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June 30, 2000 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Stefanie and Marvin Levin of Philadelphia, Florida and Ventnor know it is beachfront homes like theirs that a proposed $52 million sand dune is supposed to protect. They know they are supposed to be more concerned with stemming long-term coastal erosion than with preserving the up-close-and-personal ocean view they have out their front window. They see very clearly how the ocean laps under the boardwalk at high tide, how it is a straight shot up a flat beach to their home.
NEWS
November 3, 2012 | By Frank Kummer, Amy Rosenberg and Kathy Boccella, Breaking News Desk
The Atlantic City Expressway and other Shore routes are experiencing long traffic backups as thousands of people attempt to check properties for damage from Hurricane Sandy. Travel bans were lifted yesterday on the expressway, precipitating a rush onto local roadways. Other roads feeding the Shore are also jammed or closed. Police were reporting incidents of looting in Atlantic City and Ventnor. Gov. Chris Christie ordered the opening of Atlantic City's casinos at about 10 a.m. today.
NEWS
August 26, 2004 | By Kristin E. Holmes INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Robert A. Johnson, 67, of Margate, N.J., and Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., an architect whose design of homes at the Jersey Shore reshaped the landscape, died of colon cancer Aug. 16 at his home in California. Mr. Johnson's Shore designs incorporated the picturesque ocean vistas and abundant natural light. His catalog included condominiums, corporate offices, and work at Atlantic City casinos. He became widely known for single-family residences and a style that evolved from being ultramodern to incorporating Victorian and Cape Cod elements.
NEWS
August 26, 2011
Hurricane Irene is already upsetting the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in the region, especially at the Shore, where mandatory evacuations are under way. Here are some of their stories. As reports come in, they'll be added to this roundup with the latest ones at the top. Caeser's Casino in Atlantic City had been expected to close at noon, but the time came and went with gamblers still at the gaming tables or working the slots. Workers said they now expected the casino to close at 3 p.m. or 5 p.m. or even 8 p.m. as the sunny skies outside gave no hint of the trouble on the way. Craps dealer Al Wright said he was happy to stay.
NEWS
May 30, 2010
Know your Shore facts before heading there this summer. 1. This Shore community was once known as Anglesea. a. Stone Harbor. b. Wildwood Crest. c. Avalon. d. North Wildwood. 2. The Starlight Ballroom on the Wildwood Boardwalk claims a connection to this popular TV show. a. Milton Berle's Texaco Star Theater . b. Dick Clark's American Bandstand . c. Edward R. Murrow's See it Now . d. Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows . 3. Who was the first person to own Absecon Island?
REAL_ESTATE
March 17, 1991 | By William H. Sokolic, Special to The Inquirer
Angelo and Daria Bianco had a wish list when they went house-hunting last year. Because both worked in the casino industry, the Biancos wanted a house in one of the Absecon Island communities: Atlantic City, Ventnor, Margate or Longport. They also wanted a house in a nice, yet affordable, neighborhood. Fat chance. You want affordable, strike out Ventnor, Margate and Longport, right? Right. "Most of the houses we looked at were out of reach financially," Daria Bianco said of the three upscale communities.
NEWS
November 6, 2002 | By Amy S. Rosenberg INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The locals voted for the dunes. In a debate that pitted the year-rounders against the summer people, residents of this beach town just below Atlantic City yesterday voted by nearly a 2-1 ratio to allow the federal government to replenish their beaches and build dunes in front of their boardwalk. The Vote Yes crowd, Save Our Shore, defeated vigorous opposition to the project financed in large part by Philadelphia-area residents with beach houses - who pay property taxes at the Shore but are not eligible to vote there.
NEWS
April 11, 2001 | By Sherry Wolkoff
Spring in the Philadelphia area means that many residents soon will be packing up the car to head "down the Shore. " How our winter-weary bodies yearn for the beach, the boardwalk, those ocean breezes . . . If your vacation spot at the Shore happens to be on Absecon Island, however, your experience may soon be forever altered. There's a project in the works that most people who live in Philadelphia or its environs don't even know about. If the Army Corps of Engineers gets its way, an unbroken 7-foot-or-higher sand dune will soon block views of the ocean, requiring us to climb over this awkward mountain to gain access to our beaches.
NEWS
October 10, 2015 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
MARGATE, N.J. - A week after calling this well-heeled beach town "selfish" for refusing to give up land needed for the state's dune project, Gov. Christie on Thursday moved to give Margate no choice. The state said it had filed an eminent domain action against the City of Margate to gain access to city-owned beachfront easements needed for the project. The city's opposition has caused the Army Corps of Engineers to abort plans for dunes for Ventnor, Margate, and Longport. Prior to the filing, the state had offered Margate $29,000 for nine beachfront easements, based on an appraisal, the city said.
NEWS
February 7, 2007 | By Troy Graham INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Vincent J. Fumo wasn't the only out-of-state homeowner who didn't want a sand dune blocking the ocean view from his house in Margate, N.J. So, the powerful Pennsylvania state senator joined a grassroots effort to stop the federal government from replenishing the beach. The problem, prosecutors say, was that Fumo used Pennsylvania money and resources to wage a personal battle - in New Jersey, no less. Fumo's Philadelphia-based charity, Citizens' Alliance for Better Neighborhoods, which was supposed to be dedicated to helping neighborhoods in his district, eventually spent more than $60,000 to oppose the Shore project 60 miles away, according to a federal indictment released yesterday.
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October 10, 2015 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
MARGATE, N.J. - A week after calling this well-heeled beach town "selfish" for refusing to give up land needed for the state's dune project, Gov. Christie on Thursday moved to give Margate no choice. The state said it had filed an eminent domain action against the City of Margate to gain access to city-owned beachfront easements needed for the project. The city's opposition has caused the Army Corps of Engineers to abort plans for dunes for Ventnor, Margate, and Longport. Prior to the filing, the state had offered Margate $29,000 for nine beachfront easements, based on an appraisal, the city said.
NEWS
November 3, 2012 | By Frank Kummer, Amy Rosenberg and Kathy Boccella, Breaking News Desk
The Atlantic City Expressway and other Shore routes are experiencing long traffic backups as thousands of people attempt to check properties for damage from Hurricane Sandy. Travel bans were lifted yesterday on the expressway, precipitating a rush onto local roadways. Other roads feeding the Shore are also jammed or closed. Police were reporting incidents of looting in Atlantic City and Ventnor. Gov. Chris Christie ordered the opening of Atlantic City's casinos at about 10 a.m. today.
NEWS
August 26, 2011
Hurricane Irene is already upsetting the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in the region, especially at the Shore, where mandatory evacuations are under way. Here are some of their stories. As reports come in, they'll be added to this roundup with the latest ones at the top. Caeser's Casino in Atlantic City had been expected to close at noon, but the time came and went with gamblers still at the gaming tables or working the slots. Workers said they now expected the casino to close at 3 p.m. or 5 p.m. or even 8 p.m. as the sunny skies outside gave no hint of the trouble on the way. Craps dealer Al Wright said he was happy to stay.
NEWS
May 20, 2011 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - Everybody knows that when you travel, the best way to find a good restaurant, the perfect way to spend a not-so-sunny day or get a birds'-eye view is to ask a local - chances are they will offer ideas on where to find the hidden gems of the place they call home. So, even if you come to the Jersey Shore every summer and you think you know it pretty well, trust the people who live here to let you in on a few insider secrets that will take you off the beaten path and into the subtle nuances of a seaside place they weather year-round.
NEWS
May 30, 2010
Know your Shore facts before heading there this summer. 1. This Shore community was once known as Anglesea. a. Stone Harbor. b. Wildwood Crest. c. Avalon. d. North Wildwood. 2. The Starlight Ballroom on the Wildwood Boardwalk claims a connection to this popular TV show. a. Milton Berle's Texaco Star Theater . b. Dick Clark's American Bandstand . c. Edward R. Murrow's See it Now . d. Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows . 3. Who was the first person to own Absecon Island?
NEWS
February 7, 2007 | By Troy Graham INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Vincent J. Fumo wasn't the only out-of-state homeowner who didn't want a sand dune blocking the ocean view from his house in Margate, N.J. So, the powerful Pennsylvania state senator joined a grassroots effort to stop the federal government from replenishing the beach. The problem, prosecutors say, was that Fumo used Pennsylvania money and resources to wage a personal battle - in New Jersey, no less. Fumo's Philadelphia-based charity, Citizens' Alliance for Better Neighborhoods, which was supposed to be dedicated to helping neighborhoods in his district, eventually spent more than $60,000 to oppose the Shore project 60 miles away, according to a federal indictment released yesterday.
NEWS
September 22, 2006
Day-trippers, take pride in your shoobie-dom After reading the commentaries by Keith Forrest on becoming a "shoobie" and by Mary F. Oves on Shore tourists (Aug. 30), I cannot hold back my reaction. Like Forrest, I was a year-round resident of a South Jersey Shore town during my teens. After I had graduated from Atlantic City High School, my parents chose to move to Vineland. When I returned for summer holidays to the Shore, I never felt like a shoobie, or day-tripper.
NEWS
August 26, 2004 | By Kristin E. Holmes INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Robert A. Johnson, 67, of Margate, N.J., and Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., an architect whose design of homes at the Jersey Shore reshaped the landscape, died of colon cancer Aug. 16 at his home in California. Mr. Johnson's Shore designs incorporated the picturesque ocean vistas and abundant natural light. His catalog included condominiums, corporate offices, and work at Atlantic City casinos. He became widely known for single-family residences and a style that evolved from being ultramodern to incorporating Victorian and Cape Cod elements.
NEWS
May 16, 2004 | By Amy S. Rosenberg INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Helene and Alvin Shipon were in shock, suddenly claustrophobic in the least likely of places - just steps from the tranquil expanse of the Atlantic Ocean. They were on the Boardwalk, the place they always relied on for soothing vistas and breezes, a place that now looks out onto a rather jarring sand dune that - at least in some stretches - completely blocks their view of the Atlantic Ocean. The Shipons, back at home in Yardley, are still freaked. Helene: "I was crying when we walked up to the Trop, which we've done thousands of times.
NEWS
January 23, 2003 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In a battle of the elements, it has been one skirmish after another between Mother Nature and the Jersey Shore this winter. Constant pummeling by nor'easters and other storms is chewing up beaches and protective sand dunes at an alarming rate, officials and residents in beach towns say. And because tourism is a $10 billion-a-year industry here and the state annually spends at least $25 million to shore up its beaches, the toll on the sand...
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