February 10, 2016 |
ATLANTIC CITY - As a new-moon high tide Monday pushed flood waters into nearby streets again, a judge listened to final arguments over whether he should allow the state to condemn 87 lots owned by the City of Margate in order to proceed with a Shore-protection dune project. "The state made use of the best technology, the best advice," attorney Stephen Eisdorfer argued before Superior Court Judge Julio Mendez. "It made rational decisions that maximize the benefit and minimize the harm, both to Margate, and to Ventnor and Longport.
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.
January 17, 2015 |
A federal judge decided Thursday that the State of New Jersey cannot - at least immediately - begin construction of protective dunes on Margate's beaches until another court confirms that the state has easement rights. The dispute between the state Department of Environmental Protection and Margate belongs in Superior Court, where a judge can decide, based on eminent domain law, whether state authorities have the right to turn a large portion of Margate's beach into dunes, U.S. District Judge Renee Marie Bumb said in her ruling following a hearing in federal court in Camden.
December 5, 2014 |
It is the beach town that roared. Or at least filed suit. And on Thursday, Gov. Christie's grand plan to build one continuous dune along the entire coast of New Jersey will be challenged in U.S. District Court by the City of Margate, whose voters have stubbornly opposed the dune in two referendums. Last month, Margate's lawyers, including former U.S. Rep. Robert E. Andrews, made good on their threats and sued the state Department of Environmental Protection and the Army Corps of Engineers to try to stop the awarding of a contract for construction on its beaches, which they said was imminent.
October 27, 2014 |
On Point Drive at the tip of Longport, where houses were cracked open two years ago by Hurricane Sandy's waves and wind, their multimillion-dollar vulnerability bared to the sea, all is as it was. The Hankins finished a total rebuild. The Tuchmans debated selling, but decided to do the repairs and keep their summer home after all. Marvin Ashner, who never left, not even during the storm, still answers his door beneath whimsical Blues Brothers statues. "Everybody's back," said Steven Hankin, an Atlantic City lawyer who lives on Point Drive, which overlooks the inlet's washing machine currents.
August 7, 2014 |
LONGPORT, N.J. - Andrew Biddle commandeered powerboats internationally, so his supposed plight in a crash of his pontoon boat in Longport last month was curious to some. "He's going to know those channels really well," Tom Murphy, 42, thought after Biddle's crash. But it took a little more than unsubstantiated suspicions for Murphy to seriously consider that the boat accident he witnessed may have been planned. "There were a lot of rumors going around since he disappeared, but I thought it was probably all nonsense," said Murphy, a Villanova, Pa., resident who was at his Shore home on Atlantic Avenue at the time of the July 20 incident and went into the water to assist immediately after.
August 4, 2014 |
LONGPORT, N.J. - Authorities are suggesting that a champion powerboat racer, declared missing following a crash of his pontoon boat late last month, may have staged the accident to evade theft charges. Egg Harbor Township police said Friday that a report that Andrew Biddle had planned the incident to "avoid prosecution" is a scenario that "must be considered. " That announcement followed a story by the Atlantic City Press citing a police flier, apparently not intended to go public, that reportedly stated: "It is believed Biddle is alive and well and on the run. " Township police, in a statement, said the correspondence was "intended for law enforcement purposes only.
August 3, 2014 |
IT SOUNDS LIKE a screenplay: Noted powerboat racer fakes his death in a watery wreck to avoid the cops closing in on his trail. But, according to Egg Harbor Township police, there's a chance that's exactly what happened to Andrew Biddle. Investigators are now considering the possibility that Biddle, 45, staged a boating accident to avoid prosecution on theft charges, Detective Captain Christopher Ruef said. Biddle has been missing since July 20, when a boat he was allegedly riding in crashed after striking a buoy in the waters off Longport's southern shore.
July 22, 2014 |
LONGPORT, N.J. - The Coast Guard suspended its search Monday evening for a champion powerboat racer who disappeared late Sunday when his pontoon boat apparently hit a buoy and then slammed into a jetty at the southern tip of Longport. Officials identified the missing boater as Andrew Biddle, 44, of Egg Harbor Township, who was returning from dinner at a waterfront restaurant across the bay in Somers Point. A passenger was able to swim to shore. Biddle is a two-time national powerboat champion.
May 12, 2014 |
WILDWOOD Competing for tourist dollars is rough. So this summer, Wildwood is going to give dogs their day – at the beach – with the first official oceanfront area along the southern coast of the Jersey Shore designated for canines and their owners. In the off-season, from the beginning of October until the middle of May, dogs usually have free reign on many New Jersey beaches. But come peak summer season, Fido isn't usually welcome on the strands. There are only a few offshore dog parks in Atlantic and Cape May Counties and a small undesignated "dog beach" in a no-man's-land area of bayfront in Egg Harbor Township between Ocean City and Longport.