Water (and More Water) and Peaches – Wednesday’s Roundup

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Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo hopes there will be new discussion about combining Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA) with the Atlantic City water authority, according to a letter he sent on Wednesday.

“The time is now to ensure that Atlantic City’s prestigious water company stays in public hands,” wrote Mazzeo in the letter addressed to the two top executives at the authorities and lawyer Jeff Chiesa, who is charged with overseeing the state takeover of Atlantic City.

The ACUA and the Atlantic City Municipal Utilities Authority (ACMUA) last year held talks about working together to help the city water authority generate more income, which would have helped bolster the city’s own financial position. Read more at Route 40.

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Atlantic City Council on Tuesday agreed to uphold citizens’ rights to a vote on any action that would sell or lease the city’s water authority. The ACMUA’s fate as one of the city’s few remaining assets has hung in the balance since the state takeover. The takeover gives the state the power to do whatever it likes with the water authority, but community organizers gathered thousands of signatures to mount a legitimate challenge to any such action by the state. The city council’s vote “is a direct challenge to the state takeover of Atlantic City engineered by Governor Chris Christie,” wrote the organizers in a press release. “Politically powerful water companies in the state had expressed interest in taking over the city’s public system,” the statement added. Amy Rosenberg has more details for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

File under: Even More Water – NJSpotlight has a piece looking at state’s new water supply master plan. Critics are critical of it.

New Jersey agriculture officials say this year’s crop of peaches is a bumper one (we got some from the Ventnor Farmers Market – Fridays, 9-12 outside St James – and we’d have to agree). Apparently, the weather was just right to create the perfect peach here this year – New Jersey 101.5 has the details. And in case your mouth is watering, here’s a list of pick-your-own farms in South Jersey.

Congressman Frank LoBiondo of New Jersey’s 2nd District said this, regarding yesterday’s national headlines:

In the rest of the day’s local headlines, the Atlantic City Fire Department came under fire last night while responding to a gunshot victim, a new federal bill would give slightly less money to the Community Development Block Grant program which pays for a lot of projects in South Jersey, one of the Bridgegate masterminds probably won’t get prison time, the Casino Control Commission approved Caesars Entertainment’s bankruptcy plan (because what else was it going to do, really?), and New Jersey E-Z Pass holders get ripped off in New York. All that and more below:

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