Atlantic County’s Zombie Homes
There are more than 4,600 foreclosed and vacant homes in Atlantic County, also known as “zombie” homes. We put together an interactive map so you can drill down and see what your corner of the county looks like. Atlantic City has had a lot of attention for its foreclosure crisis but actually the foreclosure rate at the start of the year in Galloway and Egg Harbor Township was twice that of AC. The full story, with the map, is here.
No one seems to be at all sure quite how much snow we could see overnight and into tomorrow, but it is going to be very wet and windy starting from this evening as the Nor’easter rolls in. You can check out the forecast direct from the National Weather Service here. Right now for the Atlantic City area it’s saying rain and sleet, but the forecast for western Atlantic County is for snow.
NJ Spotlight takes a look at two potential offshore wind energy projects along the Massachusetts and New York coasts, and why there is not much progress – in spite of interest – in New Jersey. “Although Gov. Chris Christie signed a law more than six years ago promoting offshore wind, his views of the technology have cooled because of the cost of electricity produced by the turbines.” Read more here.
The rest of the headlines from the weekend and this morning include news on new barriers to protect sensitive Pinelands Pond areas, 30 NJ towns with the lowest property tax bills (featuring Atlantic County’s Folsom and Corbin City) and CRDA’s hearing on the Atlantic City Tourism District Master Plan (this afternoon). All that and more below:
Pleasantville Officials Working to Stabilize City–With one out of 10 homes in Pleasantville vacant, officials are touting the success of two programs aimed at keeping residents from losing their homes and keeping those properties that are abandoned from becoming eyesores and public safety problems.
The city’s effort to register abandoned or vacant homes, funded by a $500 registration fee that deedholders pay, has resulted in $200,000 in revenue. Press of Atlantic City
Allegations of Animal Abuse at Local Shelter are False, New Report Concludes–Allegations of abuse at the Atlantic County Animal Shelter are unfounded, according to a preliminary report by the local SPCA. Press of Atlantic City
EHT Police say Potential Threat to High School Not Credible–Rumors of a potential threat surrounding Egg Harbor Township high school circulated on social media are not credible, according to a statement by the Egg Harbor Township Police Department.
The police department will be present at Egg Harbor Township High School Monday morning as a precaution. Press of Atlantic City
South Jersey Industries Promotions–South Jersey Industries, the Folsom-based energy company and parent to South Jersey Gas, has made a string of promotions, including Jeffrey DuBois to executive vice president and COO, from president of South Jersey Gas and executive vice president of South Jersey Industries. Philly.com
Heaviest Snow Expected to Miss South Jersey; High Winds, Flooding Problematic–One week before the start of spring, the area is gearing up for what could be the largest storm of the season. Although much of South Jersey will not see high snow totals, the threat of high winds, flooding and heavy rain could make for a messy commute Tuesday morning. Press of Atlantic City