• VENTNOR – The Board of Commissioners introduced an ordinance Thursday, Nov. 20 that would offer tax exemptions for certain property owners who make improvements or build anew.

    Officials are hoping a tax incentive would spur new construction that complies with new flood elevation standards and help the city improve its FEMA flood insurance rating, which would equate to discounts for residents on the cost of flood insurance.

  • CAMDEN – A federal court today issued a temporary restraining order to stop the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Army Corps of Engineers shore protection project in Margate.

    The order came after Margate filed a legal suit in U.S. District Court to stop the state and Army Corps from building sand dunes on the city’s beach.

  • TRENTON – Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced Nov. 20 that Ventnor City would receive a $501,000 grant to restore historic City Hall. The building was one of four in Atlantic County selected for Sandy Disaster Relief Grants for Historic Properties to fund the preservation, stabilization, rehabilitation and repair of New Jersey historic structures that were damaged by the storm.

    Other Atlantic County structures awarded grants include Fire Station 3 in Atlantic City, which received $338,289, Fire Station 2 in Atlantic City $205,649 and Gateway Playhouse in Somers Point $102,400.

  • MARGATE – Local firefighters and EMS workers who routinely arrive at drug overdose calls are now carrying the life-saving antidote, naloxone.

    Chief Anthony Tabasso made the announcement at the Nov. 6 Board of Commissioners work session meeting.

  • MARGATE – City Clerk and Tax Collector Tom Hiltner will resign from both positions Jan. 1 and receive $260,000 payable in installments over the next two years as part of a settlement reached in his whistleblower lawsuit against the city.

    Under the agreement, the city will also give Hiltner $12,000 a year for the next eight years for health insurance, and pay $50,000 in attorney fees to Jacobs & Barbone, his attorneys.

  • MARGATE – Despite differences of opinion regarding the dunes issue, the Board of Commissioners Nov. 6 agreed to uphold the wishes of the voters and proceed with an effort to stop the state and Army Corps of Engineers from building sand dunes on the beach.

    Congratulating the advocacy group Margate Citizens Questioning the Beach Project, which lobbied to fight the dunes project, Commissioner Brenda Taube said she would join Commissioner Maury Blumberg and Mayor Michael Becker in support of voters who passed a nonbinding referendum Nov. 4 that asked if they wanted the city to spend up to $200,000 in legal fees to try to stop the NJ Department of Environmental Protection and the Army Corps from proceeding with the project. The unofficial vote count was 1,140 yes, 1,091 no. Provisional ballots are still being counted. Certification by the Atlantic County Clerk is expected Monday afternoon.

  • VENTNOR – The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs has awarded $230,000 in Post-Sandy Planning Assistance grants to help the city become more resilient to storms.

    Mayor Michael Bagnell said the grants will help the city plan for the future after several years of struggling with the aftermath of hurricane Sandy, which flooded the city in October 2012.

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Margate to hold public hearing on balloon release ordinance

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, November 26, 2014 02:41 pm

balloon MARGATE – The Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4 on a proposal scheduled for adoption that would ban the outdoor release of helium balloons.

The ordinance was suggested by members of the city’s green team, Sustainable Margate, as a way to reduce ocean litter and protect marine wildlife.

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Margate Police Blotter Oct. 24 - Nov. 21

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, November 26, 2014 02:35 pm

margate police patch Police blotter information is supplied by local police departments and other law enforcement agencies. All persons named are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

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Ventnor considers tax break for new construction, building improvements

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, November 26, 2014 02:24 pm

VENTNOR – The Board of Commissioners introduced an ordinance Thursday, Nov. 20 that would offer tax exemptions for certain property owners who make improvements or build anew.

Officials are hoping a tax incentive would spur new construction that complies with new flood elevation standards and help the city improve its FEMA flood insurance rating, which would equate to discounts for residents on the cost of flood insurance.

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Ventnor commissioners reschedule workshop meeting

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, November 26, 2014 02:21 pm

VENTNOR – Due to a scheduling conflict with the Ventnor Educational Community Complex, the Board of Commissioners has moved up the date of its Dec. 11 workshop meeting. The meeting has been rescheduled to 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8 in the auditorium at the VECC, 400 N. Lafayette Ave.

   

Court issues temporary restraining order on Margate dunes

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, November 24, 2014 05:26 pm

CAMDEN – A federal court today issued a temporary restraining order to stop the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Army Corps of Engineers shore protection project in Margate.

The order came after Margate filed a legal suit in U.S. District Court to stop the state and Army Corps from building sand dunes on the city’s beach.

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Ventnor joins Margate for bicycle, pedestrian planning

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, November 24, 2014 01:51 pm

VENTNOR – The Board of Commissioners Nov. 20 agreed to join with its neighbor to the south to create safe streets for pedestrians and bicyclists.

The city passed a resolution supporting the NJ Department of Transportation’s offer to provide bicycle and pedestrian safety planning assistance.

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Farmers market offers last minute shopping for Thanksgiving

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, November 24, 2014 01:03 pm

John McDonald and Maria Gatta of Red Room Café in Ventnor City, make homemade pasta at the Margate Community Farmers Market on Sunday, Nov. 23. John McDonald and Maria Gatta of Red Room Café in Ventnor City, make homemade pasta at the Margate Community Farmers Market on Sunday, Nov. 23. MARGATE – The final Community Farmers Market of 2014 was held Sunday, Nov. 23 to offer one last chance to purchase local products and support regional farmers before Thanksgiving.

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Margate City food drive nets truckload of food

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, November 24, 2014 12:59 pm

Margate Supervisor of Public Works Frank Ricciotti and Assistant Superintendent Franz Adler load food donations onto a city truck at Margate City Hall. Margate Supervisor of Public Works Frank Ricciotti and Assistant Superintendent Franz Adler load food donations onto a city truck at Margate City Hall. MARGATE – Residents turned out Thursday, Nov. 20 to donate non-perishable food and turkeys in the city’s first food drive. Members of the Public Works Department parked a city truck on the sidewalk in front of the municipal building on Union Avenue for a few hours to accept donations. By the end of the drive at 6 p.m. the truck was filled with bags of food and frozen turkeys.

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Holiday banners welcome shoppers to Ventnor’s business districts

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, November 24, 2014 12:48 pm

Holiday banners line the Dorset and Wellington Avenue business districts. Holiday banners line the Dorset and Wellington Avenue business districts. VENTNOR – Holiday shopping will be a little more festive this year with the addition of holiday banners erected along the Dorset and Wellington Avenue business districts.

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Family of 9 displaced in Nashville Avenue fire

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Monday, November 24, 2014 12:43 pm

A triplex at 22 S. Nashville Ave. will be torn down because it is not safe following a raging fire on Wednesday, Nov. 19. Nine residents were displaced. A triplex at 22 S. Nashville Ave. will be torn down because it is not safe following a raging fire on Wednesday, Nov. 19. Nine residents were displaced. VENTNOR – A family of nine people were displaced in a raging fire at multi-family residence at 22 S. Nashville Ave., Wednesday evening, Nov. 19. No one was injured in the blaze.

Firefighters received a call of a fire at 6:47 p.m. When firefighters arrived at the general alarm fire, there was heavy fire venting from the first floor window, according the Ventnor Fire Chief John Hazlett. The first floor was entirely consumed with fire, but the occupants were able to escape without injury. No one was in the other two units.

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