Over 600 signatures representing boardwalk lovers will be presented to the Margate Commissioners, on Thursday, Aug 15. at 4pm.
Margate lost it’s beloved boardwalk during the Storm of 1944. The Margate Boardwalk Committee is on a mission to see it re-built.
Click to listen > Steve Davidson & Glenn Klotz of the Margate Boardwalk Committee. Dan Klein Radio. WOND., Harry Hurley Radio. WPG. AUG. 13, 2019.
Margate Boardwalk Background
In 2017, NJ Gov. Chris Christie was desperate to spend $100 million in Hurricane Sandy relief funding. His plan: Foist 14 ft dunes, wider beaches, and a massive outfall sewer pipe network along the coast.
Locally, a re-built Margate boardwalk would help soften the blow of the ham-handed, one-size-fits-all, DEP managed, beach replenishment & dune project.
Will a Margate Boardwalk attract crime? No. Actually, the neighborhoods become safer. A boardwalk actually increases safety. Dunes create hidden blind spots. Dunes blocking the view of potential danger and wrong doings. A boardwalk would provide better beach access for emergency vehicles.
A Margate boardwalk would takes bikes & runners off of dangerous, Atlantic Ave.
In terms of cost, taxpayers might be surprised to learn that this community project would be financially in reach of most residents.
Margate Boardwalk Funding Possibilities:
- Monies that come from increased ratables via new construction.
- Re-allocate funds. ex: combine 2 half-empty schools.
- Grants and other financial assistance.
- Federal transportation grants.
- Long-term bonding at low interest rates.
- Naming rights to pavilions, bench sponsorship, donations.
Margate Boardwalk Options
- $14mil for a basic boardwalk with minimal amount of street-end ramps
- $19mil for Ventnor-style boardwalk, 20 ft wide.
- $24mil for ‘Uniquely Margate’ boardwalk. 27 ft wide, dedicated bike lane, street-end ramps, pavilions, solar powered lighting.
COST of Rebuilding the Margate Boardwalk: Less than $200 per year, per taxpayer.