It’s no secret that Margate keeps losing trees and greenery. Aggressive development and coastal storms are the main culprits.
On Sept 24, Rich Patterson of the Margate Planning Board said: we had speculative builders cutting down trees right and left for the past 5 years.
We lost 200 trees in a storm according to Margate Construction Official Jim Gallantino.
The Planning Board will not make a forestry plan, part of the city’s Masterplan. That’s according to a Sept 24 Margate Planning Board meeting. Listen:
Margate Planning Board not very enthusiastic about dealing with 3rd floor decks, affordable housing plans, and now, the protection of vulnerable Margate trees.
Margate Forestry Management Plan has no teeth. No enforcement powers. Solicitor Leo Manis & Board Chairman Rich Patterson: It’s not worth the effort to put it into master plan
We’re trying to recreate the Margate with street trees that once existed. Tress that distinguish Margate from Atlantic City, Avalon and Sea Isle.Rich Patterson
Zoning officer Roger McLarnon prefers to keep control over this tree & forestry issue. Will Green Team monitor his actions?
McLarnon says he’ll work with the Green Team & Sustainable Margate. To be clear, he doesn’t answer to them.
Can Margate residents trust Roger McLarnon to protect the remaining trees in Margate?
Planning Board member Tom Collins, who represents Mayor Michael Becker on the board, wants the document to just be a reference. A guide. That’s it.
Steve Jasieki in member of the Margate Planning board and is chairperson of Sustainable Margate.
It’s remains unclear why Sustainable Margate and the Green Team do not attend critical meetings like these. We’ve noted that Steve Jasieki often gets ganged-up on by his Planning Board colleagues.
|Steve Jasiecki||Chairperson, 609-412-3648|
|Emily Aiken||Vice Chairperson|
|Debra Barnet||Garden Committee|
|Monica Coffey||Point Committee|
|Anthony Edge||Public Works|
|Roger McLarnon||Zoning Officer, Planner||(609) 822-5438|
|Palma Accardi||Board Administrator||(609) 822-1974|
|Elias Manos, Esq.||Board Solicitor|
Planning Board Members
|Michael Richmond||Vice Chairman|
|Michael S. Becker||Mayor, Commissioner of Public Works|
|Tom Collins||Mayor’s Designee|
|Jim Galantino||Board Member, Construction Official|
|Michael Cristaldi||Board Member|
|Joe DiGirolamo||Board Member|
|Margaret Guber-Nulty||Board Member|
|Craig Palmisano||Board Member|
|Remy Pelosi||Board Member|
|Clem Wasleski||Board Member|
|Ron Gruppo||Board Member|
|Steven Jasiecki||Board Member|