In a surprise move, Margate Commissioners agreed to shut down participation in public meetings via Zoom web-conferencing software. This was announced during the Margate Commissioner meeting of Sept. 23, 2021.
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Second homeowners, snowbirds, busy moms, the sick or elderly…. prefer to use ZOOM in order to participate in Margate public meetings. Many can’t attend in person.
Some have health concerns related to the pandemic. Why force residents to attend meetings in person?
‘Mask-up and come in’ says Margate officials.
Margate Business Admin Deaney says if taxpayers are serious about a town issue, they must attend the public meetings, in person, to share a 3 minute comment.
Why is Margate Business Admin (Ocean City resident) Richard Deaney making decisions like these?
Those looking to avoid large crowds in tight spaces, have been particularly disappointed. One Margate resident going thru chemo was fearful that her immune system is weakened. Even though vaxxed and masked, she prefers to participate in the Margate meetings via online platform like ZOOM.
Deaney quickly dismissed that concern.
Ventnor uses a hybrid method of meetings to best serve ALL taxpayers. One can attend in person, or via ZOOM. Ventnor even allows public comment via ZOOM chat. Atlantic County Commission meetings are held the same way.
Margate Business Administrator Rich Deaney & Commissioner John Amodeo both said a HYBRID method of public meetings, like Ventnor uses…. is a failure. That’s not true.
What’s Margate leadership trying to hide?
30 yr Margate resident
Mayor Becker, along with Commissioner Amodeo and Blumberg were in agreement.
Some in attendance fear that Margate will make major decisions in the off-season when most taxpayers are either in Florida or other non-Margate residence.
Rumors persist: 12 story high-rise could be erected adjacent to Lucy the Elephant.
Like most other South Jersey shore towns, Margate 2nd homeowners make up approx 75% of local tax base.
Due to tax considerations, most seasonal Margate residents vote elsewhere. ( Florida or Pennsylvania )