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    File photo by Jen Marra.WILDWOOD—Vacationers in Wildwood may not have to leave their dogs at home this summer, as the Board of Commissioners introduced an ordinance Wednesday night that opens part of the beach to dogs. 

    Under the city’s current code, dogs are allowed on the beach and boardwalk in the off-season, but are restricted from May 15 to Oct. 2. With the amendments introduced Wednesday, dogs could have year-round access at beaches near the north end of town at Poplar Avenue.

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    WILDWOOD—Commissioners in Wildwood rescinded a controversial resolution that significantly raised the fees to hold events on the city’s beach with a 2-1 vote at their regular meeting Wednesday. 

    The move comes after Will Morey, president of Morey’s Piers, threatened to move Beach Blast Soccer and Beach Jam to Wildwood Crest and North Wildwood beaches if the new fee structure remained.

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    WILDWOOD CREST—Lt. Joseph McGrath has been tapped to head the Wildwood Crest Police Department, Mayor Carl Groon confirmed Wednesday.

    Captain David Mayer, the former officer in charge of the Wildwood Crest Police Department, allegedly announced his retirement this week.

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    Photo by Jodee Clifford/ Demolition of the former Masonic Lodge had begun this week to make way for the new Wildwood Crest branch of the Cape May County library. WILDWOOD CREST – Demolition at the former Masonic Lodge on Atlantic Avenue is already underway for the new $5.3 million Wildwood Crest branch of the Cape MayCounty library.

    Cape MayCounty freeholders unanimously voted to award the contract to…

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    Photo courtesy of Morey's Piers.WILDWOOD—To Morey’s Piers, a multimillion-dollar Army Corps of Engineers dune plan in Wildwood is a “gift horse” Wildwood should take advantage of.

    Jack Morey, vice president of Morey’s Piers, said that his company is in full support of the project, which would construct 16-foot dunes from North Wildwood to the Diamond Beach section of Lower Township, as well as a protective beach berm.

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Two more charged in Bloods-connected shootings

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Written by Christie Rotondo Friday, July 19, 2013 04:33 pm

Photos courtesy CMC Sheriff's Office Photos courtesy CMC Sheriff's Office WILDWOOD—Two Wildwood residents have been arrested in connection with the Middle Township shooting July 11, police announced Friday.

Robert “S” Seney, 23, and Isiah “Slugz” McNeal, 28, were charged for their involvement in last week’s shooting in Burleigh. Two Middle Township men were already charged in the shooting, which officials say was connected to a power struggle within the local “Bloods” street gang.

Investigators learned that McNeal was also involved in another shooting at the same residence, which occurred the night before, according to information from the county prosecutor’s office.

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Grand jury indictment in Wildwood kidnapping

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Written by Christie Rotondo Friday, July 19, 2013 01:00 pm

Floribert Nava, 45, was arrested on kidnapping charges in March. Floribert Nava, 45, was arrested on kidnapping charges in March. WILDWOOD—A Cape May County grand jury has indicted a Wildwood woman on a number of charges, including kidnapping, after she allegedly abducted teenager in March.

Officials say she forced the teen to drive the vehicle, but the teen deliberately rammed a police car to get away.

According to the indictment, which was handed up Tuesday, Floribert Nava has been charged with first-degree kidnapping, making terroristic threats, a third-degree crime, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, luring or enticing a child, and carjacking.

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Philly fugitive found in Wildwood

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, July 19, 2013 12:00 pm

WILDWOOD—A wanted Philadelphia man was found in Wildwood Thursday and arrested, police announced.

Eric Flowers was wanted in connection to an armed home invasion and robbery in Philadelphia, police said.

At around 1:30 p.m. Thursday, police saw Flowers leave the Newport Rooming House on the 200 block of Baker Avenue. Police said he was arrested without incident.

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Quotes of the Week> July 18

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, July 18, 2013 03:03 pm

Quotes of the Week

“If I had known that, I’d go and cut that ramp out right now.”
Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano on being unaware that the bike path connector at Cresse Avenue would block some access for vehicles on the beach.

“We have 42 beach blocks in the Crest, we can give two of them to our surf community.”
Bud Johnson, Captain of the Crest’s Beach Patrol, on opening a second surf beach at Aster Road.

“It’s not supposed to be provocative. It’s supposed to be funny and get your attention.”
George Karavangelos, owner of Grab-a-Weiner on the Wildwood boardwalk, defends the name of his hot dog joint.

   

Junior Lifeguards get summer lessons

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Written by Christie Rotondo Thursday, July 18, 2013 12:00 am

Photo by Christie Rotondo/Joseph Perez, 8, runs to the water during a water rescue drill. Photo by Christie Rotondo/Joseph Perez, 8, runs to the water during a water rescue drill. WILDWOOD—This next sentence is going to sound pretty unbelievable: There are rising third-graders at Glenwood Elementary who are really enjoying summer school.

About 12 students who are participating in Glenwood’s summer school program were able to get some lessons in water safety and what it takes to be a lifeguard.

The Junior Lifeguard Program was set up by the Lunch with Lynch Foundation, and has given kids the chance to learn what lifeguards do every day, and how beachgoers can be safe while enjoying the ocean.

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West Wildwood: Apply for everything

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, July 18, 2013 12:00 am

Borough wants owners to seek grants to help bring homes into flood compliance 

WEST WILDWOOD –– Nine months after Hurricane Sandy blew through the borough, local property owners are still contending with elevating their homes.

Borough officials are encouraging owners of both primary and secondary homes to seek financial assistance to help deal with the financial impact of elevating properties.

“For anybody who sustained damage from Sandy, the first thing we suggest they do is file for ICC (Increased Cost of Compliance) funding,” said Christopher Ridings, borough administrator in a prepared statement. “It’s part of every flood insurance policy.”

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Wildwood searches for solution on beach access

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Written by Christie Rotondo Wednesday, July 17, 2013 03:11 pm

Photo by Christie Rotondo/The bike path connector at Cresse Avenue is popular for tourists, but it’s created a hardship for large vehicles trying to get onto Wildwood’s beach. Photo by Christie Rotondo/The bike path connector at Cresse Avenue is popular for tourists, but it’s created a hardship for large vehicles trying to get onto Wildwood’s beach. WILDWOOD—While summer visitors are enjoying the new bike path connector at Cresse Avenue, the installation has caused some tensions between Wildwood and the Crest.

Since the installation, Wildwood has not been able to allow vehicles onto the beach at Cresse Avenue, which used to be a main access point for the municipality.

Instead, the Crest has granted permission for oversized vehicles to enter the beach at Heather Road, however, only municipal and emergency vehicles are allowed to enter there. Smaller vehicles can enter the beach at Schellenger Avenue.

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Crest opens more waves to surfers

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Written by Christie Rotondo Wednesday, July 17, 2013 02:37 pm

Photo by Christie Rotondo/Swimming is not permitted at either of the Crest’s surf beaches. The surf beach at Aster Road is marked by red flags and cones. Photo by Christie Rotondo/ Swimming is not permitted at either of the Crest’s surf beaches. The surf beach at Aster Road is marked by red flags and cones. WILDWOOD CREST—When the waves are crowded, it’s hard for surfers to hang loose.

So, when traffic at Rambler Road got heavy, the local surf community in Wildwood Crest appealed to local officials.

Now, the beach patrol has opened a second surf beach at Aster Road to relieve the congestion.

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