Friday, July 03, 2015
Monday, June 29, 2015
Saturday, June 20, 2015
Pics of the present hi rises along Margate NJ's beachfront.
Some bad ideas just don't want to die as evidenced by the endless fight over the Absecon Island Shore Protection Racket. Unfortunately, another bad idea in Margate that doesn't want to stay buried is the one that allows for the lifting of the ban on hi rise buildings, specifically in the present case a rezoning and waiver for Louis Ventura owner of the beachfront Greenhouse restaurant . Let me be clear on this one. It's a bad idea and its not one that the present Commission was elected to see thru to fruition. If the Commission wants to change the law or regulations in Margate as they pertain to the present 35 ft. height restriction for buildings they should put it to the voters in Margate as a referendum. They should not treat this request as merely one property owner asking for a building code waiver. Raising the height restriction which has been in place since the early 1970s would change the entire character of the town. The citizens of Margate should be the ones deciding this issue not just the Commissioners or the Zoning board.
I'll Be Part of any Group that Fights this:
I for one will help any individual or group that wants to stop this ill begotten idea. I do not want to see Margate become just another coastal town buried behind a wall of hi rise condos along the beach and the bay. ( like Ocean City, Md. , Virginia beach, Va, Daytona Beach, Fla or Ventnor and AC) The height restriction code / law was meant to keep Margate from such a fate. The three existing hi rises are more then enough, in fact there too much if you ask me.
Saturday, June 06, 2015
Thursday, June 04, 2015
For many of us that grew up in the AC area the name REESE PALLEY summons up one of the area's most dynamic and enigmatic characters. Born in AC, Reese was known as a genius at marketing and made his millions doing it better then anyone in AC even in the middle of it's terminal decline in the 1970's. Unfortunately, just when the community most needed him at the beginning of the new Casino era in the late 70's Reese cashed in and left us to sail around the world on his yacht. Reese passed today @ 93, he'll be missed.
Wednesday, June 03, 2015
This photo was of a fog bank that extended the entire length of the NJ Coast last Sunday around noon. I actually saw this as I was driving home from offshore ( Northfield.)! At first glance it looked like a giant Tsunami and then my eye caught it wrapping its way around the AC Casino bldgs. and it was obvious it was just a fog bank. Nevertheless, for a few seconds I have to admit I wasn't sure what it was. Had it been a real ocean wave it would have been over 500 ft. high.
Thursday, May 28, 2015
|Governor of New Jersey|
Not too many people remember the 1st Casino referendum held in NJ back in 1974. That's because it was defeated by a huge margin. That 1st Casino referendum was for allowing Casino gaming Statewide. Back then most people in NJ had a strong sense that Casinos were not particularly something they wanted in their own back yards. After almost 40 yrs. of them here in AC. I have to be honest if I had to vote for them all over again with the knowledge of what was to follow I would vote NO. The simple truth is one look at AC is proof that the experiment failed. Casino gaming in short does not act as a catalyst for redevelopment. A close look at other areas where they exist today bears out this fact. Casinos are what they are nothing more. ( Big Corps.) What we did learn here in AC is that by allowing Casinos a monopoly within AC on gaming was a disaster that laid waste to much of the towns middle class businesses and allowed for even worse public sector abuse and corruption. If that's what the rest of NJ wants so be it.
In all likelihood there is going to be a referendum this fall to allow Casino gaming either Statewide or in North Jersey ( wherever that begins.) I would hope that a local group or committee is forming right now with the aim to defeat this stupid ill considered idea. For a start our State Senator Jim Whelan might help out, instead of doubling down on the Gov's knife in our back , by putting a knife in our front. If these groups sent a speakers bureau North or around the State to make the case that gaming is a bad idea elsewhere in NJ by simply using the actions of AC's Casinos as representative of what they can expect. Then I think this referendum will go down in flames just as the 1974 one did.