Dunes, Opioids, Malls, Brigantine Surf Jam – Friday’s Roundup

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Dune Project Delayed
Margate’s dune project has been temporarily suspended by Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Julio Mendez, who described drainage problems related to the project as the cause of “irreparable harm” to the city, according to an article published by the Press of Atlantic City.
The lack of proper drainage has resulted in 15 inches of stagnant water locked behind the newly constructed dune. Mayor Michael Becker has stated tests have shown the pooled water to be loaded with bacteria, and two lifeguards have been treated for infection and fever due to extended contact with the water.

New Online Portal Aims to Combat Opioid Epidemic
New Jersey’s Division of Consumer Affairs announced the launch of its Suspicious Activity Report portal on Thursday in a press release. The Division described the portal as the latest feature of the NJ Prescription Monitoring Program. As the state continues to be overwhelmed by a painkiller epidemic, the SAR portal may be used to report doctors and pharmacists suspected of illegally peddling opioids.

My Mall is Better Than Your Mall
NJ.com ranked the Garden State’s 29 shopping malls from worst to best, and many of the lowest-scoring locations reside in South Jersey. The website takes no prisoners, delivering particularly scathing reviews of the Harbor Square and Ocean County malls. Check the link to see where your local shopping center falls on the list.

Brigantine Ramps up for Annual Surf Jam
The island’s long-running competition will take place sometime next week, as event coordinators wait for optimal weather conditions before deciding upon a date. The Beachcomber ran an excellent piece on the volunteer-led contest, which has been held in its current incarnation for the past 12 years. Revenue generated by the Surf Jam is placed in scholarships or donated to local causes.

In the rest of the day’s news, Atlantic City’s firefighters and the state’s takeover attorney’s are back in court (follow Lynda Cohen at BreakingAC for all the details), a recently-acquitted Atlantic City principal has been brought up on new charges, a local author has published a book on Cape May’s culinary history, an unidentified body has been been found near the former Revel Casino and arrests have been made in connection to the June 25 killing of a Winslow Township woman. All that and more below:

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