The Press of Atlantic City editorial board says Margate Commissioners should reopen North Essex Ave…. now. Blocking Essex Ave in Margate for Bocca Restaurant is not only a gift to one private business, but the street closure ‘interferes with access by fire and health emergency vehicles.’
Press of Atlantic City: Mayor Becker, along with Margate Commissioners Amodeo & Blumberg, engaged in ‘improper gifting’ to a private business; Bocca Restaurant.
‘The way it was done seems improper‘.
Neighbors say city didn’t notify them that street would be closed again, for 2nd year. They had no opportunity to object.
Margate homeowners patience abused. Summer 2022 could be more of same.
Neighbors claim Margate’s Mayor Becker buried the street-closing resolution within the so-called ‘consent agenda’, typically used for non-controversial issues only.
Press of Atlantic City: Margate Commissioners should re-open North Essex Ave, now.
Jacqui D: Margate’s gift to one business is disregard for Margate taxpayers. Three Amigos grant variances for Bocca, redevelopment projects on Amherst Ave, and a new school superintendent.
Alec Freedman: Margate gave THOUSANDS of square feet of public space to Ventura’s Greenhouse. A portion of the beach, even larger area than Bocca got.
Press of Atlantic City: Just because Becker and his fellow commissioners see a particular weakness in Bocca doesn’t mean other restaurants don’t have needs that officials could satisfy with government resources.
Note: Some grass roots efforts (trolling) are underway to:
- Extend live, outdoor music til 10p, midnight on weekends.
- Close Essex Ave again for Summer 2022.
- Permanently close Essex at Ventnor Ave.