A MARGATE BOARDWALK COMMITTEE UPDATE:

It is our understanding that the City of Margate is going to alter the wording of the proposed Boardwalk Referendum Resolution and this new wording will be read onto the record as a Resolution to be placed on the Nov. ballot on Aug. 6th. We will publish the new wording here as soon as we get it.

MARGATE BOARDWALK CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE OBJECTS !!

Margate Boardwalk Committee Updater:

On Thurs. July 16th Stefanie Bloch appeared representing the Margate Boardwalk Campaign Committee and presented a statement in writing to the City of Margate stating the Committee’s objections to the proposed Resolution wording the City had produced and was ready to read that day . Had they done this the Resolution would have been placed on the Nov. ballot that afternoon. It didn’t happen. Subsequently , the Committee spoke with a member of the Commission and arranged to discuss the wording in preparation of the Aug. 6th City Commission Meeting. At this meeting hopefully new wording acceptable to the Committee and the Commission will be placed on the ballot.

Referendum on Rebuilding the Margate Boardwalk

June 20, 2020 / By Margate Buzz

margate boardwalk glenn klotz

Should Commissioners consider rebuilding the Margate Boardwalk? That’s the question being asked of voters in the upcoming November election.

The referendum question, if approved by voters, would provide critical guidance. Should we explore feasibility of rebuilding the Margate Boardwalk?

LISTEN to Solicitor Abbott discuss referendum for rebuilding Margate Boardwalk. June 16, 2020.Margate Boardwalk Referendum 6.16.20

We just want to gauge the sentiment of voters.

Glenn Klotz, Margate Boardwalk Committee.

Klotz formed the Margate Boardwalk Committee to address issues brought about by 14 ft dunes and beach sewer pipe installations over the past 3 years.  

Should Margate investigate feasibility of re-building the once popular boardwalk?

Even if voters approve the referendum, the city isn’t bound to take action and re-build the boardwalk. It’s purely for getting feedback from the community. After the vote, we will either drop it…or will move to the next step. It’s a long process that no one should take lightly.

Background: Recently built dunes had negative affect on those traversing the beach. While dunes and beach sewer pipes certainly degraded pristine views, it also made access to the beach and ocean much more difficult.

A rebuilt Margate boardwalk would address serious concerns from seniors and those with walking challenges. Public safety would be improved as well. Especially for beachfront homeowners, says Klotz.

See: “A Margate Boardwalk for the 21st Century.”

Potential Referendum Question:

The Margate Boardwalk Committee wants the following to be included on the non-binding referendum.

RESOLUTION No. 1 of 2020 ver. 3

REGARDING MARGATE CITY BUILDING A NON-COMMERCIAL BOARDWALK UPON IT’S PUBLIC BEACH EXTENDING FROM THE EXISTING BOARDWALK AT FREDERICKSBURG AVE. IN VENTNOR CITY TO COOLIDGE AVE. ON LONGPORT’S BORDER FOR VOTER APPROVAL ON THE NOVEMBER 3, 2020

GENERAL ELECTION BALLOT

WHEREAS, The City of Margate City Board of Commissioners desires to ascertain the sentiment of the voters of the City of Margate City (hereinafter “Margate”) with regard to Margate building a new non-commercial Boardwalk on its public beach extending from the existing boardwalk at Fredericksburg Ave. in Ventnor City on the border with Ventnor to Coolidge Ave. in Margate on the border with Longport.

WHEREAS, The Intent of this ballot question is for the voters of Margate to express their sentiment and give direction to the Margate Board of Commissioners regarding Margate building such a boardwalk;

And WHEREAS, this ballot question and the determination by the voters shall be advisory in nature and non-binding on the Margate Board of Commissioners.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the City of Margate City Board of Commissioners hereby requests that the Atlantic County Clerk place the following question on the November 3, 2020 General Election Ballot:

“Shall the City of Margate City investigate and determine the feasibility and costs of building a non-commercial Boardwalk upon Margate City’s public beach extending from and connected to the end of the existing boardwalk at Fredericksburg Ave. in Ventnor on the border with Ventnor to Coolidge ave. In Margate City on the border with Longport.”

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the following interpretive statement concerning the above question to be place on the November 3, 2020 General Election Ballot for the City of Margate City:

“This question if approved by the voters, will give direction to the City of Margate Board of Commissioners to further investigate and determine the feasibility and costs of Margate constructing such a boardwalk as described in the ballot question above.”

This Resolution shall take effect immediately upon adoption and shall be transmitted forthwith to the Atlantic County Clerk’s Office.

THE MARGATE BOARDWALK COMMITTEE SUBMITS A POSSIBLE REFERENDUM RESOLUTION TO MARGATE CITY

Yesterday, June 16th The Campaign Committee of the Margate Boardwalk Committee presented the City Commission and the City Administration of the City of Margate a possible Referendum Resolution for placement on the Nov. 3rd General election ballot. This was done because we believed as the leading public proponents of the idea it was the responsible thing to do. The Resolution is necessary by State law to place a Referendum question on the ballot. We believe the wording we have developed for that ballot question is both accurate and fair. Of course, the City doesn’t have to use any of it but we still felt it was necessary and appropriate for us to develop it and present it . The actual Resolution handed in is printed below.

RESOLUTION No. 1 of 2020

REGARDING MARGATE CITY BUILDING A NON-COMMERCIAL

BOARDWALK UPON IT’S PUBLIC BEACH EXTENDING FROM THE EXISTING BOARDWALK AT FREDERICKSBURG AVE. IN VENTNOR CITY TO COOLIDGE AVE. ON LONGPORT’S BORDER FOR VOTER APPROVAL ON THE NOVEMBER 3, 2020

GENERAL ELECTION BALLOT

WHEREAS, The City of Margate City Board of Commissioners desires to ascertain the sentiment of the voters of the City of Margate City ( hereinafter “Margate”) with regard to Margate building a new non-commercial Boardwalk on its public beach extending from the existing boardwalk at Fredericksburg Ave. inVentnor City (on the border with Ventnor) to Coolidge Ave. in Margate (on the border with Longport).

WHEREAS, The Intent of this ballot question is for the voters of Margate to express their sentiment and give direction to the Margate Board of Commissioners regarding Margate building such a boardwalk; and

WHEREAS, this ballot question and the determination by the voters shall be advisory in nature and non-binding on the Margate Board of Commissioners.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the City of Margate City Board of Commissioners hereby requests that the Atlantic County Clerk place the following question on the November 3, 2020 General Election Ballot:

“Shall the City of Margate City investigate and determine the feasibility and costs of building a non-commercial Boardwalk upon Margate City’s public beach extending from and connected to the end of the existing boardwalk at Fredericksburg Ave. in Ventnor (on the border with Ventnor) to Coolidge ave. In Margate City (on the border with Longport).”

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the following interpretive statement concerning the above question to be place on the November 3, 2020 General Election Ballot for the City of Margate City:

“ This question if approved by the voters, will give direction to the City of Margate Board of Commissioners to further investigate and determine the feasibility and costs of Margate constructing  such a boardwalk as described in the ballot question above.”

This Resolution shall take effect immediately upon adoption and shall be transmitted forthwith to the Atlantic County Clerk’s Office.

Date:

I, Johanna Casey, Municipal Clerk for the City of Margate City, County of Atlantic, State of New Jersey. Do hereby certify that the foregoing Resolution was duly adopted at a regular meeting of the City of Margate City Board of Commissioners held this ____ day of _______, 2020

And in witness thereof I have hereunder set my hand and official seal on the date of _________________

                                                                       ______________________________

                                                                                  Johanna Casey, City Clerk

COVID – 19 Closes down the economy locally as all the Casinos and schools close for the duration.

Unfortunately, this website has been offline for almost a month and has missed the momentous events rocking the entire planet. In the last few weeks and days the spreading CV-19 Pandemic has crashed the stock market and closed down large parts of the economy of the US. and other countries, as selective shutdowns and quarantines are put into effect to try and slow the spread of this terrible deadly disease. AC and environs being a Casino town has been particularly hard hit as the 11 Casinos that supply the bulk of the local economies jobs have been ordered by the State to shutter their doors as of 10 days ago. The cascading effect on all the rest of the population and the local businesses has been nothing short of catastrophic. So far only 14 people have tested positive in Atlantic County with CV-19 but we can surmise many others have the disease but are not showing any symptoms. The State of NJ has been put into a lock-down by the Governor since last week. How long this will go on is on everyone’s minds?

MARGATE COMMISSION PLACES BOARDWALK QUESTION ON NOV. BALLOT!!

THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 2020·

The Margate Boardwalk Committee would like to thank the Margate City Commissioners for listening to the people of Margate ( the over 614 of them ) that signed our petition last summer asking for a referendum on this issue . Recently, we have also been collecting signatures on a 2nd petition to place an Initiative / ordinance on the books in Margate asking for that referendum. That request has now thankfully been answered and this question will now be placed on the Nov. ballot, as a non-binding referendum that will direct the Commissioners on this question in the future. From the start of this process, almost two years ago, we’ve always believed this question warranted a referendum and we also still believe that the non-voting taxpayers deserve a poll on this issue as well. Whether the Commission decides to do that will be up to them. First, however the law of the State of NJ mandates that the voters have to be asked and that will now happen. From our point of view, we are now one step closer to a Boardwalk returning to Margate on the beach. It’s up to the voters in Margate now to take it to the next step. Ultimately, the State of NJ will also be brought into the process through the offices of the NJDEP. We never said it was going to be easy, but allowing the voters to say where they stand on this issue is a good place to start.

THE MARGATE BOARDWALK COMMITTEE RESPONDS TO THE MARGATE CITY ADMIN. REPORT OF 10-19-2019.

Margate-Boardwalk-Committee-Response-to-Margate-City-Administrative-Staff-Report-of-10.19.19

Today at the scheduled Margate Commission meeting, Stefanie Bloch, a member of the Margate Boardwalk Committee presented the Commissioners the Committee’s response to the City Administration’s Oct. 19th 2019 critique of our Report “A Margate Boardwalk for the 21st Century”, which we presented the Commission in Aug. of 2019 at another Commission meeting. That response is presented above.

THE MARGATE BW COMMITTEE APPEARS AT THE MHA MEETING – 2-15-2020

Glenn Klotz – Director of the Margate Boardwalk Committee

The entire Margate Boardwalk Committee appeared at the mid-winter meeting of the Margate Homeowners Association this past Sat. 2-15 -2020. The Committee was there to update the MHA on its activities of the past two years and to gather signatures on a new Petition it had developed for Margate Voters to sign. It also did a Q & A at the end of its presentation. The Petition is to get a referendum on the ballot this year asking voters whether or not they are in favor of building a new BW on the beach in Margate. The Committee members answered a variety of interesting questions from the audience. We were very successful collecting signatures from many of those in attendance that were locally registered voters.

THE INITIATIVE WORDING

Initiative / Ordinance No. __ 2020

REGARDING CITY OF MARGATE CITY’S PARTICIPATION IN THE CONSTRUCTION OF A CITYWIDE NON-COMMERICAL BOARDWALK UPON IT’S PUBLIC BEACHES BEGINNING FROM VENTNOR CITY N. J’s PUBLIC BOARDWALK AT FREDRICKSBURG AVE.  AND EXTENDING SOUTH TO COOLIDGE AVE. ON THE BORDER WITH LONGPORT, NJ

WHEREAS, The Committee of the Petitioners, Kenneth Davidson (8015 Monmouth Avenue, Margate City, N.J. 08402), Gregg Lichtenstein (411 N. Exeter Avenue, Margate City, N.J. 08402), Lori Klotz (118N. Barclay Ave. Margate City, N.J. 08402), Robert Bloch (4N. Brunswick Ave. Margate City, N.J. 08402), and David Grossman (308N. Jerome Ave., Margate City, 08402) desire to place an Initiative / Ordinance upon the books and public records of Margate City, N.J. as a means  of ascertaining the sentiment of the voters of Margate City regarding constructing a citywide, non-commercial boardwalk upon Margate City’s public beaches which boardwalk would attach to the Ventnor City boardwalk at Fredericksburg Avenue in Ventnor City, N.J. and extend southward to Coolidge Avenue at Margate City’s border with Longport, N.J. utilizing public funds, bonds, grants and or private endowments for such a boardwalk construction; and

WHEREAS, the intent of this Initiative / Ordinance is to place the question of whether or not to construct a citywide, non-commercial boardwalk, as specifically set forth herein, on a ballot in a NON – BINDING REFERENDUM to determine the sentiment and desire of the voters of Margate City, N.J. regarding such a project, thus giving the City Board of Commissioners direction on this issue; and

WHEREAS, this ballot question and the determination of the voters shall be advisory in nature and non-binding on the Margate Board of Commissioners.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the City of Margate City Board of Commissioners hereby requests that the Atlantic County Clerk place the following question on the Nov. 3, 2020 General Election Ballot:

 “Shall the City of Margate City construct a City-wide non-commercial Boardwalk upon its public beach extending from the Ventnor Boardwalk at Fredericksburg Ave. to Coolidge Ave.  on Longport N.J.’s border, utilizing public funds, bonds, grants, and or private endowments for this purpose.”

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the following interpretive statement concerning the above question be placed on the Nov. 3, 2020 General Election Ballot for the City of Margate City:

 “This question if approved by the Voters will provide advice (not authorization)  to the City of Margate Board of Commissioners to construct a non-commercial City-wide Boardwalk upon its public beach extending from the end of Ventnor City’s public Boardwalk at Fredericksburg Ave. to Coolidge Ave. at Longport, NJ’s border. “