Ventnor leadership squishy and skittish about making plans for fully reopening their beaches and boardwalk. Watch video.
On May 14, NJ Governor Phil Murphy told shore towns like Ventnor they can re-open their beaches & boardwalks…with some restrictions. Mayor Beth Holtzman says, No thanks, we’ll pass for now.
The recent commission meeting of May 14 was disheartening. Looked like we’re a rudderless town that’s looking to Margate for guidance. Believe me, Margate is even more confused and scared about stuff like this.
Anger. Sadness. Frustration. Disappointment in City leadership. Especially if you pay taxes in Ventnor. Or if you’re a small business owner. Or someone who loves coming to Ventnor each summer….and spending lots of money.
Public Comment: After watching the commissioner meeting we thought: Who the F is in charge here?
Ventnor Public Safety Commissioner Tim Kriebel and Mayor Beth Holtzman not ready to follow in steps of Ocean City, Wildwood and Atlantic City. Those shore towns are now open. Safe and smart. Ready for business.
Ventnor Fire Chief Mike Cahill, a key provider of guidance to City Commissioners, says his team is fully prepared. A very comprehensive plan ready to go, says Cahill.
Fire Chief Cahill: Our problems come from the State & Fed. It keeps changing (the recommendations).
Today, the Governor pulled the cover off a different hat and another rabbit came out.VCFD Chief Mike Cahill
Captain Funk and his Ventnor Beach Patrol really should not handle stuff like this, says Cahill.
Commissioner Kriebel: A decision will be made ‘in the next week or two’. The State is forcing our hand.
Ventnor wants to make moves in unison with neighboring towns like Margate.
Ventnor reluctant to safely open up like other shore towns: Wildwood, Ocean City, Atlantic City, etc.
Beach & boardwalk situation ‘very fluid’ says Ventnor Public Safety Commissioner, Tim Kriebel.
Holtzman says she’s purposely moving slow. Making Ventnor as unattractive as possible. More important to keep people away.
Holtzman: Sidewalk sales? Yard sales? Nope. Not yet. But Farmers Market OK to open?
Longport is now open for ocean swimming, as of MAY 15.
When will we fully open the beach & boardwalk? We don’t know yet.Commissioner Landgraf
Will Ventnor provide showers? Water fountains? Bathrooms? Not sure.
So far, Ventnor not open to adopting the latest, NJ Governor recommendations. Holtzman suggests she now follows CDC guidelines?
SOCIAL MEDIA COMMENT: Ventnor Commissioners pressured by small but loud group of voting residents?
Note: Ventnor OEM (Office of Emergency Management) Donna Pedersen was not on call?