State Police are investigating an accident on the Garden State Parkway. It took place near mile marker 25. Police have not released any information as this time. As of 6 p.m. there is a one-mile backup as a result. More information will be passed along when it becomes available.
Moving to protect a key industry, Sen Jeff Van Drew and Assemblymen Nelson Albano and Matthew W. Milam on Thursday sent a letter to the administration asking it to expedite approval of the summer 2011 flounder fishing regulations.
The lawmakers sent the letter to state Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin. They noted the New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council voted on April 7 to enact the regulations for this year’s season, which would run from May 7 to Sept. 25.
“With less than 10 days before the start of the proposed 2011 summer flounder season, it has come to our attention that these regulations have yet to be approved by the NJDEP,” they wrote.
The lawmakers said the industry is key to the region’s economy, job creation and tourism efforts, and thus the regulations need quick approval.
“Summer flounder is the most popular catch not only in Cape May County, but all along the New Jersey coast,” Van Drew said. “Failure to approve these regulations and start the season on time will have a detrimental effect on an already beleaguered industry.”
“These reasonable regulations should not be gathering dust on a desk somewhere in Trenton,” Albano said. “They should be approved as quickly as possible to ensure the region’s economy, fishing and tourism industries are well positioned for a strong 2011.”
“We cannot afford to wait,” Milam said. “The industries tied to these regulations need assurance that everything is going to able to proceed without delay, or else we will begin to see negative impacts on businesses and residents alike.”
Legislation sponsored to permit municipalities to restrict the ability of known sex offenders to live near places where children congregate was passed today by the full Senate.
The bill (S-837) responds to a 2009 state Supreme Court decision which invalidated 118 local ordinances that sought to create such “pedophile-free zones” within communities. The Court cited the fact that Megan’s Law, which it held was the primary source of state law dealing with sexual offenders, is silent on the subject of restricting where registered sex offenders may live, and thereby preempted the ability of towns to enact local ordinance.
The bill also would prohibit locating school bus stops and child care centers near the residence of high risk sex offenders.
The legislation now heads to the Assembly for further consideration.
A beach fill project in Avalon will begin this weekend. Avalon officials expect the dredge to arrive off the Avalon beaches on Friday afternoon. A total of 450,000 cubic yards of sand will be hydraulically pumped from a sand borrow area in Townsend’s Inlet and placed on the Avalon beachfront in advance of the summer tourism season. It will take at least 20 days to conduct the project; that timeline could be extended in the event of any severe weather or mechanical issues that arise. Once complete, the dredge will move to Stone Harbor for a beach fill in that community
A land lease agreement has been reached between Rutgers University and Atlantic Cape Community college. A new building is going to be built on the at the Mays Landing Campus. This is apart of the school’s plan to work with a four-year university in order to better serve its students and provide a more easy transition into a university.
A theft was reported at the Free Meal Center in Middle Township. Police there say they were contacted on April 28 about the theft. An aluminum wheelchair ramp that is 24 feet in length was removed. The theft is believed to happen between Sunday and Tuesday. The wheelchair ramp was secured to a table with three security chains which were also taken. The value of the wheelchair ramp is $4000.00 and the value of the chains is $285.00. There are no suspects or witnesses at this time.
The VA Enrollment Clinic in Cape May County will take place on Friday. Congressman Frank LoBiondo wants to remind local residents one more time to come down and get more information the VA Healthcare system and see if they can enroll. LoBiondo will hosting the clinic from 9 to 1 p.m. at the Cape May County Administration Building, located at 4 Moore Rd. in Cape May Court House.
A bill which would permit the development of solar, photovoltaic and wind energy facilities on closed landfills or quarries was approved by the Senate today by a vote of 33-0, conforming to the Governor’s conditional veto on the bill.
The bill, S-2126, as amended would provide that, notwithstanding any existing law, local ordinance or regulation, that the development of solar and photovoltaic energy facilities or structures on any closed landfill or quarry, or an existing or closed resource extraction operation, be a permitted land use in every municipality in the State, including areas preserved under the Pinelands Comprehensive Management Plan. Under the bill, the Pinelands Commission would be required to review any application for the development of a renewable energy facility on the site of a closed landfill or quarry, and determine that the development is in conformance with the applicable standards of the management plan. The bill would also include wind energy facilities as a permitted use in areas not already under the protection of the Pinelands management plan.
The bill now heads to the Assembly for consideration, before going to the Governor again to be signed into law.
An on-going investigation is taking place involving a stabbing in Wildwood. The Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office announced that 28-year-old Frank Sola was stabbed multiple times on the 100 West block of Schellenger Ave. Police are asking anyone with information to come forward by calling 465-1135. The stabbing took place on Wednesday night around 7 p.m. No information on a potential suspect has been released.
A tax increase has been adopted in Wildwood Crest. Borough Commission there passed a budget with a 1.5-cent increase. The community came in under the two-percent property tax cap. Mayor Carl Groon told Coastal Broadcasting the borough is continuing its improvement projects, but being smart with how it is done to minimize tax increases. The new rate in the community will come in at 57.6 cents.