Friday, September 19, 2014
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Deer on a pier: Downbeach deer finds his place in the sun.

Bucky the deer, who rose to legendary status while roaming the streets of Margate and Ventnor before wandering into the wrong neighborhood and being shot to death by Atlantic City police (yes, really), has been immortalized on a beach badge.

Deer on a pier: Downbeach deer finds his place in the sun.

Ah Bucky. We were never quite sure how you got on the island (over the Margate bridge? swimming? down the Black Horse Pike?) But we loved you while you were here in our streets last spring, mourned your death at the hands of the law when you wandered into the wrong neighborhood in Atlantic City, and now, have immortalized you in a way no offshore community ever could: on a beach badge. The deer whose adventures in the streets of Margate and Ventnor were captured by residents and, famously, by Margate firefighter Michael Palmer in the video below, before being shot to death by an Atlantic City policeman last October after wandering too close to a casino porte cochere, will be on beach badges shared by the two towns this summer ($7 now, $15 in June). Designed by a student in a contest, the beach badge features a white-tailed deer on a wooden walkway over the ocean and sand. In other words: deer on a pier. RIP Bucky. Like so many, your luck may have run out when you hit Atlantic City, but downbeach will never forget. We take care of our own. 

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About this blog

Inquirer staff writer Amy S. Rosenberg has covered Philly police, city neighborhoods, Ed Rendell as mayor, the Jersey shore, Atlantic City, Miss America and the psychology of Eagles fans. She moved to Ventnor on July 3, 1995, which makes her a local, but not really.

Inquirer Staff Writer Jacqueline L. Urgo has spent every summer of her life at the Jersey Shore, and has lived there year-round for nearly 30 years, even fulfilling one of her bucket list dreams by once living in a house by the sea.

Since 1990, she has covered the waterfront for The Inquirer — from the Atlantic to the Delaware Bay shore — and some of the mainland in between. Along the way, she amassed an encyclopedic knowledge of this tear-it-down-and-build-it-back-up region, delving into the history and the hype of a place with a lot of unexpected stories to tell.

Reach The Downashore at arosenberg@phillynews.com.

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