Mayor Becker and the Commissioners have decided to ask local voters if they want to rebuild the Margate Boardwalk. The announcement was made during the March 5 Commissioners meeting. LISTEN >
Mayor Becker: there’s plenty of information and misinformation out there. Some in favor. Some against.
Becker’s suggestion: Let’s put it to a referendum. See what the people’s wishes are. This is too big of an issue to not do that.
Commissioner Amodeo agrees: This is a prudent thing to do. We’ll turn it over to Margate Solicitor John Scott Abbott. Note: It’s non-binding.
Margate will put Rebuild the Margate Boardwalk referendum question on November 2020 ballot.
Commish Amodeo: We’ll have the Margate engineer get involved. He’ll get some estimates & quotes.
Commish Maury Blumberg thinks it’s a good idea. Blumberg reportedly had signed a 2019 petition asking for a poll or survey of local residents.
John Amodeo: We need to know what the cost would be and the tax impact so the residents of Margate would have a full understanding, not just generalized numbers.
NOTE: Klotz and the committee are still looking to poll second homeowners as well.
The Margate Boardwalk Committee is happy that voters will finally get a chance to be heard.
A rebuilt Margate Boardwalk would address the problems created by the controversial dune project.
Those with walking challenges were especially harmed by the beach replenishment project forced on coastal towns by Gov Chris Christie.
A boardwalk would provide a gathering place for residents and visitors too. It’s best to keep walkers, joggers and bikers out of the street.
Read More: “A Margate Boardwalk for the 21st Century.”
Margate Boardwalk Committee Director, Glenn Klotz, was pleased to hear of the announcement.
From Glenn Klotz: The Margate Boardwalk Committee would like to thank the Margate City Commissioners for listening to the people of Margate ( the over 614 of them ) that signed our petition last summer asking for a referendum on this issue . Recently, we have also been collecting signatures on a 2nd petition to place an Initiative / ordinance on the books in Margate asking for that referendum. That request has now thankfully been answered and this question will now be placed on the Nov. ballot, as a non-binding referendum that will direct the Commissioners on this question in the future. From the start of this process, almost two years ago, we’ve always believed this question warranted a referendum and we also still believe that the non-voting taxpayers deserve a poll on this issue as well. Whether the Commission decides to do that will be up to them. First, however the law of the State of NJ mandates that the voters have to be asked and that will now happen. From our point of view, we are now one step closer to a Boardwalk returning to Margate on the beach. It’s up to the voters in Margate now to take it to the next step. Ultimately, the State of NJ will also be brought into the process through the offices of the NJDEP. We never said it was going to be easy, but allowing the voters to say where they stand on this issue is a good place to start.