• CAMDEN – A federal judge admonished the state Thursday, Jan. 15 for trying to quick-take beachfront property for a Margate beach replenishment project but stopped short of granting the city the preliminary injunction it requested.

    “Why NJDEP failed – and continues to fail – to follow the procedures set forth in the Eminent Domain Act is baffling,” U.S. District Court Judge Renee M. Bumb wrote in her legal opinion in the case brought by the city of Margate and beachfront property owners Morton and Roberta Shiekman against the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

  • VENTNOR – At a press conference on the Boardwalk Wednesday, Jan. 14, the mayors of Ventnor and Longport made it clear that they do not want the state’s pending dune project to be held up.

    Neighboring Margate, which has sued the NJ Department of Environmental Protection and US Army Corps of Engineers in an effort to negotiate an alternative to the Army Corps’ shore protection plan, is the cream in the Downbeach Oreo cookie.

  • PHILDELPHIA – A three-hour meeting Friday morning, Jan. 9 to negotiate alternatives to the state’s plan to build a sand dune in Margate was “unproductive,” according Margate Business Administrator Richard Deaney.

    Deaney said about 15 staffers from the Army Corps of Engineers, eight representatives of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and four from Margate, including Deaney, Commissioner of Finance Maury Blumberg, environmental engineering consultant Charles J. Rooney of T&M Associates and special counsel Rob Andrews of Dilworth & Paxon met at the Army Corps’ headquarters at the John Wanamaker building in Center City. 

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Margate City Police Blotter Jan. 1-20

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, January 23, 2015 03:30 pm

Margate City Police 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 Police Blotter Jan. 6-21

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, January 23, 2015 02:38 pm

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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Longport Police Blotter Oct. 22 - Dec. 31

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, January 23, 2015 02:36 pm

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

From Oct. 22-Dec. 31 Longport police responded to 22 calls for service, 13 parking complaints and 73 alarm calls, conducted 450 motor vehicle stops, issued 97 summonses and made six arrests, three on charges of driving while intoxicated. There were eight warrant arrests.

Read more: Longport Police Blotter Oct. 22 - Dec. 31

 

Ventnor man convicted of 2006 murder in Atlantic City

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, January 23, 2015 02:32 pm

MAYS LANDING – A Ventnor man was convicted in Atlantic County Superior Court Jan. 22 in the fatal shooting eight years ago of an Atlantic City man, Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced Thursday, Jan. 22

An Atlantic County jury found Laquay Williams, 36, of Ventnor guilty of murder and three weapons possession charges in connection with the 2006 shooting death of Jerrod Moss, 20, whose body was found in an Atlantic City parking lot.

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Attorney’s report exonerates Taube in beach shack advertising clash

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Thursday, January 22, 2015 05:06 pm

MARGATE – A report prepared by an attorney the city hired to investigate what happened with a beach shack advertising program exonerates City Commissioner Brenda Taube, saying she was just doing her job.

The city paid A. Michael Barker of Barker, Gelfand & James $10,000 to investigate the city’s position with regard to potential litigation from one of the advertisers, GiGi Rosenberger of Marketplace Realty.

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Ohio man charged with multiple car burglaries, possession of a weapon

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, January 22, 2015 04:18 pm

Lyndal L. Tabler Lyndal L. Tabler VENTNOR – Police arrested an Ohio man Thursday afternoon and charged him with more than 15 counts of burglary and theft.

According to a press release from Chief Michael Miller, the arrest came after a rash of vehicular burglaries over several nights.

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DEP to host meeting in AC Friday night for billion dollar disaster resilience competition

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, January 22, 2015 11:37 am

TRENTON – The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection will be hosting a public meeting at the Chelsea Heights School, 4101 Filbert Ave. in Atlantic City 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23 to identify future storm vulnerabilities and frame the unmet recovery needs in the Atlantic City  region as part of a billion-dollar National Disaster Resilience Competition.

The Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development recently announced the new competition, with a goal of helping to improve the resiliency of communities that have been struck by natural disasters in recent years. There are 67 eligible applicants across the country for this $1 billion national competition.  The State of New Jersey is one of the eligible applicants for NDRC funding.

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Margate, Ventnor partner to raise awareness about single-use bags

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, January 21, 2015 01:32 pm

Steve and Cookie’s to screen ‘Bag It’ Tuesday, Jan. 27

MARGATE – Sustainable Margate and the Ventnor Green Team, in conjunction with the Surfrider Foundation South Jersey Chapter, will show the award-winning documentary “Bag It” 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. at Steve & Cookie’s by the Bay.

The screening is geared to businesses. Admission is free, and light hors d’oeuvres will served. Drinks can be purchased.

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MBA accepting scholarship applications

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Written by Staff Reports Wednesday, January 21, 2015 01:28 pm

MARGATE – Submissions are being accepted for the Margate Business Association’s Daniel and Maria Walters Scholarship Program. Each year, the program awards two $2,500 college scholarships to high school seniors who have attended Margate schools.

The program has awarded more than $70,000 since its inception in 1999.

Applicants must submit three references who are not relatives, a list of activities and awards and a 300- to 500-word essay on the topic:

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Margate group should be barred from meeting at school, resident says

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Written by Nanette LoBiondo Galloway Wednesday, January 21, 2015 01:04 pm

MARGATE – A local resident wants the Board of Education to rescind the approval it gave for the Margate Concerned Citizens Group to meet at the William H. Ross School, saying the group’s purpose is political.

The school board approved the organization’s facilities use request Oct. 8, allowing it to meet at the school one evening a month until July 20.

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