Porchfest, PILOT Fight, Legal Bills – Friday’s Roundup

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Have you heard about Porchfest? It’s going to be a big party made up of a lot of little parties, on porches, with live bands, in Ventnor, on June 11. It’s a little different to your average shore town entertainment. We sat down with Michael Einwechter (of Ventnor Coffee) to find out more.

Looking up, downstairs at The Claridge.

Are you sitting comfortably? Do you have some popcorn ready? Well, Atlantic County residents, your county taxes (which are likely going up this year) are going to be used to buy some lawyers to fight the reason those taxes are probably going up this year. Something like that. Yesterday, the county put out a request for legal help and said it could bring an injunction against the state law that reduced the casinos’ share of county-wide property taxes (aka the casino PILOT law). We wrote about it here.

Legal Bills
Speaking of legal bills, Amy Rosenberg of The Philadelphia Inquirer did some muckraking of the cost of the state’s Atlantic City takeover so far. We’re at $1.1 million in invoices from the Christie-friendly law firm of Jeffrey Chiesa. The lawyers are trying to break the contracts of police and firefighters in Atlantic City but they also appear to be looking at the city’s water authority, the MUA. It’s not clear exactly how, though. “One invoice labeled “MUA” that was released by the state was initially sent blank. It was later resent by the state attorney general’s records office to include bills totaling $13,734.92, split among seven partners of the law firm,” Rosenberg reports.

Remembering Tyler Quinter, 13, of Oaklyn

In the rest of the day’s news, there were four overdose deaths in Atlantic County in one week, despite two massive drug seizures, a panel of experts expects this summer season to be a big one for the tourism industry and the newly renovated Brown’s Park in Atlantic City will reopen for Memorial Day. All that and more below:

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