After years of preparation, Margate is ready to apply for a city wide dredging permit from the NJ DEP, Department of Environmental Protection.
Dredging should improve safety for boaters navigating back bay waters. Some Amherst businesses had to limit operations during low tide. ex: boat slips, water park, etc.
Listen to Margate Commissioners Discuss Dredging Plans.
City Engineer: There will be more public outreach on this. We’re going to obtain a permit to dredge throughout the city. The permit will also encompass privately owned slips.
If / when application is approved, homeowners will be able to dredge their boat slips and canals without having to apply for their own dredging permit.
Margate homeowners with riparian rights will be able to dredge under their slips using the city permit. This saves money for owners.
Once the permit is approved, they could hire their own contractor to do their own dredging, under our (city) permit. It’s been done in other municipalities this way.
Over the years, the waters have clogged up with silt, most noticeable during low tide.
Margate Finance Commissioner Blumberg to explain how public dredging will be paid for.
Shelter Island is where the spoils could be dumped. This parcel of wetland is jointly owned by both Margate and Ventnor.