A beach fill in Stone Harbor has been completed. Borough officials tell 987 The Coast that the dredging is finished. Roughly 800,000 cubic yards of sand were placed on the beachfront. The company is in the process of demobilizing. The work took place from the southern end of Stone Harbor all the way to Avalon’s 78th St. beach. The beach fill was initially supposed to take place before the start of the summer, but was delayed and had to be finished in July.
The final lineup has been set for the 106.3 WJSE and Philadelphia Soul Summer Slam Sports and Music Festival. Headliners include Fuel, Hoobastank, and Alien Ant Farm. They concert will also feature Ballyhoo! as an opener. The concert will be held on the Schellenger Ave. beach in Wildwood on Aug. 24. The event will also include a large flag football tournament. Free tickets have already been given out. VIP tickets are still available through wjserocks.com.
Officials from The Netherlands were given a tour of the Avalon beachfront on Wednesday. After Hurricane Sandy struck in October, Dutch officials were approached by the U.S. government to exchange ideas and techniques on beach protection. Rob de Vos, Consul General of The Netherlands, spoke at a press conference and shared some of his country’s mitigation strategies. One technique is called a “Sand Motor”, that uses winds and tides to naturally complete the beach restoration process. Cape May County Director of Tourism Diane Wieland also spoke about the popularity of the beach for summer tourists. She said that 89 percent of Jersey Shore visitors come because of the beach, and generate $5.2 billion of taxable revenue each year.
The Stone Harbor Art Craft and Family Festival is returning to the resort this weekend. The annual tradition will take place on Saturday and Sunday on the 80th St. field. The free admission festival includes some of the best vendors on the east coast and great food choices. The festival features an area for the kids as well.
A local lawmaker is making a push to get equal wages for workers in the state. Senator Jim Whelan introduced legislation that would provide an additional layer of oversight and enforcement of the New Jersey Prevailing Wage Act by ensuring contractors are paying their employees a prevailing wage. The bill would provide that if a person makes a bid for a public project that is 10 percent or more lower than the next lowest bid, they would be required to provide proof that the prevailing wage rates will be paid.
The Sea Isle City Beach Patrol (SICBP) will host their 43rd Annual Captain Bill Gallagher 10-Mile Island Run along Sea Isle’s Beach and Promenade on Aug. 10. With over 1500 athletes participating each year, this event is one of the largest athletic competitions in the region. The race will begin at 5:30 p.m., rain or shine. Trophies and cash prizes will be awarded to the event’s overall top performers in numerous divisions.
The South Jersey Transportation Authority began a countdown that will culminate with the 50th birthday celebration of the opening of the Atlantic City Expressway in July of 2014. The Expressway first opened at noon on July 31, 1964, connecting motorists from State Highway 42 to the Garden State Parkway, easing travel to Cape May County shore points. A year later, in July 1965, the Expressway opened to its current terminus in Atlantic City, enabling motorists to make the trip from Philadelphia to Atlantic City at the posted speed limit of 70 miles per hour without encountering a traffic light or stop sign.
A franchise owner of T.G.I. Fridays is going to pay $500,000 for replacing top shelf liquor with a cheap replacement. Briad Group, a franchisee of the T.G.I. Friday’s restaurants in New Jersey raided in May as part of “Operation Swill,” will pay the fine. Briad will pay the ABC $400,000 for its violations plus $100,000 for investigative costs. In addition, a five-day suspension for each establishment will be held in abeyance until June 30, 2014; those days will be dismissed if there are no further drink-substituting charges.
A Somers Point man was sentenced to 29 years in prison for his involvement in a 2011 fatal crash. Antonio Vargas was previously convicted of all counts against him, including the vehicular homicide and aggravated manslaughter of Kevin Botta, 33, of Somers Point. Additionally, Vargas was sentenced to thousands of dollars in fines and a lifetime suspension of his driver’s license. Vargas becomes eligible for parole from state prison in 22 years and one month.
Bridgeton Police are looking for two men in a stolen car who allegedly robbed a deli and other similar crimes. Police report that the suspects stole a 1994 Oldsmobile Cutlass from the Cumberland County Mall and then robbed the Bridgeton Deli, taking cash, cigarettes and employee’s cellphones at gunpoint. Anyone with information on the robbery is urged to contact the Bridgeton Police Department.