Margate Commissioners met this week on July 16. Members of the Margate Homeowners Association were in attendance and provided the following recap.
During public comment, Island House resident Henry Gorenstein addressed concerns about Ventura’s Greenhouse being converted into a high-rise.
Gorentstein asked Commissioners Becker, Amodeo and Blumberg if they listened to the Sept 2018 audio as promised. On that particular recording, all three stated that the ‘high-rise deal was a dead matter’. All three admitted they did not listen as promised.
Rebuild The Margate Boardwalk Referendum
Commissioners discussed proposed, non-binding Boardwalk referendum. ‘Clearly written to scare Margate voters’, says Weintraub. Sway voters to a ‘no’ vote. Not good! They need to make the wording fair.
A non-binding referendum should be something like this: “Do you want Margate officials to explore the building of a boardwalk?” LISTEN >
If voters answer ‘yes’ on Nov 3, a feasibility and cost study would then be explored. After that, a presentation of costs and a binding referendum could be put to a vote.
Why not get feedback from 2nd homeowners? These non-voting taxpayers need to be heard. Maybe use a returnable post card for the questionaire?
Weintraub: The referendum wording preferred by the Commissioners is biased against a Boardwalk. It needs to be changed.
MHA’s Jay Weintraub questioned Margate’s employee retirement plan.
Jay Weintraub of the Margate Homeowners Association: The City of Margate may have a problem with it’s employee retirement plan. It needs to be examined in detail.
Employees of Margate deserve the best and most cost-effective plan available. Low fees and expenses. Margate taxpayers deserve the same, since they pay for the plan with their tax dollars.
Weintraub asked questions about fees. Who are the trustees? How about fiduciaries, record keepers and investment committee members? What about competitive pricing?
Not one person within the Margate Administration was able to provide answers. Seemed like no one had a clue what I was referring to.Jay Weintraub, President of MHA
Weintraub plans to submit an OPRA request to find out more.