After a year of diligent research and discussion, Glenn Klotz and the committee to rebuild Margate’s Boardwalk, will soon share their findings with the general public.
Background: In 2017, Margate’s beaches were radically changed by the controversial dune & beach sewer-pipe project. Easy access to the beach & water were adversely affected. The ‘Friends of the Margate Boardwalk’ committee believe that a Margate boardwalk could substantially fix many of those problems.
Get the current status of the Margate Boardwalk Project on July 13, at Ross School. 10:30am.
Listen to Klotz as he’s the featured guest on WOND Radio, 6.28.19:
At the presentation, research from Dr. Marissa Levy of Stockton University will be shared. ‘Locational analysis’ and the general welfare / benefit a boardwalk could bring to Margate residents.
Non-commercial boardwalk, allowing for pedestrians and cyclists. The ability to ride thru Margate, all the way to Gardners Basin in Atlantic City. Easier access to the beach.
A petition could soon be circulated. Maybe a referendum is on the horizon? Let the voters and taxpayers of Margate decide.
To be sure, a small but vocal group of opponents are not in support of the Boardwalk idea, fearful that beachfront properties could be affected in some way. Some homeowners might even think the beach is their private front yard.
When it comes to costs, a mixture of grants, subsidies and long-term bonding would keep the expenses in check. With a defined bike lane on the boardwalk, Margate could receive funding from various transportation agencies. The annual increase of ratables (new tax money) would also assist in the funding of this potential project.
Some have suggested The Army Corp of Engineers would love to help build a new Margate Boardwalk.
Other have posited: Why not extend Ventnor Boardwalk to Margate Fishing Pier as a first step?