Margate resident Glenn Klotz is on a mission to rebuild the boardwalk that once ran along the shores of this part of Absecon Island.
In 1944, a hurricane swept most of it away. Time to bring back the Margate Boardwalk? Many think so.
Listen to recent interviews on WOND Radio. Dan Klein & David Spatz talk with Glenn Klotz and the Margate Boardwalk Committee:
How would a rebuilt Margate Boardwalk benefit residents and taxpayers? First off, it would smooth over many of the negatives brought about by the controversial dune building project.
Beach pumping and dredging by the Army Corp of Engineers was not welcomed by 99% of Margatians. Installing five, 48 inch, beach sewer pipes only made things worse.
What you should know:
Friends of the Margate Boardwalk Committee is a NJ non-profit 501c3.
A comprehensive report about a new Margate Boardwalk, was developed over the past winter. The report will be presented to the public on Sat. July 13, at Ross School in Margate. 10:30 a.
A petition will be distributed to all Margate taxpayers starting next week. ‘A small step to gauge interest and support of this project’, says Klotz.
Indeed, support is growing. Not surprisingly, there’s opposition too. Most from a small handful of beachfront homeowners who may believe the beach in front of their multi-million homes is personal property.
Cost of Rebuilding the Margate Boardwalk
Construction costs are likely to be a major consideration / concern of taxpayers. Nonetheless, Klotz believes this project is financially feasible. He’ll share the preliminary plan on July 13.
Much more challenging for beachgoers to get the water now. A 14 ft wall of sand to get over.
The outfall beach sewer pipes do solve one problem ( street flooding ) …but the 5 massive outfall pipes create many others.
- Unsightly. Dangerous bolts and hardware.
- Direct dumping of contaminated storm run-off.
- Cuts the beach in half. Creation of a dead zone, between street-end and dune.
- People of Margate voted against the dune & sewer pipe project.
Margate had one of the nicest beaches in the area. Man-made dunes and beach sewer pipes unfortunately ‘industrialized’ this South Jersey Beach.