By DONALD WITTKOWSKIIn the past three years, Ocean City has been spending millions of dollars to methodically clear out channels and lagoons clogged with mud and silt.The ambitious program will resume this fall following City Council’s approval Thursday night of two dredging contracts for a series of shallow lagoons along the back bays.City Business Administrator George Savastano said the dredging projects will boost the local economy by making Ocean City more attractive to boaters and by helping the bayfront marinas.“It’s good to have navigable waterways throughout all of the lagoons. It’s good for our boating community and good for our economy,” Savastano said in an interview after the Council meeting.One of the dredging projects will include the North Point Lagoon, the Waterfront Park & Marina and the Bayside Center. Charter Contracting Company LLC of Boston, the low bidder, was awarded a $1.4 million contract to dredge those areas.In a separate project, Charter Contracting was awarded a $915,000 contract to dredge the Snug, Sunny and South Harbors, Glen Cove, Bluefish Lagoon and 7th Street. Charter was also the low bidder for this project.Charter Contracting Company of Boston will perform the dredging work for Ocean City. (Courtesy of Charter Contracting Company website)The dredging program planned for this fall also includes what the city calls “maintenance projects” that will improve tidal flow and keep sediment from building up at the mouths of other lagoons.In 2018, Ocean City became the first municipality in New Jersey to receive a state permit allowing it to dredge along the entire length of the island.The permit from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection essentially gives the city blanket approval to dredge the bayfront from one end of town to the other. In the past, the city had to secure permits for each dredging project it had proposed.Boat slip owners are able to piggyback on the city’s dredging permits for their own projects. Under the voluntary program, property owners still have to pay for dredging their slips, but the process relieves them of some of the costs and headaches of doing the work on their own, including finding a disposal site for the sediment.Mayor Jay Gillian has repeatedly said that the dredging projects preserve property values, improve public safety, help the boat owners and marinas and protect the environment.City Council also approves a contract for the installation of artificial turf at the airport to discourage birds from congregating near the runway.In other business Thursday, Council awarded a $565,843 contract to low bidder Act Global Americas Inc. of Austin, Texas, to install artificial turf at Ocean City Municipal Airport. The artificial turf will discourage birds from congregating on the airport grounds and causing a potential danger for planes.The city is receiving a $618,764 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to install the artificial turf in different areas of the airport, including both ends of the runway.Artificial turf is supposed to make the airport less hospitable to seagulls and other birds, which graze next to the runway or make the bayside property their home.Savastano explained that birds prefer natural grass, so by placing artificial turf near the runway the hope is that they will go elsewhere.The airport’s expansive grounds next to the bay and marshlands make it a natural gathering spot for seagulls and other shore birds.The airport’s bayside location is a natural attraction for seagulls and other shore birds.Built in 1935, the airport’s claim to fame is that it is the only one in New Jersey located on a barrier island, giving tourist-dependent Ocean City another way to draw visitors to the beach resort.The airport is only a few blocks from the beach. During the summer, it is common to see pilots and their families get off their planes toting their beach chairs and umbrellas.Overall, the airport handles about 1,400 planes each year, with about 80 percent of the traffic arriving in the summer, the facility’s manager said last year. New contracts will continue the dredging program for lagoons and channels along the back bays.
On Sunday night, Roger Waters brought his massive “Us + Them” tour to Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth, GA. As he has been since the start of this tour in late May, the founding Pink Floyd bassist and his band wowed the near-capacity audience with his towering, visceral, multi-sensory, politically charged production and passionate takes on Floyd classics.Thanks to photographer Carol Spagnuola, you can view a spectacular gallery of photos from Roger Waters’ 7/16/17 “Us + Them” tour stop in Duluth, GA below. You can also check out a collection of fan-shot videos from the performance (courtesy of YouTube user Greg Perry) to get a feel for the unapologetic live stage production [i.e. the string of humanitarian pleas cycled onto the enormous screens during “Pigs (3 Different Ones)].“Money”“Welcome To The Machine”“The Last Refugee”“Wish You Were Here”“Dogs”“Pigs (3 Different Ones)”“Brain Damage > Eclipse”View VideosRoger Waters | Us + Them Tour | Infinite Energy Center | Duluth, GA | 7/16/17 | Photos: Carol Spagnuola Load remaining images
6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr One question we’ve been getting A LOT lately is around an issue that our team here at Social Stairway didn’t initially have a good answer for, and that is how to ensure that a credit union website is ADA compliant.This concern has begun to gain even more traction, highlighted by the recent warning from CUNA Mutual Group. When we began researching the topic we found a wide variety of potential solutions and varying answers to how CUs were tackling the ADA compliance issue. We also asked a few clients about how they were dealing with this new compliance topic.Some credit unions seem to be operating under the assumption that if web developers have assured them things are all good, they can just trust these developers and move forward. The problem with this is the developer may not be an expert in accessible design and he or she may have relied on a scanning tool to assess the website. Other CUs are very nervous about ADA compliance, but staff have concerns about where to start, so they have set the issue aside to deal with at a later date. continue reading »
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Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster Ronald Koeman is considering offering Fraser Forster a new Southampton contract this summer, with a host of clubs reportedly keen on the England goalkeeper.The 28-year-old has been one of the best stoppers in the division since returning from a long-term injury in January. He has played 12 games, conceding just nine goals, going on an impressive run of six games without letting a shot past him.His form has reportedly seen a host of top clubs start tracking Forster, and the Saints will consider offering him a new deal this summer to ward off any interest from said clubs.The keeper signed a four-year deal when signed from Celtic in 2014, and Koeman responded to questions about Forster’s future.When asked whether a new contract is on the horizon for the four-times capped star, the Dutch boss said: “That’s a possibility yes.”Losing Forster this summer would be a real blow to the South Coast club, who have spent the past few years seeing their key players leave at the end of every season.Forster is a target for Premier League sides along with the likes of Sadio Mane and Victor Wanyama, and whilst Koeman has plans to keep all his players, he is well aware that Southampton cannot compete with the teams who have endless amounts of money to spend in the transfer market.“We will try to hold onto everyone of course but we know our situation and we know we can’t win against the big teams with a lot of money,” the 53-year-old added.“But we will do everything we can to keep the players in.” 1