On Thursday public officials from federal, state, county and local juristictions will tour five Cumberland County communities damaged by Superstorm Sandy. State Senator Jeff Van Drew says the tour will start at the Maurice River Township municipal building, and give government officials a first-hand look at the devastation caused by Sandy. At least 20 homes were completely destroyed along the Delaware Bay, in the communities of Fortescue, Gandys Beach and Money Island. Officials in Downe Township estimate the storm damage at about $30 million.
Governor Chris Christie minced no words on Wednesday at a town-hall meeting in Morris County. According to the Associated Press, the governor was highly critical of Atlantic City Mayor Lorenzo Langford and his administration. Christie said that Atlantic City was “one of the most God-awful, wasteful municipal governments in America”. Mayor Langford answered the governor’s comments in an emailed statement that addressed them point-by-point. Langford said Christie’s comments are a poor reflection on state government, since Atlantic City has been monitored for the past three years by the N.J. Division of Community Affairs.
N.J. State Senator Jim Whelan-D announced on Wednesday his intention to run for a third term in the 2nd Legislative District. The campaign kick-off was attended by about a dozen local and county officials, including N.J. Senate President Stephen Sweeney. Whelan said he hopes the campaign will be focused on the issues instead of mudslinging. The 64 year-old Whelan, who also served three terms as mayor of Atlantic City, is expected to face Republican Frank Balles, Atlantic County shefiff, in November.
The City of Cape May introduced a $3.4 million bond ordinance to purchase land on the north side of town for a new park. Mayor Ed Mahaney told The Press of Atlantic City that he expects most of the purchase price of the 38-acres will be covered by Green Acres and Blue Acres funds. The new park will be located on Lafayette Street on the former Vance’s Bar property. There will be a public hearing on the ordinance in March prior to a vote by city council.
A new report says taxes will be going up in Wildwood Crest. The Press of Atlantic City reports that a new budget proposal calls for a tax increase of 1.9 cents. The proposal was rolled out during a meeting Wednesday. The overall dollar figures from the budget is up from $21.4 million to $22 million this year. Rising costs have forced many local governments to do more with less, Wildwood Crest touts the fact it has reduced its workforce through attrition over the past several years.
Cape May County tourism officials have returned home from a major travel show in Canada. Tourism Director Diane Wieland told 987 The Coast that Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno joined them for a press event in Canada to promote the shore being open for business. Wieland said interest in Cape May County was huge with information packets flying off their table. She also noted Guadagno has taken a real interest in promoting the shore and trying to ensure a great summer.
An Atlantic County woman and her child are both unharmed after a motor vehicle incident Wednesday morning. The Press of Atlantic City reports that a Northfield woman drove her Ford Mustang into the bay off the Downbeach Expressway in Egg Harbor Township Wednesday morning. The car floated, and both were able to escape the Mustang and make it safely to land. A tow truck eventually removed the vehicle from the water.
27 individuals have been arrested in New Jersey and charged with distributing child pornography through various internet sites. New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa unveiled the list of names of adults and one juvenile who shared the images and movies online. None of those charged are from Cape May County; one suspect is from Atlantic County. He is identified as 23 year old Nil Choudhury of Margate. All of the suspects have been charged with possession and distribution of child pornography.
The next time you ride on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry you will do so in better style and comfort. The Delaware River and Bay Authority announced today that the rehabilitation of the interior of three ferries is now complete and customers will enjoy a much more comfortable ride during their ferry experience. Additional seats with new fabrics and modern seat construction were added to the ferries in order to seat more people comfortably even when the ferry is full.
Lower Township Police say a local man has been arrested for allegedly assaulting his own son..with a mailbox. Township Police announced the arrest of 53 year old Andy Williamson, who allegedly assaulted his 25 year old son with the mailbox on Sunday. The incident occured in the 100 block of Locust Avenue and police believe Williamson pulled the mailbox out of the ground and attempted to strike his son with the object. Williamson was charged with one count of aggravated assault and other lesser charges.