A majority of the state supports lessen laws against marijuana possession and eliminating penalties all together for minimal possession. The Rutgers-Eagleton poll released on Tuesday shows the state is split on decriminalization of all marijuana possession. The poll showed that people absolutely believe the laws should be relaxed when it comes to marijuana.
A poker event that was shut down after the discovery of a cheater has reached a settlement with others involved. The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa is paying back the entry fee to everyone who didn’t make the top 450 in their winter poker tournament and $19,323 to each of the 27 players still in the tournament at the time of it being shut down. It was discovered that Christian Lusardi, of Fayatteville, N.C. brought fake chips into the event and had tried to flush $2.7 million in fake chips down the toiley.
An agreement between the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority and the City of Wildwood would move money around in the TDF to figure out how to pay for additional event support. The deal was put in place to ensure that certain beach events didn’t leave the beach in Wildwood. GWTIDA Chairman Tom Byrne told Coastal Broadcasting the plan would be to use existing funding the TDF had and take that money to help cover the additional cost for these beach events.
The City of Wildwood has raised its fees for this year on events to cover certain costs it deems the events do not pay for. Morey’s Piers threatened to move three of its beach events to surrounding communities if the ordinance wasn’t repealed.
An official announcement of the agreement is expected to be released later today.
March was another down month for the gaming industry in Atlantic City. New win figures show that the casinos posted a 1.9 percent drop in gaming revenue compared to the same month one year ago. The casinos took in only $221 million in revenue in March. Internet gaming was responsible for nearly $12 million in revenue.
Some wet weather in the forecast for Tuesday will likely delay some bridge work in Ocean City until Wednesday. Cape May County Engineer Dale Foster told the Ocean City Gazette that commuters can plan for delays on the 34th Street bridge on Wednesday as workers clean and repair the deck of the bridge. Foster says the maintenance work is minor but that bridge needs a complete rehabilitation.
941 bags of heroin, 37 bags of crack, and other drugs and cash were all recovered during a major drug bust in Wildwood just before the weekend. Cape May County Prosecutor Robert Taylor reports that four adults have been arrested on charged of drug possession and distribution offenses following an investigation at a home located in the 4300 block of Arctic Avenue. All four men were taken to the county jail on $160,000 cash bail apiece.
The owners of a popular pizza chain based in Ocean City were in court on Monday and pleaded not guilty to charges filed against them. 54 year old Charles Bangle and his 53 year old wife Mary are accused of hiding nearly $1 million from the Internal Revenue Service. The money was generated at Manco and Manco Pizza which has four locations. The couple is accused of skimming a large amount of money from the business over a four year period.
A small fire broke out at a Wildwood diner Monday afternoon. Fire officials were called to the scene of the Marvis Diner on Pacific Avenue when the rear of the building caught on fire. The small blaze started in the trash area behind the restaurant. There were no injuries, and the diner was not open for business at the time of the fire. The cause is accidental in nature.
New Jersey drivers have experienced a staggering 1.4 million motor vehicle accidents over the past decade due to distracted driving. Those figures were released by New Jersey Acting Attorney General John Hoffman, who says the state has experienced a so called “distracted driving decade”. Law enforcement authorities statewide are currently enforcing the state’s cell phone and electronic device violations; the crackdown ends the day after Easter.
There is a deal in place for the City of Wildwood to rescind a fee structure ordinance involving their beaches. Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano told Coastal Broadcasting that the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority and the city had a deal in place that would provide additional event related funding to come to Wildwood in exchange for Wildwood dropping its new beach event fee structure. Morey’s Piers had threatened to move three beach events from Wildwood to surrounding communities if the fee schedule wasn’t changed by the next Wildwood Commission meeting.