The dune work in Margate is going ahead again but with some conditions, after a federal judge lifted the order that halted the construction project. The conditions are designed to increase safety in the event of any future ponding between the dunes and the bulkhead. Judge Renee Marie Bumb said the work should go ahead so Margate would not be left unprotected from storms during hurricane season. The Army Corps of engineers said it is working on solutions to the ponding problem. Read more via The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Amy Rosenberg.
New Jersey wine is a real thing that’s here to stay and more people are dreaming of growing their own vines. Turning that dream into a reality is harder than it might sound, though. The Philadelphia Inquirer takes a neat look behind the scenes of Rutgers University’s “Wine Grape Summer Camp” and met some of the adventurous vineyard owners and the viticulture experts.
AC Community Fund
A new fund has been set up to “foster private giving, strengthen service providers and improve the conditions of the City of Atlantic City.” The fund will be backed by three New Jersey non-profit groups: Creative New Jersey, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the Community Foundation of South Jersey (CFSJ). The CFSJ will legally manage the AC Community Fund as a non profit. The group is currently seeking board members and the organizers will require that more than two thirds of the board be Atlantic City residents. You can apply here. The fund will receive donations and gifts and manage charitable assets – it will seek to return funds to the community via grants awarded by a peer-reviewed application process. “Grants will be awarded to organizations whose missions are committed to improving the current and future quality of life within the City of Atlantic City,” the press release says. Find out more about the AC Community Fund via its website.
In the rest of the day’s news, the local organizers of Stop the Heroin are featured in this week’s People magazine, Atlantic County’s master plan is open to public review, state Assemblyman Chris Brown says Atlantic County should get its full share of casino tax payments after agreeing to take on some Atlantic City services, Burlington County freeholders have denounced the confederate flags spotted at the county farm fair, and read about Nucky Johnson and more of NJ’s most infamous residents by county. All that and more below: