Amy S. Rosenberg / Inquirer Staff Writer
There was an election surprise in New Jersey after all.
In Atlantic City, where Mayor Lorenzo Langford, a local political fixture and Gov. Christie Saturday Night Live punching bag, was expected to win without problem, voters did a pivot. They elected Don Guardian, 60, the executive director of the city's Special Improvement District for the last 20 years.
The enormous electronic Billboard along the Margate bridge causeway that has been vexing the citizens of Northfield, Margate and everyone who drives in between had its day in court recently and lost. For obscure reasons, the causeway is within the meandering boundaries of Egg Harbor Township - that sprawling casino bedroom community whose own mayor admitted to the Press of Atlantic City recently that he could no longer afford its taxes. The EHT planning board gave the billboard a green light and left it to flash on and off every eight seconds so it could cast shadows on the bedroom wall of Dr. Ric Levitt, who lives on the bayfront on the Northfield side and sued.
Last week, Superior Court Judge Julio L. Mendez issued a 37-page opinion that sent the billboard matter back to the township, this time to the Zoning Board, which he said should have been the one to rule on the matter in the first place, since it is a use currently prohibited in a marine/commercial zone.
The billboard, erected in May, has been dark since June pending the legal action. It sits along a particularly picturesque stretch of causeway with osprey nests, old boat risers that look like Jesus's cross being carried, a few wooden billboards and long stretches of marshalnd. If only they allowed bicycles on the Margate bridge!
Don’t let the cooler than usual weather fool you — there’s still plenty of summer left at the New Jersey Shore. And plenty of places where you and your family can connect with nature and wildlife before most of the birds and sea creatures migrate to warmer climates for the winter.
One of my favorite spots for this is the Nature Center of Cape May, at 1600 Delaware Avenue, Cape May. Run by the New Jersey Audubon, the place sits right on the Cape May Harbor and has a terrific view.
But the fabulous programming at this all-weather facility is the really cool thing. A lot of what they have is free, including an observation tower, an indoor lounge area, art exhibits, a nature store, touch tanks and aquariums, a children’s play area, and a discovery garden. It’s not a big place, but there’s a lot packed into it.
Dead dolphin number 21 lay zipped inside a blue body bag, 61 inches from the tip of its bottle shaped nose to the point where the boat propeller had sliced off its tail.
A shark had taken some large bites out of its body, but only after its death. Its liver flapped out from the exposed flesh.
Like Miss America’s love-hate-love relationship with Atlantic City, beauty pageants at the New Jersey Shore may come and go.
But one that will apparently never leave its beloved perch in Ocean City is the Miss Crustacean Hermit Crab Beauty Pageant, a tongue-in-cheek event that will return to the Cape May County resort for its 40th year on Wednesday, Aug. 7.
“We would never move the pageant to Las Vegas or any other location,” said Mark Soifer, founder of the pageant and chairman of the National Association of Crab Activities at the Beach, or NASCRAB.
It may be hard to believe that the Cape May-Lewes Ferry will be 50 years old in 2014.
But it will.
And to celebrate that milestone, the Delaware River and Bay Authority which operates the ferry — actually a fleet of five ferries — is asking the public to share favorite experiences, memories, photos, and any other memorabilia for a special exhibit being created by the agency.
It may not be the tallest, but Hereford Inlet Lighthouse in North Wildwood may be New Jersey’s most quaint lighthouse.
Looking more like a residence than a lighthouse, the unique Swiss Carpenter Gothic-style structure, built in 1874 to mark the mouth of the Hereford Inlet, provides an ideal backdrop for a festival this weekend to celebrate the state’s rich maritime history.
Historians and authors are expected to join artists and crafters for the 2013 Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Maritime Festival on the lighthouse grounds and along Central Avenue in North Wildwood. The festival will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. It also will feature food and music and is billed as a “celebration of life by the sea.”
Dave Mason really rocked the Ocean City Music Pier this week during a one-night engagement that was part of a season-long Monday night concert series, which began in June with a Led Zeppelin tribute band called Get The Led Out and will eventually feature the likes of the Marshall Tucker Band, Leon Russell, and Jay & the Americans.
The Music Pier, on the Boardwalk at Moorlyn Terrace, is a great venue for live performance. The 1928 art deco-style music hall built on the ocean-side of the boardwalk, features various attractions throughout the summer, including the Miss New Jersey Pageant and weekly concerts by the Ocean City Pops Orchestra.
But the place really rocks when performers like Mason, 67, come to town.