June 17, 2016 |
Margate is throwing in the beach towel and ending its long and expensive challenge to New Jersey's dune project. City officials confirmed Wednesday that they would not appeal a judge's April ruling that the state may seize municipal and private properties to create protective sand dunes along the beachfront. "On the advice of a lot of people, the [city] commissioners agreed unanimously that the risk/reward was not there in respect to taking it any further," said Richard Deaney, Margate's business manager.
April 24, 2016
Miller's Valley By Anna Quindlen Random House. 257 pp. $28 Reviewed by Kim Ode W hen society's volume seems cranked to 11, there's something to be said about a quiet book. Understated almost to a fault, Anna Quindlen's eighth novel pulls together themes of rural life, Vietnam, mental illness, eminent domain, abortion, and ambition in prose that never shouts yet still explores a family's depths. We meet Mimi Miller as a child growing up in Miller Valley, the family history flowing across the land as surely as the ever-flooding creek.
April 13, 2016 |
In the contentious battle over Gov. Christie's desire to build dunes along the entire coast of New Jersey, a judge in Atlantic County ruled Monday that the state may seize 87 municipally owned parcels in Margate needed to restart a $40 million shore protection project. Superior Court Judge Julio Mendez said the state's use of eminent domain was "not arbitrary and capricious" or an abuse of the state's power. In the 65-page ruling, Mendez wrote that the Army Corps of Engineers' plan had been developed over six years, involved numerous experts working thousands of hours, and was adopted by Congress.
March 15, 2016
ISSUE | ENVIRONMENT Gas from fracking is not the answer Finally, the subject of fracking for natural gas made it into a presidential debate. During the Democratic debate on March 6, Hillary Clinton emphasized her stance on fracking as viable, on the conditions that methane pollution is addressed and our water is kept free from contamination ("Sanders, Clinton crank up the heat," Monday). What Clinton failed to address was the specter of saddling my generation and generations to come with a future tied to fossil fuels.
February 12, 2016 |
A Philadelphia judge has ruled that an environmental advocacy group and Delaware County landowners can proceed with legal action to try to stop Sunoco Pipeline from using eminent domain for its latest project. "This is a great victory for Pennsylvania residents and landowners," Joseph Otis Minott, executive director and chief counsel of the Clean Air Council, said in a statement Wednesday. Sunoco is expected to appeal the ruling to Superior Court. Common Pleas Court Judge Linda Carpenter ruled last week that the Clean Air Council and a Delaware County couple could pursue their lawsuit against Sunoco.
January 23, 2016 |
Montgomery County moved forward Thursday with its approximately $250 million Norristown expansion plan, approving use of eminent domain to acquire a building housing a bank and offices. Meeting in Norristown, the Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to force the owner of 43 E. Main St. to sell. Officials said this would be the only property subject to eminent domain. The targeted parcel is tucked in the corner of the courthouse footprint and currently is leased to a Wells Fargo branch and a few office tenants.
December 15, 2015 |
Leveling a city block in downtown Camden to build a "health sciences" campus, the Rowan University/Rutgers-Camden Board of Governors has begun flexing its muscle, making clear the scope of its mission and powers. Less than two years since its creation, the board also has funded diabetes research and steered federal grant money to training and jobs program. The most tangible evidence is the demolition work on the block diagonally across from the Walter Rand Transportation Center - a block that the joint board has nearly finished acquiring, in part using eminent domain.
December 11, 2015 |
EDITOR'S NOTE: The Daily News reported Dec. 10 that businessman Kelvin Polanco and his mother had paid $110,000 for a building on Oxford Street at 24th in North Philadelphia. City records available online show that Polanco purchased the property for $18,000 on Jan. 10, 2012. Polanco maintains that the $18,000 was a final payment out of $110,000 he paid in cash over several years. However, in a sworn affidavit filed with the recorder of deeds, Polanco twice certified that the full purchase price of the property was $18,000.
October 11, 2015 |
MARGATE, N.J. - They've been criticized by Gov. Christie as "amongst the most selfish people in the state of New Jersey" because they oppose man-made dunes in their city. And on Thursday, the governor took legal action, filing for eminent domain for beachfront easements. On Friday, residents of Margate pushed back. In interviews, beachfront property owners and their neighbors said the governor doesn't understand the issue. A defense against storms already exists, they stressed - a bulkhead along the beach that has guarded them through many a storm.
October 10, 2015 |
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.