Jersey Shore Fundraiser to Help Creatures Great and Small

It’s hard to picture Margate without Lucy the Elephant.  Since 1881, she’s stood watch over our beaches.  As you can imagine, Lucy needs some TLC.  Over the years, she’s seen her fair share of stranded animals along the Jersey shoreline.  Next Wednesday, she’s willing to share the spotlight at a special Jersey Shore fundraiser to benefit her as well as the Marine Mammals Stranding Center.

Help creatures great and small, fake and real, at the Jersey Shore Fundraiser for Lucy the Elephant and the Marine Mammals Stranding Center on Aug 24, 2017.

What: Jersey Shore Fundraiser for Lucy & Marine Mammals Stranding Center
Where: Lucy the Elephant (9200 Atlantic Ave, Margate, NJ)
When: Wednesday, August 24th, 7pm to 9pm
Admission: FREE (donations welcome)
Contact: Pleasantville Music Shoppe (609) 641-4600

Jersey Shore Fundraiser in Margate

View my featured Jersey Shore homesFrom 7pm to 9pm, Lucy the Elephant hosts a special Jersey Shore fundraiser all around her.  Enjoy live musical performances by the Atlantic City All-Star Band and Fun Wave.  And forget paying for street parking.  It’s free during the event.  BYOBC/BYOB, ie, bring your own beach chairs or bring your own blankets for comfort.  While admission is free, this is a fundraiser.  So, any donations made are greatly appreciated.

Marine Mammals Stranding Center

What is the Marine Mammals Stranding Center and what do they do?  This privately funded center started back in 1978.  A small staff and hundreds of volunteers provide the only marine animal rescue along the entire Jersey shoreline.  Over the years, they’ve rescued thousands of sea turtles, seals and whales stranded on the beach.  They receive no money from the government.  Their funding depends entirely on grants, private donations, membership and fundraisers like this one.

As summer winds down, make plans to attend the Jersey Shore fundraiser at Lucy the Elephant on Wednesday.  Spend a night at the beach while raising money to help creatures great and small…fake and real.  Please give whatever you can afford.  Thank you!

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Margate Dunes Project Update: Judge Rules OK to Continue

Just last week, I wrote about the temporary hold placed on the Margate Dunes Project at our local beaches.  Officials believed that stagnate water created by sand excavation and heavy rains posed a public safety risk.  Yesterday, Judge Marie Bumb lifted the temporary restraining order, allowing the Margate Dunes Project to continue.

On Aug 10th, a judge lifted the temporary restraining order for construction on the Margate Dunes Project, allowing contractors to continue right away.

Why Allow Continued Work on the Margate Dunes Project?

Search homes for sale at the Jersey ShoreWhile she understands the City’s concerns, Judge Bumb cited concerns about delays in the Margate Dunes Project could domino into bigger problems down the road.  This represents only one portion of a larger project along the Atlantic City shoreline.  The point of the entire project is to create a barrier against destruction caused by hurricanes.  Delaying the Margate Dunes Project pushes other projects in Ventnor and Longport into the hurricane season.  In turn, this puts other Jersey Shore residents in possible jeopardy.

Judges Restrictions on Continuing Berm Construction

In an effort to alleviate some of the public’s fears, Judge Bumb put restrictions in place for continued beach work.  For example, contractors must created elevated walkways for easier beach access.  Then, pond areas must now be fenced off.  Also, all standing water must be pumped out right away.  All this comes at the contractors’ expense, not the City’s.  A City attorney plans to plead their case for continuing the restraining order later this afternoon.

Expect to see Margate Dunes Project construction right away.  The Army Corps of Engineers’ updated schedule shows work planned at the Jackson Avenue beach on Saturday, August 12th.  Unless something changes this afternoon, bulldozers join sunbathers at the beach this weekend.  Be prepared.

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Margate Dunes Project on Hold Temporarily

Earlier this year, I wrote about how the summer time construction of dunes along our Jersey shoreline would affect beach goers.  We knew to expect closures of Margate beaches between June and August.  However, the timeline for completion might get pushed back.  Earlier this week, an Atlantic County Superior Court judge placed the Margate Dunes Project on hold temporarily due to large water “ponding” on the beach.

An Atlantic County Supreme Court judge ordered a temporary restraining order for the Margate Dunes Project after sand excavation left stagnate water along the beach.

Why the Temporary Halt of the Margate Dunes Project?

Search homes for sale at the Jersey ShoreLast week, Weeks Marine, the contractor in charge of constructing the dune on Absecon Island, tried to create a drainage basin by excavating several feet of sand.  Unfortunately, this resulted in a huge pond of stagnate water.  The location and size of this pond made it impossible for beach goers to safely navigate around it.  In turn, this forced our Commissioner of Safety, John Amodeo, to close down Margate area beaches.  The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection ordered Weeks Marine to pump the water into the ocean to clear out the area.

DEP attorney David Apy gave testimony for what he called “over aggressive” excavation tactics.  Judge Julio Mendez agreed to issue a restraining order against continuing construction on the Margate Dunes Project.  The matter will be re-evaluated after a meeting with all parties involved on August 11th.  The dune project is expected to continue to move along the shoreline to Ventnor later this month.  From there, it moves on to Longport in September.

Most Margate Beaches to be Re-Opened

While the Margate Dune Project stays in a holding pattern, the City announced the re-opening of Margate beaches to the public this weekend.  This includes returning lifeguard staff to their posts.  After bacterial tests came back “normal”, they were deemed safe for beach goers to attend again.  However, Huntington Avenue remains the sole closure.

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