AC Brewery, Money & Politics, Agroecology, EHT’s Alleged ED Drug Smuggler – Wednesday’s Roundup

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AC Brewery
The Press of Atlantic City interviews Christopher DeWalt, who has secured over $1 million in state tax credits to relocate his brewery from Pennsylvania to AC – where it will be right next door to Little Water Distillery in the inlet. “Getting state funding is not an easy deal for anyone, but Atlantic City made the pain much easier to deal with because they were there every step of the way,” DeWalt said. His plan includes bringing 15 employees to the city by the end of the first year and employing 85 to 100 workers at the end of his 10-year tax credit program.

Money & Politics
NJ Spotlight profiles the executive director of the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) which yesterday held its first full meeting in almost a year, after waiting on Gov. Chris Christie to nominate replacements to fill two empty seats. ELEC is charged with overseeing campaign finance filings from the roughly 6,000 political candidates in the state (!) and it also handles quarterly and annual lobbyist filings. “Things have just gotten so much more complicated regarding campaign finances,” said Jeffrey Brindle, executive director of the commission. “There’s so much more money involved in recent years with the growth of independent spending.”

Susan Allen / Stockton University

For his “Plants and Agriculture” course, Ron Hutchinson, associate professor of Biology, and his students meet at the Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA) greenhouse to grow a variety of produce.

Stockton Students Study Ecology & Agriculture
A group of Stockton students are studying a blend of agriculture and ecology that will prepare them to live sustainably. The course is part of Stockton University’s Agroecology track in the Sustainability program. Yesterday the students visited the ACUA greenhouse to plant seeds for their Earth Day plant sales. You can see more pictures here.

EHT’s Alleged ED Drug Smuggler
We don’t usually get into the salacious news in the Roundup but this story – well, people are going to be talking about it. Former Egg Harbor Township (and Mays Landing) resident Merwin Marc Snyder, 64, was deported from China last month and is now facing charges in federal court in Camden for smuggling erectile dysfunction and abortion-inducing drugs into the United States. The Press of Atlantic City has the story.

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The rest of the headlines from the last 24 hours include news on Margate’s tax increase (yup, in spite of ratables going up), New Jersey is appealing the summer flounder quota reductions, a map of German supermarket chain Lidl’s planned openings in South Jersey (including one in Atlantic County), and – for our politically-interested readers – there are some bizarre maneuverings afoot in Camden county, related to hospital emergency-response times. All that and more below:

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