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April 13, 2016 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
January 7, 2012
An early morning house fire Saturday in Margate killed Ralph Spinosi, 75, and his wife, Jessica, 68, according to Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel. The blaze at 316 N. Thurlow Ave. was reported at 1:50 a.m. and destroyed the first floor. Spinosi and his wife were found on the third floor, Housel said. The owner of the home, Donna Saber, 44, was there at the time but managed to escape, the prosecutor said. The cause of the fire was not immediately known. - Dianna Marder
REAL_ESTATE
September 30, 2012 | By Sally Friedman, For The Inquirer
Every morning, Arthur Marion visits the Atlantic Ocean by taking several steps from his Margate bedroom to the sweeping terrace just beyond. As summer shifts into fall, he has a spectacular view of a virtually deserted beach and that roaring sea. After 50-plus years of practicing law in Philadelphia, most recently as counsel to the firm Naulty, Scaricamazza & McDevitt, and an urban life in a high-rise in Society Hill, the Atlantic is wonderful company...
FOOD
July 8, 2016
  Of all the iconic foods one could indulge in at the Shore - hot boardwalk donuts, fresh seafood, pizza, saltwater taffy - corned beef and pastrami probably doesn't make the obvious list. But that's likely because the new Margate branch of Cherry Hill's classic deli, the Kibitz Room, is still only a few weeks old. Neil Parish's Shore place serves up the same quality deli fare that has made the original such a standby, from hearty soups with handmade kreplach stuffed with ground deli meats to the deep-flavored comfort of tender brisket platters, fresh-baked knishes, and, of course, those overstuffed sandwiches.
NEWS
November 1, 2012 | By Amy Rosenberg, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Residents of Longport, Margate, and Brigantine are now being allowed back home after Gov. Christie lifted evacuation orders for those towns. Police are allowing people with proof of home ownership or residency in the towns to return to their homes. But Ventnor and Atlantic City remain restricted: Residents who stayed behind can leave, but those who left the island cannot return. At the Margate Bridge Thursday afternoon, streams of cars were both entering and leaving Margate.
NEWS
June 17, 2016 | By David O'Reilly, Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
November 22, 2015 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - The recalcitrant City of Margate continued its efforts Friday to bollix the state's plans to move ahead with Gov. Christie's touted coastal dune system. Outside counsel for the Department of Environmental Protection asked Superior Court Judge Julio Mendez to approve eminent domain seizure of 87 city-owned lots needed for the project. But outside counsel for Margate argued that the city was at least entitled to an evidentiary hearing on whether the state is abusing its power by building the dunes against Margate's wishes.
NEWS
January 17, 2015 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
January 8, 2012
An early-morning house fire Saturday in Margate killed Ralph Spinosi, 75, and his wife, Jessica, 68, according to Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel. The blaze at 316 N. Thurlow Ave., reported at 1:50 a.m., destroyed the first floor. The Spinosis were found on the third floor, Housel said. The owner of the house, Donna Saber, 44, was there at the time but managed to escape, the prosecutor said. The cause of the fire was not immediately known. - Dianna Marder
NEWS
February 27, 2012 | BY JASON NARK, narkj@phillynews.com
The severed air conditioner saga that landed local attorney Jimmy Binns in the Margate slammer was resolved last week after prosecutors dropped a criminal mischief charge against him. Binns, 72, can sleep in cool, comfortable silence in his Amherst Avenue home in Margate this summer but, not surprisingly, he's going to crank up the legal heat, his attorney said today. "We intend to sue to right this horrible wrong and today intend to give Margate notice of that intent," attorney Stephen Hankin said in a press release.
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NEWS
July 17, 2016 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Staff Writer
MARGATE, N.J. - Lobster, challah, hollah! Ten things I learned at the Margate Community Farmers Market: 1. There's lobster in those waters off Atlantic City. Not only are people freaking out over the Caribbean-blue waters at the Jersey Shore this summer (due to drought conditions resulting in less storm water runoff plus a whole lot of phytoplankton), but there are lobsters! In fact, fisherman Patrick Irwin, 42, says he catches the lobsters that many people are eating in New York City and Philadelphia restaurants 12 miles off Atlantic City's Delta Basin on Maryland Avenue.
FOOD
July 8, 2016
  Of all the iconic foods one could indulge in at the Shore - hot boardwalk donuts, fresh seafood, pizza, saltwater taffy - corned beef and pastrami probably doesn't make the obvious list. But that's likely because the new Margate branch of Cherry Hill's classic deli, the Kibitz Room, is still only a few weeks old. Neil Parish's Shore place serves up the same quality deli fare that has made the original such a standby, from hearty soups with handmade kreplach stuffed with ground deli meats to the deep-flavored comfort of tender brisket platters, fresh-baked knishes, and, of course, those overstuffed sandwiches.
REAL_ESTATE
July 4, 2016 | By Sally Friedman, For The Inquirer
It comes into view in stages - street-side, front-on, poolside, and, just steps away, oceanside: A sprawling, three-story Nantucket-style home with dark-shingled exterior that seems to be planted exactly where it belongs. A kind of ageless, timeless testament to the best of seashore life. "We wanted a happy house," Marcy Dash Friedman says of the beachfront Margate, N.J., dwelling she and husband Brian, a real estate investor, bought in 2002. "I fell in love with the site," explains Marcy Friedman, a Cherry Hill interior designer.
NEWS
June 26, 2016 | By Zoë Miller, For The Inquirer
In name, Margate's Beachstock, happening all day Saturday, recalls a much wilder musical gathering in the late 1960s. Yet the free, family-friendly festival, now going seven years strong, has a kinetic verve all its own. "The neat thing about this event is that it really exposes you to the day-into-night-on-the-beach effect," said Anna Maria Courter, the Margate Business Association's executive director. From athletic activities in the early morning - yoga, volleyball, and paddle-boarding are on the agenda - to a beachside bonfire and film screening ( The Peanuts Movie )
NEWS
June 25, 2016
ISSUE | JERSEY SHORE Ventnor once had dunes An article about Margate's concerns about building a massive sand dune said that the last 10 blocks in Ventnor never had dunes ("Line in the sand," Monday). Actually, the dunes were built, but the ocean waited until the summer people left and then clawed away at the sand, creating a dangerous cliff. The Army Corps of Engineers had misjudged Mother Nature, and the dunes needed to be leveled for safety. Remaining is the buttress to the dunes at Fredericksburg Avenue, the last street in Ventnor.
NEWS
June 21, 2016 | By David O'Reilly, Staff Writer
Margate's effort to bar a massive sand dune from its beaches may be over, but as city officials drove the beach last week the dune project - due to start in the fall - seemed as welcome as sand fleas. "The dunes will create potential problems with drainage," City Commissioner John Amodeo, head of public safety, declared from the backseat of a municipal SUV. His observation won a nod from Public Works Director Frank Ricciotti, who was driving, and a "yup" from city engineer Ed Walberg, who sat in back with Amodeo.
NEWS
June 17, 2016 | By David O'Reilly, Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
June 10, 2016 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, STAFF WRITER
MARGATE, N.J. - At 11:52 a.m., Jym Paris, on a day off from his job impersonating colonial painter James Peale, walked up to a building impersonating a food truck in a beach town whose symbol is a hotel building designed to look like an elephant. The resemblance was uncanny. No, Paris, 71, did not look like the actual Margate Burger & Food Truck building, though his pink shirt and teal vest did coordinate well with the pastel color scheme on the adobe talk-of-Margate building, literally fashioned in the shape of a giant food truck, with wheels, windows, even windshield wipers, carved and painted into a stucco exterior.
NEWS
April 13, 2016 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
February 10, 2016 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Staff Writer
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.
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