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Donald Wittkowski


Ocean City Calls for Halt to Offshore Wind Activity Amid Whale...

Ocean City has become the latest community to call for an investigation into whether a series of whale deaths at the Jersey Shore and elsewhere along the East Coast are being caused by development work on a proposed offshore wind energy project. Mayor Jay Gillian and City Council want an immediate halt on the Ocean Wind 1 project pending the competition of a full investigation into seven whale deaths along the New Jersey and New York coast since early December.

Tahiti Inn Sells to Ocean City Investor

Cecilia Gallelli-Keyes said she will treasure the friendships that her family developed with so many of their guests and employees at the Tahiti Inn in Ocean City. The Gallelli family owned the Tahiti Inn since 1989, but now they have sold the motel to an investor who has been on a buying spree of late in Ocean City.

Toll Increase Offsets Traffic Decline on Shore Bridges in 2022

Tolls were up. Traffic was down. In a nutshell, that’s what happened in 2022 on the five toll bridges linking the Cape May County beach communities.

Orsted Takes Full Control of South Jersey Wind Farm Project

Danish energy company Orsted announced Wednesday that it is buying out its U.S. partner to take full control of a controversial wind energy farm proposed off the South Jersey coast. Orsted and New Jersey-based Public Service Enterprise Group entered into a partnership in 2020 to jointly develop the Ocean Wind 1 project, but now PSEG is selling its 25 percent stake to Orsted. Terms of the deal were not announced.

Ocean City Targets Rowdy Teens Using New Strategy

Ocean City will try to rein in groups of rowdy teenagers that have been disrupting the vital summer tourism season two years in a row by giving police more power to take juveniles into custody. City Council gave final approval Thursday night to a new ordinance that will classify a litany of minor offenses such as underage drinking, curfew violations and littering as a “breach of the peace” to allow police to detain juveniles who allegedly break local laws.

Six Dead Whales: Are Offshore Wind Projects to Blame?

Environmental groups Monday called for a federal investigation into whether sonar mapping related to proposed offshore wind energy farms is responsible for what they say is an unprecedented series of whale deaths along the New Jersey and New York coasts. In all, six dead whales, predominantly juveniles, have washed up in the last 33 days on the beaches from Cape May to Montauk Point, N.Y., including two in the past three weeks in Atlantic City and one in Strathmere in early December, they said.

Ocean City Awards New Contract for Jitney Service

Those lime green and white jitneys will be traveling along the streets of Ocean City again next summer, bringing cheap and convenient public transportation for passengers heading to the Boardwalk or downtown shopping district. City Council on Thursday approved a $67,825 contract with the Atlantic City Jitney Association to operate the shuttle service for the second summer in a row.

Ocean City to Try New Strategy to Stop Rowdy Juveniles

Ocean City will utilize a new tactic as part of a broader strategy to try to prevent large groups of rowdy juveniles from disrupting the pivotal summer tourism season. During its last meeting of 2022, City Council introduced a lengthy ordinance Thursday that would classify a litany of minor offenses such as curfew violations or littering as a “breach of the peace” to give police more power to detain juveniles who allegedly break local laws.

Ocean City Realtor Donates $3 Million for New Airport Terminal

Berger Realty owner Leon Grisbaum, an avid pilot who has been flying for nearly 75 years, is donating $3 million to help build a new terminal at Ocean City Municipal Airport that will bear his and his wife's names. The donation was announced Thursday night by Mayor Jay Gillian at the same time his administration unveiled a $146.2 million, five-year capital plan to finance an array of infrastructure improvements across the city, including a new public safety building.

Ocean City-Longport Bridge’s Fishing Pier to Get Makeover

Miles and miles of picturesque views of the Great Egg Harbor Inlet unfold from the fishing pier of the Ocean City-Longport Bridge. The view of the fishing pier itself, though, is not so alluring. The wood railings appear rotted in places, benches have holes in them, trash cans are deteriorated and even the pier’s concrete deck is dingy. Recognizing that a makeover is needed, the public agency that operates the Ocean City-Longport Bridge is planning to give the fishing pier an overhaul to make it more inviting to anglers and visitors.