The Margate Boardwalk Committee (MBC) presented an updated report to Margate Commissioners on Feb 20.
The question of whether or not to build a Boardwalk is simply too big and too important to be left to the 3 Margate Commissioners. Let the people to decide.
The Margate Boardwalk Committee’s proposal to build a Boardwalk is a response to the problems brought on by the controversial beach and dune project.
Boardwalk Committee now gathering signatures to place a referendum question on Nov 7 ballot in Margate.
The oddly-engineered Margate dunes, have only created more problems. Rebuilding the Margate Boardwalk would fix many of them.
MBC: We have lost access to the beach, views of the ocean and the physical as well as social connections that make us a beach community.
In Aug. of 2019, the report called ‘A Margate Boardwalk for the 21st Century‘ was presented to the city.
MBC: Rebuilding the Margate Boardwalk would reconnect our beaches to the rest of Margate. It would restore our place as a first-class, resort town.
Do you feel safer and more protected now that 14 ft dunes were installed? No.
Did your flood insurance go down as promised by NJ DEP? No.
MBC: The City of Margate fails to recognize the needs of the community. Access, Views and Connections. Ignoring their responsibility to Margate citizens.
City of Margate using scare tactics. Claiming a boardwalk is a fire hazard, a crime magnet, and a maintenance nightmare.
MBC: Is the City of Margate making a good faith effort to have honest dialogue, or are they looking for ways to dismiss the idea?
What’s it gonna cost? The average Margate taxpayer owning a home worth $534,800, will pay approx $220 annually, for a period of 15 years.
MBC: The City of Margate grossly overestimates maintenance costs. Any work needed could easily be performed by anyone with carpentry skills. Note: Ventnor has NO permanent staff dedicated to their boardwalk.
Glen Klotz believes the proposed boardwalk in Margate, would benefit residents and beachgoer. A place for walking, running, bike riding and social meeting, like a town square.
Klotz: Exaggerated claims from Margate City Hall only reinforces voters’ lack of trust in local government. This kind of behavior and lack of transparency causes people to question integrity of the City. Who are they really working for?
Bikers are at grave risk when riding in the street next to vehicular traffic. A rebuilt boardwalk, with a dedicated bike lane, would be dramatically safer.
With a rebuilt Margate Boardwalk, those in wheelchairs would be able to experience the ocean and beach. More family-friendly too. Much easier to access the beach from the street.
The beach as social center. A Margate boardwalk would enhance that benefit. Making Margate more valuable to all, not just a few insiders.Margate-Boardwalk-Update-2.20.2020
Need more info? Contact MBC. https://www.themargateboardwalk.com/