Fairly good chance a floating water park along Amherst Ave in Margate will launch SUMMER 2020.
Margate Waterpark Plan Features Porta-Potties on Amherst Sidewalk.
Barry Sherman of 9510 Amherst Ave. concerned about MARCH 26 paperwork from an environmental consulting firm. Listen & see diagram below.
Margate Commissioner John Amodeo: ‘we have no authority about what happens on the water. NJ DEP has total control. They can do whatever they want in that water.’
Joe Kelly of 9510 Amherst Ave. represents the Margate Mariner; a 61 unit condo. They’re opposed to a water park. Kelly says: ‘You control the land. How can you open a business in Margate with no parking and no permanent toilets?’
Issue: Margate getting closer to finding a legal place to dump those ‘dredge spoils’.
New bulkheads, sidewalks and parking spots should be finished soon. BUT…there’s still a need for dredging in that area. (see diagram)
The spoils dump could be on Shelter Island, in back bay of Ventnor. It could also be a spot in back bay of Chelsea Atlantic City. Near Vagabond Restaurant.
Abbott: Dredging is a very expensive proposition.
Residents asking if public funds will be used to dredge this private business….which allegedly, Margate has no control of, because it’s in DEP controlled water.
Member of DEP will visit with Margate leadership this week to talk about back bay dredging options.
Margate Solicitor John Scott Abbott: Shelter Island dredging damaged marine habitat.
The Margate CFO says there’s no money in the budget for dredging studies. Not even matching funds.
Two potential grants are avail tho. Stu Farrell from Stockton Coastal Research Center says money is needed for studies.
Ventnor & Margate co-own that hole on Shelter Island. Ventnor residents likely not familiar with pros & cons of this potential project. Ventnor leadership fully apprised of Margate’s current efforts?
Resident feedback: Using public funds for bay & marina dredging sounds like welfare for the affluent.
Resident feedback: Once May 14 Margate election is over, residents may find it more difficult to press for greater transparency with projects like these.