Solar in the Pines, Margate Lake – Tuesday’s Roundup

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Solar in the Pines
An appeals court on Monday upheld a decision that conveyed a chunk of deed-restricted Pinelands to be developed as a solar farm, NJ Spotlight reports. The solar project, first proposed 11 years ago, was contested by environmental groups who said it went against the Pinelands Comprehensive Management Plan. It was not immediately clear what kind of ramifications the appeals court opinion might have for the controversial gas pipelines that have also been challenged by local environmental groups.

Margate Lake
The lake that formed between the recently-constructed (and long-protested) dunes and beach houses in Margate after heavy rain over the weekend has now been dubbed Lake Christie. And Margate Commissioners will be meeting tonight to discuss legal action, reports Amy Rosenberg for The Philadelphia Inquirer. The lake’s development was forecast by a civil engineer who testified in court last year on behalf of residents who launched a legal battle to challenge the dunes. The engineer’s prediction of a 100-foot-wide pond of water that would accumulate mosquitos, oil, grease, car parts and pesticides was dismissed as “fantastical” by the judge who allowed the project to proceed, Rosenberg writes.

In the rest of the day’s news, South Jersey will see the sun about 75 percent eclipsed on Aug 21 (that link is to the National Weather Service which also has details on which companies make certified safe filters through which to view the eclipse), the Atlantic City Rail Line is suspended for two weeks between Cherry Hill and Philadelphia after a bridge was damaged (there’s a replacement bus service in effect) Hobby Lobby is moving in to Hamilton Commons next year, it’s now up to Gov. Chris Christie to sign a bill that would require the state to offer early retirement incentives before laying of Atlantic City public safety employees, lawmakers and advocates say there’s a nursing crisis in NJ but Christie disagrees, and US Sen. Bob Menendez was in Atlantic City yesterday to tour the Stockton site. All that and more below:

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