Downbeach BUZZ

New Short-Term Rental Taxes: Good News For Realtors, Bad News for AirBnB and VRBO.

Looks like those looking for a weekly summer rental in Margate or Ventnor are trying to avoid online rental sites like Airbnb, VRBO and Home-Away. These companies have been forced to tack on new fees for 2019. According to emerging reports, this could add up to $800 to your weekly rate. Your mileage may vary. …

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Beach Building, Sand Pumping & Over-Development Bad For Jersey Shore Fishing Business

Fishing, marine life and environmental tourism being negatively affected along the South Jersey shoreline. No one is doing a study on the negative impact of dredging, beach replenishment, outfall pipes, and dune building. Stockton Coastal Research Center in cahoots with ACOE, Army Corp of Engineers? Audio clips from Shep on Fishing radio show. Jan. 26, …

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Arrest Made in New Year’s Eve AirBnB Shooting Incident

On Thursday January 24 2019, after a three-week long investigation into the shooting incident that left a 26-year-old male from Hillside NJ wounded, an arrest has been made. The incident occurred on January 1, 2019, at a New Year’s Eve party at a residence on the beach block of Vassar Square Avenue in Ventnor. Late …

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Pondering Downbeach Dual Agency Real Estate Issues.

Dual agency. This is where the same real estate agent/brokerage, represents both the buyer and seller, in the same real estate transaction. Huh? Dual Agency is legal in many states, like new Jersey. Is it good or bad? And just what the heck is it ? Single-Agent Dual Agency: agent represents both a buyer and…

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South Jersey Fishing Report. Wind Turbines, Flounder.

Listen to audio clips from Shep on Fishing. South Jersey Fishing Report. WOND Radio. Jan. 5, 2019. Topics include the pros and cons of offshore wind turbines, Flounder regulations for Summer 2019. Show notes: Special guest: Eleanor Bohanek, PHD Rutgers. New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council Bucktail Willie: Dredgers, trawlers, commercial fishermen gonna get hurt by …

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Municipal Transparency. Can Margate, Ventnor & Longport Learn From Ocean City?

With close to 75% of Jersey Shore taxpayers unable to vote, should towns like Margate, Ventnor & Longport at least provide greater levels City government transparency? While that answer should clearly be yes, there are still some towns that still make big decisions with very little public awareness. Some in city government claim to be …

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Army Corp & NJDEP Avoids 75% of Taxpayers, Schedules Meeting for Sept. 12

The #1 cause of Downbeach storm damage will finally get some attention. Back bay flooding. Too bad most will miss the meeting. This critical meeting has been scheduled for a time (Sept. 12) when 2nd homeowners will not be here. That’s 75% of Margate, Ventnor & Longport taxpayers. Gone for the season. Back Bay Flood Risk Management …

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Ventnor Homeowner Zoning Showdown. Fighting to Preserve St. Leonard’s Tract.

Ventnor Homeowners in St. Leonard’s Tract are fighting back. Opposed to the use of something called ‘spot-zoning’. A controversial, sometimes shady tactic to get around current land-use rules and zoning regulations. Neighbors fear Commissioner Lance Landgraf will soon ‘spot-zone’ one of Ventnor’s most historic neighborhoods along the Boardwalk. VIDEO: ‘Lance, you are spot-zoning for Gelman …

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Patrick Kennedy To Speak at Stockton: Impact of Marijuana Legalization.

Former Congressman and Brigantine resident, Patrick J. Kennedy, and Kevin A. Sabet, founder and president of Smart Approaches to Marijuana, (SAM) will discuss the potential impact of the legalization of marijuana from 1-3 p.m. Thursday, August 2 in the Galloway Campus Center Theater. Stockton to Host Discussion on Potential Impact of Marijuana Legalization The topic …

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Fluke Fishing Best In Years, But Catch Limits Still Hurt Business

Fluke fishing in South Jersey is hot. The best in years. But did you know that politics plays a major role in your ability to take home a keeper? Good grief. It’s true. Good questioning from Bucktail Willie, asking outgoing Congressman Frank LoBiondo. Would a Democrat or Republican vote to reduce recreational fishing? Would one …

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Living Large in Longport

Longport. At the southern tip of Absecon Island, just below Margate. Across the inlet from Ocean City and Somers Point, Longport is yet another take on summertime living at the shore. Larger lots. Bigger spaces. Beautiful Views. A town that starts at 11th street due to past storms. New dunes and bulkheads made of boulders. …

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Army Corp & NJ STATE Claim Margate & Ventnor Beaches are Better Than Before.

Representatives from NJ DEP (Dept of Environmental Protection), Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) and Stockton University gathered to talk about the state of our Jersey Shore beaches. Poor attendance, but staging the event allowed for the pro-dune, PR machine to rev up. Gotta debunk all that residential anger, ya know. Speakers were defensive. Awkward. Forced …

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