THIS IS NOT MEANT TO OFFEND ANYONE! IT'S HERE AS A PUBLIC SERVICE !
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
It's happened! Margate announced today that its filing suit in Federal Court to try and resolve the ongoing stand off with the State of NJ DEP , and the A.C.O.E. over their attempt to FORCE their Beach Project down the throat of the community, against its expressed will in two referendums this past year. A cease and desist order has been granted Margate by the Federal ct. halting any further attempt by the State or the Army to move ahead with the project until the underlying legal issues in the case are resolved. Follow the link to the online story in the AC Press this afternoon. http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/breaking/margate-files-suit-to-stop-dunes-project/article_81232f52-7434-11e4-8bcb-ebe7653485c6.html
The fight over this project will be entering its fifteenth yr. in 2015. Its really no surprise to me that its finally ending up in court. Gov. Christie decided after Sandy that he had the right to essentially over turn any laws or rules in the State that got in the way of his ambition, to he says, build a line of artificial dunes from Sandy Hook to Cape May Pt. There's one problem, he also apparently decided that equality before the law in this issue was also not applicable and that among many other points of law need to be resolved before this ill fated project can proceed through Margate. I must say its gratifying to see that at least in some respects we're still a country of laws, not men. The Gov. has tried to bluster and bully Margate and its citizens into this Project , but to their credit they've stood firm and shown the world what its like to say NO to a BULLY. No matter what happens in this case the citizens of Margate should be proud of what they've already accomplished here. A case like this one is precisely what the rule of law is all about.
Monday, November 24, 2014
Saturday, November 15, 2014
On Dec. 12th, Taj Mahal Casino/Hotel in AC. will become the fifth Casino/Hotel to close in AC in 2014. In what has now become the greatest calamity in the history of the Hospitality Industry, another 3,000 people will lose their jobs, bringing the total of Casino/Hotel jobs lost in AC this year to over 12,000. To put this no. in perspective, there are just over 250,000 people in Atlantic County. By the close of 2014 unemployment county wide will be over 25% the worst in any county in America, except for a few in Mississippi.
CHRISTIE SAVES AC?
How Gov. Christie even has the gall to show his face around here is beyond me. 5 yrs. after taking control of the town by declaring another one of his Emergencies, he created the so called Tourism district by placing his own hand picked flunkies and shills in charge, this is the out come.
The question now are who and what is next? If I had to guess I'd say Ballys and Resorts are both not long to this world either. After that Caesars and the Trop will survive for awhile , maybe. In the end, AC will be lucky if it has the 3 Casinos on the Marina side of town. By then for all practical purposes though, the rest of AC will become just another decaying urban slum, this one with a beach.
WHY ON THE BEACH SIDE?
Its no surprise to me that all of the failed Casinos are on the Beach side of town. Once the ACOE / NJDEP built its leeve / beach project in front of the boardwalk back in 2003-2004, essentially destroying the views and removing the cool ocean breezes from the boardwalk , it was almost inevitable that this once World famous boardwalk would decline. Add to this disaster what happened to Pacific ave., which was allowed to become a rundown slum filled with whores, drug dealers, pawn/gold shops and nudie / girlie bars and the fate of the Beach side Casinos was sealed. Just to add insult to injury, until this year the City couldn't even be bothered to maintain the road surface itself and let it gradually turn into a axle bending ride through hell. Oddly, Pacific ave. has become the perfect metaphor for the final descent to where AC has arrived at today.
IT WASN'T JUST BECAUSE OF THE OTHER CASINOS
Contrary to popular opinion, it wasn't just the competition of the surrounding Casinos in other States that killed AC. AC had a 35 yr. lead on all these places and had the town been developed properly and not allowed to descend into a seedy slum we might have avoided the mass exodus of the gaming Industry were seeing this year. Sadly, a BIG part of the problem was baked into the system from the start. Mandating that Casino/Hotels had to be huge with a min. of 500 rooms set a standard that essentially favored large Corp. enterprises and their economic power over everyone else in the marketplace. Many people see that now, but its too late. Hopefully , as the Casino era fades what will happen is a "new" generation of small and mid-sized businesses will slowly return and fill in the gaping hole these places are going to leave in the short term. Its to be seen. What we all have to realize is that there are plenty of other seaside resorts up and down the East Coast that have thrived these past 30 yrs. and done it without CASINO/HOTELS.
In AC it could now be argued that gaming industry has destroyed the town in the short run and is leaving it now having sucked the life out of it.
My warning to other towns and cities in NJ and there residents, whatever you do, don't buy into the slick false promises of this Industry, stay as far away from gaming as you can. They will promise you jobs and other big benefits, the truth is they don't deliver !!
Friday, November 14, 2014
|Lucy the Margate Elephant, Atlantic Avenue & Decatur Street, Margate City, Atlantic County, NJ. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
It seems Margate's little kerfuffle with the Gov. of NJ has now gained a Nat'l and Int'l audience thanks to the Conservative online daily National Review Online ( AKA NRO .) Check out the article that just appeared there today http://www.nationalreview.com/article/392636/duneboggle-chris-christies-sandstorm-against-shore-town-tim-cavanaugh#comment-1692980066 Looks like the Gov. is going to start paying a steeper price for the sand he's been trying to kick into Margate's voters faces this past year. Hopefully, the price will be that his behavior in Margate coupled with Bridgegate and other such scandals now surfacing in NJ will help reinforce an image of Gov. Christie, as the bully he really is , not that of the strong confident leader he try's to project of himself. It seems even Conservative voters have little stomach for such a person to lead them. A few weeks ago the first IOWA straw poll of possible GOP Presidential candidates had Gov. Christie in 16th place of the 16 possible candidates.
Keep it up Governor, your enemies are going to love the vision of you trying to bully the world famous roadside attraction "Lucy the Elephant" your own party's symbol. What makes it especially sweet for them is that "Lucy" just happens to be standing keeping watch over Margate's beaches.
Thursday, November 06, 2014
|Lucy the Elephant in Margate City, New Jersey (photo taken July 2004) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Friday, October 31, 2014
NO!! WE DON'T WANT THE DAMN PROJECT & YES WE WANT THE CITY COMMISSION TO START LISTENING TO US !!
Last year at this time our Gov. Chris Christie was telling Margate's voters they were stupid if they voted against his goal of imposing the AISPP ( Absecon Island Shore Protection Project) on us. I guess, were stupid because 65% of us ignored the Governor's threats to ignore us, if we voted against his plans. We thought it was pretty obvious then, that if we rejected the Governor's Project it would require some kind of legal defense to sustain our will in that vote. Well, at least it was obvious to most of us, but not everybody it turns out. So here we are again, a year later voting on essentially the same topic again. This time its supposedly to authorize the City of Margate to spend up to $200,000 to hire outside legal counsel in this matter. The truth is the Margate's Commission already has the power to authorize such a defense with just two votes. Obviously, that wasn't going to happen, because one of those two votes was stridently for the Beach Project from the beginning of all of this. Another is stridently against it and the third says he's against it, but that we can't win in court against the State. So, The one for the Project and the One against it (only if we don't have to fight to stay out) have decided that any defense against the State has to be ok again by the voters next Tues.
ITS A NON-BINDING VOTE AGAIN
Of course, like last year's vote this year's vote is also non-binding, which means the same two Commissioners who are putting the town through this again this year can just ignore the results again if they don't like them. So, why are we bothering to do this, you might wonder? Because, the one that says he against it but not if we have to fight, is hoping we'll say we want to give up and not spend anymore $$ fighting what he considers a hopeless cause. Makes you wonder what he and the one that wants it will do if we vote Yes we do want the city to fight? Doesn't matter, if your still against joining or allowing this Project to happen on Margate's beaches just come out and vote.
PLEASE VOTE ON NOV. 4TH - VOTE YES on Question No. #3 !!