The Wildwood lodging industry has made it very clear that it doesn’t want beach tags. The Greater Wildwoods Hotel Motel Association issued a statement to the media last evening saying that it doesn’t want the city to consider adding beach tags. The group calls beach tags quote “regressive and inefficient”. Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano has floated the idea of the city exploring the beach tag issue. Currently Wildwood taxpayer pay for the maintenance and protection of the city’s beaches, which have been ranked number one in the latest statewide beach popularity survey.
Former longtime Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb is heading west. McNabb, who was traded to the Washington Redskins last year, is now a member of the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings acquired McNabb in a trade last night; all Minnesota had to surrender were two sixth round draft choices. McNabb had to restructure his contract in order to get the trade done.
For the second consecutive week the Jersey Shore will have a very hot Saturday. The National Weather Service predicts temperatures to climb into the mid 90s at the beaches on Saturday with a heat index approaching 105 degrees. Last weekend, the heat index climbed to 120 degrees even at the beaches. There is a chance of showers and storms late in the day Friday into Friday night before a hot day on Saturday. Temperatures will stay at or above 90 degrees through the middle of next week.
The Avalon Borough Council met Wednesday night and passed an ordinance on first reading that would eventually provide free beach tags to active military personnel and their families. Council met and approved the ordinance on a 5-0 vote; it would permit the Borough to exercise a new state law designed to provide free beach tags to active members of the military if shore towns choose to do so. The measure comes up for a final vote next month.
One of Atlantic City’s premiere casino hotels saw its gaming numbers drop even further during the second quarter of 2011. Boyd Gaming announced this week that the Borgata in Atlantic City generated $182.8 million during the second quarter of 2011, which represents a two percent drop over 2010′s dismal numbers. Boyd still believes that the Borgata was able to increase its market share in Atlantic City.
A teenager who’s accused of killing a New Jersey police officer earlier this year will go on trial nearly one year to the date of the murder. Ocean County authorities announced that a trial date has been set for 19 year old Jahmell Crockam, the man accused of gunning down Lakewood Township Police Officer Christopher Matlosz last January. The trial date is January 17, 2012. Crockham also faces various weapons offenses. Matlosz was killed during a routine patrol.
A Korean War Memorial is coming to Wildwood. The local veterans responsible for the Vietnam Memorial Wall have helped organize this tribute. Vince DePrinzio told Coastal Broadcasting the veterans are doing the memorial in memory of Jimmer Muldoon, who was a Korean War veteran that assisted with the construction of the wall in Wildwood. Muldoon passed away two weeks ago.
DePrinzio said the memorial should be in place by the city’s block party, which takes place on Aug. 27. A dedication will take place at that time at 11 a.m.
Cape May County is holding a program called “Escape the Cape,” which allows towns to simulate a hurricane coming towards the Jersey Shore and how they would respond. State representatives and Cape May County Emergency Management were on scene for the program that began on Wednesday and will run into Thursday. The purpose of the exercise is to evaluate interagency and intergovernmental coordination at the Municipal, County, State, and Federal levels using the National Incident Management System (NIMS) in preparation for, response to and recovery from a hurricane.
A handgun that was stolen was used in the shooting of a man. The Press of Atlantic City reports that Archie Shiggs was shot on the 800 block of North Maryland Avenue. The report says the weapon was taken from Little Egg Harbor in May. The man is said to have life-threatening injuries from the shot that went into his groin and through his buttocks. To this point, no arrests have been announced.
Concerns over the lack of agreement in raising the debt ceiling is getting attention everywhere. Gov. Chris Christie commented at a press conference that Republicans and Democrats need to come to a compromise to address this important issue. Christie said President Barack Obama should write down his plan to make it clear how he wants to get out of this situation. Republicans control the House of Representatives, while Democrats control the Senate and the President.