Gov. Chris "Doughboy" Christie vs.
Margate's mascot "LUCY the Elephant"
It's turning into quite a week for Margate. Yesterday, the State of NJ offered Margate $29,000 for the rights to build a city wide beach Project on it's beaches. This offer comes 3 yrs. after Margate has held two elections to decide on whether it should join the Project. In both elections the voters essentially decided they didn't want to join. Nevertheless, the State of NJ insists and is now preparing to file condemnation in attempt to take what Margate refuses to hand over voluntarily. On top of this, the State also has to make offers to the nine private property owners that must also be given some kind of compensation for their property rights involving sections of the beach in Margate. Maybe this explains why the Gov. was public-ally calling Margate a town of selfish ingrates the other day on Nat'l TV and radio? The use of the word selfish to describe a group of taxpayers turning down a $20 mil. offer to build a Fed. project is kind of odd under the circumstances. I'd use the words prudent , self reliant even thoughtfully respectful. Imagine, if every other city and town in America acted this way. Maybe, the Federal Gov't wouldn't be buried Trillions of $$ in debt.
NEXT STATE COURT
So what lies ahead for Margate and the State? It appears the next stop for this multi-year drama is NJ State Court, where Margate has to make it's case that we don't need to be part of the Federal and State Beach Project. After that will be the court cases involving the nine "private" riparian beach claims that also need to be taken. This isn't over to as they say in this case the Fat man sings. ( not shouts and bullies).