Thursday, December 27, 2012
Superstorm Sandy repairs, appointments, the Bellevue Hotel and new FEMA guidelines among items discussed.
At a public meeting Thursday afternoon at the Ocean City Free Public Library, City Council approved $2.4 million in spending for Superstorm Sandy repairs. But here are five other things that might be of special interest:
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Council will vote on spending and contracts related to Superstorm Sandy, an ice-cream concession contract and various appointments.
City Council meets at noon Thursday at the Ocean City Free Public Library for its final public meeting of 2012. The meeting was rescheduled from 7 p.m. to noon to accommodate vacation schedules. Council has a full agenda (see attached PDF for agenda items and supporting documentation), but here are five things that might be of special interest:
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Council will consider a full slate of measures related to the Schilling estate, Superstorm Sandy, the Bellevue Hotel and a Trenton bill that would eliminate beach tag fees.
City Council has a full agenda (see attached PDF for agenda and supporting documents) for its public meeting Thursday (Dec. 13) in the lecture room at the Ocean City Free Public Library. The meeting will start at 6 p.m. with an executive session closed to the public, but council likely will reconvene for public session at the regular starting time of 7 p.m. Here are 10 things that might be of special interest:
Friday, October 12, 2012
Demolition of the century-old hotel nears completion.
Demolition crews have turned the six-story Bellevue Hotel into a pile of rubble at Eighth Street and Ocean Avenue, and trucks are continuing to haul away the debris. In an update to City Council on Thursday (Oct. 11), Ocean City Business Administrator Mike Dattilo said the debris removal had been slightly delayed as the contractor worked out landfill issues. The city awarded a $158,000 contract to Terra Technical Services, LLC, of Downingtown, Pa., to complete the work. The abandoned hotel had been declared unsafe in early September, and officials ordered its immediate demolition. But on the second day of demolition (Sept. 28), a worker's blowtorch likely caused a fire on the upper floors of the century-old building and led to a massive …
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Ocean City Business Administrator Mike Dattilo reported that an updated version of the Master Plan Re-Examination is posted on the City of Ocean City website in advance of the Wednesday, Oct. 17 meeting when it could be approved by the Planning Board. He also said an updated Road Ratings report is posted. The rating system determines priorities for street improvements in Ocean City. City Council approved the final reading of an amended ordinance that requires irrigation system workers to be "properly licensed." The local ordinance mimics a state regulation but gives Ocean City the teeth to enforce it. Violations will be punishable by a $250 fine for a first offense and subsequent $500 fines. City Council voted unanimously to appropriate $…
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
The century-old hotel burned on Friday during demolition.
A potential fight between the City of Ocean City and the state Historic Preservation Office went up in smoke with the Bellevue Hotel on Friday. In a letter dated Sept. 25 (see attached PDF), Preservation Office Administrator Daniel Saunders said the "six-story, front main building shall be stabilized and mothballed." The hotel was built before 1907, though the exact date is not known, according to the Ocean City Historical Museum. It is part of the state-designated Ocean City Residential Historic District. But the city did not have preservation in mind when it awarded a $158,000 emergency contract to Terra Technical Services, LLC, of Downingtown, Pa., to demolish the entire hotel. After a neighbor discovered an exterior wall bulging at …
Friday, September 28, 2012
Cousins recall an era when the hotel was a vibrant part of summer in Ocean City.
Demolition of the Bellevue Hotel began on Thursday and the building burned on Friday. The scene at Eighth Street and Ocean Avenue offered a portrait of decay and devastation: asbestos removal signs, one side of the six-story building bulging at unnatural angles, and finally smoke and flames pouring from the dilapidated century-old structure. But when Sandy Adolf and Scott Adams look at the Bellevue, they see something quite different. They see men and women dressed for dinner, bellmen in starched jackets operating an elevator, a baby grand piano in the lobby and guests in rocking chairs on a large front porch. They see an "old-world classic," Adolf says. Adolf and Adams are cousins who spent summers living in a hotel their parents helped …
Multiple units battled a fire at Eighth Street and Ocean Avenue in Ocean City on Friday.
Firefighters from Ocean City and several other cities battled a fire on the upper floors of the dilapidated Bellevue Hotel in Ocean City for several hours on Friday. The fire is under control, and nobody was injured in the firefighting effort. Demolition of the abandoned building began on Thursday, and crews were continuing work on Friday (Sept. 28) when the fire started about 10:30 a.m. "The demolition team on location had been removing a fire escape from the north side of the building using acetylene torches," Fire Chief Christopher Breuenig said in a news conference. "Upon taking a morning break, upon returning, they noticed smoke coming from the top part of the eaves of the four-story section." Breunig said he was first on the scene …
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Council considers licensing irrigation system workers, Bellevue Hotel, the Life Saving Station, flooding and seven lawsuits.
At its public meeting on Thursday (Sept. 27), City Council discussed changes to the Master Plan and heard updates on dredging and beach replenishment projects, but here are five other things that might be of interest:
Friday, September 14, 2012
Council hears about the Master Plan update, approves holiday decorations and more.
At its public meeting on Thursday at City Hall, City Council heard a glowing report from an outside auditor on the city's financial practices, but here are five other things that might be of interest: