, but postponed the vote to discuss the issue in closed session.

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Family treasure hunt

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, August 28, 2014 12:00 am

From left are Jon Zelznick, Kevin Murray, Brandee Murray, Graceemae Murray, Megan Zelznick, Blackbeard, Nolan Biddle, Aleesha Murray, Abigail Nash, Joe Murray, Hannah Zelznick, Luke Murray, Lily Nash, Colleen Zelznick, Kristin Nash, Tim Nash, Colin Murray, Cormic Biddle, Shannon Biddle, Dennis Murray, Jack Murray, Shane Jacobsen, Betty Jo Murray, Mike Murray and Ruth Murray. From left are Jon Zelznick, Kevin Murray, Brandee Murray, Graceemae Murray, Megan Zelznick, Blackbeard, Nolan Biddle, Aleesha Murray, Abigail Nash, Joe Murray, Hannah Zelznick, Luke Murray, Lily Nash, Colleen Zelznick, Kristin Nash, Tim Nash, Colin Murray, Cormic Biddle, Shannon Biddle, Dennis Murray, Jack Murray, Shane Jacobsen, Betty Jo Murray, Mike Murray and Ruth Murray.

The Murray family of Philadelphia, Pa. conducted a “treasure hunt” on the beach at 31st Street for Blackbeard’s treasure. The family located the treasure and skull under the sand at the X.

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‘Swing!’ into the end of summer with Ocean City Theatre Company

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Written by Ann Richardson Wednesday, August 27, 2014 12:00 am

Submitted / The Ocean City Theatre Company and the Ocean City Pops Orchestra present “Swing! The Musical” at the Ocean City Music Pier this weekend. The show features professional singers and dancers and local high school students. Submitted / The Ocean City Theatre Company and the Ocean City Pops Orchestra present “Swing! The Musical” at the Ocean City Music Pier this weekend. The show features professional singers and dancers and local high school students.

OCEAN CITY — The Ocean City Theatre Company will close out its summer shows this weekend with a collaboration with the Ocean City Pops. “Swing! The Musical” combines music and dancing from the jazz era 7:30 p.m. Aug. 31 and Sept. 2 and 5 at the Ocean City Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace.

“It’s really exciting, a true celebration of music and dance,” said Michael Hartman, artistic director for the Ocean City Theatre Company. “It’s high energy, and it’s going to have people dancing in their seats. The show is packaged well and really captures what the swing era was all about.”

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A whale of a time at Gillian's Magical Monday

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Written by Jen Marra Wednesday, August 27, 2014 12:00 am

Jen Marra / Children wearing blue wristbands enjoy a ride on the Moby Dick amusement during an afternoon of unlimited rides Monday, Aug. 25, at Gillian’s Wonderland Pier in Ocean City. The occasion was the final Wonder’s Charitable Magical Monday of the year to benefit Hope for Care – A Cause for Nikki May, which is raising money for an Atlantic County woman battling stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. Jen Marra / Children wearing blue wristbands enjoy a ride on the Moby Dick amusement during an afternoon of unlimited rides Monday, Aug. 25, at Gillian’s Wonderland Pier in Ocean City. The occasion was the final Wonder’s Charitable Magical Monday of the year to benefit Hope for Care – A Cause for Nikki May, which is raising money for an Atlantic County woman battling stage 4 metastatic breast cancer.

OCEAN CITY — Children wearing blue wristbands enjoy a ride on the Moby Dick amusement during an afternoon of unlimited rides Monday, Aug. 25, at Gillian’s Wonderland Pier in Ocean City. The occasion was the final Wonder’s Charitable Magical Monday of the year to benefit Hope for Care – A Cause for Nikki May, which is raising money for an Atlantic County woman battling stage 4 metastatic breast cancer.


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Bike MS comes to Ocean City Sept. 27

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, August 27, 2014 12:00 am

To the editor:

As a cyclist and a member of the City to Shore planning team, I am writing to let local residents know that the 34th annual Bike MS: City to Shore Ride is happening on Saturday, Sept. 27 and Sunday, Sept. 28, and to thank you in advance for your patience and support as 7,000 cyclists pedal into your community. We look forward to celebrating our 34th year finishing the ride in Ocean City.

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Smokers make it unpleasant on the beach

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, August 27, 2014 12:00 am

To the editor:

Last week on the beach, my grandchildren and I had the misfortune of sitting next to a family of smokers. Being downwind of this group only intensified the smell and second hand smoke.  By the way, our beautiful beach became their ashtray. We eventually had to move when the men broke out the cigars. A cigarette can be finished within a few minutes. A cigar lasts much longer.

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Maybe the support isn’t there

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Written by Opinion Wednesday, August 27, 2014 12:00 am

To the editor:

I agree with Irene Lorenzon’s argument published in your Aug. 20 edition that Ocean City would be better off if it had the benefit of input from “a larger, more diverse voting base,” which included second homeowners. Her suggestion to “register one person from each family” is an interesting alternative if Ocean City is determined to “keep it simple” instead of making it fair (unless you accept the premise that taxation without representation is fair).

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Building hope

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, August 26, 2014 05:30 pm

Submitted /Frank Siderio, 18, and Nick Dambrosio, 18, both of West Chester, Pa. built this sandcastle before they completed the ALS ice bucket challenge on Aug. 14 at the Seaspray Road beach in Ocean City. Submitted /Frank Siderio, 18, and Nick Dambrosio, 18, both of West Chester, Pa. built this sandcastle before they completed the ALS ice bucket challenge on Aug. 14 at the Seaspray Road beach in Ocean City.

Frank Siderio, 18, and Nick Dambrosio, 18, both of West Chester, Pa. built this sandcastle before they completed the ALS ice bucket challenge on Aug. 14 at the Seaspray Road beach in Ocean City.

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Beach Road house rebuilt after fire

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Written by Ann Richardson Tuesday, August 26, 2014 05:08 pm

Ann Richardson / The home at 110 Beach Road has been rebuilt after a fire destroyed the previous structure in May 2012, just after the owners completed a large renovation project. Ann Richardson / The home at 110 Beach Road has been rebuilt after a fire destroyed the previous structure in May 2012, just after the owners completed a large renovation project.

OCEAN CITY — More than two years after it was destroyed by a fire on May 20, 2012, the three-story beach cottage at 110 Beach Road has been rebuilt.

Situated on the corner of Morningside Road, the new house, like the one it replaced, was carefully designed to capture the ocean views.

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