Authors Posts by Donald Wittkowski

Donald Wittkowski


Playland’s Castaway Cove Asks for Removal of Boardwalk Ramp

A senior executive with Playland’s Castaway Cove urged city officials Thursday night to remove a Boardwalk ramp that is blocking construction deliveries for a rebuilding project at the popular amusement park. Brian Hartley, Playland’s vice president, said deliveries of concrete, steel and lumber can’t be made at this time because the newly installed ramp at 10th Street has cut off access.

Cape May County Tourism Recovers in 2021

Cape May County is touting itself as the “Comeback Kid” of New Jersey’s tourism industry after fully recovering from COVID-19 shutdowns that sent spending and the number of visitors in the seashore communities plummeting in 2020.

Ocean City’s 34th Street Entryway in Need of Facelift

Front gateway? Or back entrance? The 34th Street corridor’s aesthetically challenged appearance stands in sharp contrast to its status as Ocean City’s second-busiest entryway. Ocean City officials and local residents agree that the 34th Street-Roosevelt Boulevard artery is dramatically in need of a facelift to make it a more inviting entrance into town.

Ocean City Not Relenting in Battle Against Wind Farm

Ocean City is not giving up its fight against a proposed offshore wind energy farm seeking state permission to run an underground transmission line through town to connect with the land-based power grid, Mayor Jay Gillian told local residents Saturday. “We still have a long way to go with this,” Gillian said during a discussion of the project during a public meeting organized by City Council President Bob Barr for residents of his Fourth Ward district. Barr said he is beginning to sense that the project’s developer, the Danish energy company Orsted, may be growing concerned about the money it will ultimately have to spend to build the wind farm.

Ocean City’s Business Community Gets Ready for Wacky “Plunge”

For his full-time job, John Walton is a real estate broker in Ocean City. But he also has a part-time gig this time of year as the irrepressible hype-master for one of the zaniest traditions in the beach resort’s summer entertainment lineup. Known as the Business Persons Plunge, the spectacle serves as an unorthodox good luck charm at the start of the Memorial Day weekend to usher in a strong tourism season for the business community. On May 27, Walton will lead a contingent of high-stepping, nattily attired businessmen and women down the beach and straight into the ocean amid the strains of “Pomp and Circumstance” played by the Ocean City High School Marching Band.

City Council Delays Vote on 2022 Budget

City Council held off voting on the 2022 municipal budget Thursday night while negotiations continue on a trash collection contract that could impact the proposed $88.8 million spending plan. The decision to postpone a budget vote until the May 26 meeting came after Council went into executive session for an hour and 20 minutes to discuss the trash contract and possible litigation against its waste-hauling company, Gold Medal Environmental.

Mayor Gillian Wins; Bergman, Polcini and Madden Take Council Seats

Mayor Jay Gillian won re-election to a fourth term Tuesday night, defeating challenger Keith Hartzell in a showdown pitting two high-profile, veteran Ocean City politicians. In the race for three City Council at-large seats, incumbents Karen Bergman and Pete Madden won re-election and were joined by their running mate and political newcomer, Tony Polcini.

Ocean City’s Trash Hauler Back on Job; Contract Negotiations Continue

Ocean City’s waste-hauling company has agreed to “fully honor” its trash and recycling contract while negotiations continue to resolve a financial dispute. Gold Medal Environmental issued a news release April 29 stating that it would cease recycling pickups in Ocean City as of Monday, May 2, because it had been unable to reach an agreement with the city. However, the company resumed recycling pickups Tuesday while both sides continue negotiations, city spokesman Doug Bergen said in a statement.

Flood-Control Project Coming for Ocean City Neighborhood

Todd Chamberlain recalled the times that he’s carried his children through water. Not through a stream or a pond or even in the ocean. It was on his street – Waterway Road. “I’ve waded through the water. I’ve carried my kids through the water when it was too deep to drive through,” said Chamberlain, who has lived on Waterway Road in Ocean City for more than 20 years. But Mayor Jay Gillian and other Ocean City officials assured Chamberlain and other residents of Waterway Road of plans to greatly reduce the flooding in their neighborhood by elevating the road and making a series of drainage improvements.

Contract Dispute Will Not Cause Disruptions in Trash Service, City Officials...

Ocean City has become embroiled in a contract dispute with its waste-hauling company, but Mayor Jay Gillian assured residents that recycling and trash collection will continue without any disruptions or delays. “There will be no disruption in service. All services will continue on time,” Gillian said in an interview Saturday. Gold Medal Environmental, or GME, has been under contract to provide trash and recycling pickups for Ocean City for the past four years at about $1.5 million annually. With less than a year remaining on a five-year contract, Gold Medal demanded that Ocean City pay an additional $1.4 million for the balance of 2022, the city said in a statement.