Jay Weintraub from the MHA, Margate Homeowners Association, sent the following email to our 3 Margate Commissioners.
Last summer, I applauded measures taken by our Commissioners. Helping our Margate businesses make it through a terrible time.
Blocking Essex Ave was a great idea during a time Bocca needed help.
I understand that a Consent Agenda Item was pushed through with no community input or debate, allowing Bocca to block the street again this summer.
I am concerned with the consent order to allow Bocca to again block off Essex Ave for the summer.
Why is Margate entering into an agreement with a private enterprise to help that business increase revenues?
That’s exactly what Margate is doing.
Bocca has little cost / expense with that added capacity. They get increased revenue. If Bocca did well prior to Covid, they should be fine now.
Last year during Covid, I was all in for stuff like this. We all wanted to see our businesses survive. But why the preferential treatment for just a few?
Why are taxpayers helping Bocca increase their bottom line at the expense of Essex Ave homeowners?
Why create a problem for those who live on the street? And those driving thru Margate?
This was a bad decision for many in Margate. It favors just one business. At the expense of many.
This decision needs to be reversed.
Yes. Sometimes Margate Commissioners do make poor decisions.
I firmly believe this is a poor decision.
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