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Jersey Shore Lifeguard says small device does the trick no need for legislation

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“As a Jersey Shore lifeguard with 2 decades of experience, I’ve seen at least a dozen injuries from metal umbrella posts that that fly like spears, when blown into beachgoers on windy days or with wind gusts. The answer to the problem is simple and inexpensive. You buy a metal spiral-like helical device that you turn into the sand. Your umbrella goes into the device and is secured with a thumb screw. The device has ‘handles that make it easier to ‘screw’ deeper into the sand, has no pointed end to it and costs about $7”

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Memorial Day Weekend is just weeks away and so is Murphy’s New 11.625% Short Term Rental tax

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Ocean Township NJ, With Memorial Day Weekend and the unofficial start of the summer season just weeks away, Legislative District 11 General Assembly candidates Mike Amoroso and Matt Woolley are pressuring Democratic leadership in Trenton to repeal the 11.625 percent sales and occupancy taxes on homeowners – largely in coastal communities – who directly rent their properties during the summer season.

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Alcohol and smoking ban now in place at Gateway’s Sandy Hook

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Highlands NJ, A man fell four feet off a loading dock because he thought it was a short cut between the snack area and the bathroom. A motor vehicle accident resulted in the injury of all four occupants, two of whom had to be medevacked to the hospital. Another man passed out in the sand with waves breaking over his head. These were three of the 328 alcohol related incidents at the Sandy Hook Unit between 2016 and 2018.

“Sandy Hook has become a party beach,” said Chief Ranger Greg Norman. “People don’t come here for a beer, they come here for a six pack.”

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Jersey Shore community says that paying seasonal workers $15 per hour as minimum wage will hurt the town and drive up prices

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Toms River  NJ, News 12 New Jersey is reporting that the mayor of a Jersey Shore community says that paying seasonal workers $15 per hour as minimum wage will hurt the town and drive up prices.While New Jersey’s economically challenged Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation earlier this year to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour over the course of the next five years. The governor has said that a higher minimum wage will strengthen the middle class and give security to working families. The reality is middle class families try to send their kids to collage or  trade school  so they don’t have to work for minimum wage . The minimum wage is for starter jobs and part time jobs raising the bar eliminates those jobs , skills and work ethic that go along with them .

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Murphy Grants Tax break to Hollywood ,but Raises Taxes on Jersey Shore Rentals

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Trenton NJ, Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) questioned Governor Murphy’s motive to provide a multi-million dollar tax subsidy to Hollywood’s film industry while simultaneously increasing taxes that negatively impact New Jersey’s shore homeowners and the summer tourism industry.

“Governor Murphy’s tax break for the Hollywood film industry stands in stark contrast to his tax hike on New Jersey shore house renters,” Pennacchio said. “While the Hollywood-connected elite will enjoy $425 million in subsidies, beach renters could pay up to an additional 14 percent in taxes. This could amount to hundreds of dollars in fees on what was once an affordable family vacation. The owners of these shore rentals are also paying an unfair price, on top of the already high taxes and operational costs required to maintain their properties.

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New Murphy Tax Chasing Away Tourists

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Sea Side Heights NJ, Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Dave Wolfe and Greg McGuckin (all R-10) said Governor Phil Murphy should listen to the concerns of homeowners and small businesses owners along the Jersey Shore who are raising the alarm about the impacts already being felt due to a tax increase the Governor approved last year on short-term beach rentals.

“You shouldn’t have to be a millionaire like Governor Murphy to vacation down the shore,” said Holzapfel. “To charge a family that already stretch to pay thousands for a summer vacation an extra ten to fourteen percent in rental taxes is ridiculous. We’re already hearing that potential customers are responding to the new tax by booking at a much slower pace, which is concerning to the many tourism-driven businesses that make the bulk of their income during the summer months.”

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Jersey Shore Star Michael “The Situation” Sorrentino was sentenced today to eight months in prison for Tax Evasion

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Newark NJ,  Television personality Michael “The Situation” Sorrentino was sentenced today to eight months in prison and his brother, Marc Sorrentino, to 24 months in prison for violating federal tax laws, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito, District of New Jersey; Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Tax Division; and IRS Special Agent in Charge John R. Tafur announced.

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New Jersey State Troopers Board Moving Vessel and Team Up with Off-Duty Nurse to Save a life

August 5,2018

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Atlantic City NJ, on August 1st , New Jersey State troopers from the Atlantic City Marine Services Station and an off-duty registered nurse performed life-saving first aid on a unresponsive man on board a sight-seeing vessel half a mile off the shore of Brigantine City.

At approximately 2:21 p.m., Staff Sergeant Jaime Ablett, Trooper II Dan Detullio, and Trooper II Bryan Davern responded to the report of an unresponsive man on a vessel half a mile off the shore of Brigantine City. Due to water conditions, the vessel did not stop in effort to get the victim back to shore quickly. As a result, troopers pulled along side it and jumped on the moving vessel.

Once on board, the troopers discovered that an off-duty registered nurse had begun chest compressions when the man collapsed and became unconscious. The troopers teamed up with the nurse to continue CPR and deployed an automated external defibrillator (AED). The victim regained a pulse and started to breathe.

The victim was escorted back to shore, where paramedics transported the victim to Atlantic Care Regional Medical Center.The troops acted swiftly to get on the vessel and get to victim. Their outstanding life-saving and courageous efforts undoubtedly helped save the victim’s life!

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NJ Bans Smoking On Public Beaches & Parks

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July 22,2018

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Trenton NJ,  Legislation sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney, Senator Vin Gopal and Senator Bob Smith that bans smoking on New Jersey’s beaches was signed into law today by Governor Phil Murphy. The law, S-2534, prohibits smoking on all public beaches and at state, county and municipal parks.

“New Jersey’s beaches and parks will now be smoke free,” said Senator Sweeney (D-Gloucester/Salem/Cumberland). “This law will help make the Jersey Shore and the state’s parks cleaner and healthier for everyone. Beachgoers and visitors to our parks will be able to enjoy these beautiful natural attractions free of cigarette butts and secondhand smoke. The dangers of tobacco are well known for smokers and for those exposed to secondhand smoke. This will help to eliminate the environmental and health damages of smoking for everyone.”

“The Jersey Shore has always been one of our most treasured assets,” said Senator Gopal (D-Monmouth). “We have the best beaches and the most desirable beachfront communities in the country – and we want to keep it that way. They have environmental and economic value that we don’t want damaged by the ill effects of smoking on the beach.”

“We are now getting smoking off the beaches and out of the public parks,” said Senator Smith, (D-Middlesex), chairman of the Senate Environment Committee. “We don’t want children or others exposed to second-hand smoke, we don’t want our beaches and parks littered with cigarette butts and we don’t want our environmental resources exposed to the damaging effects of pollutions of any type. This prohibition advances our efforts to protect the public against the adverse health risks of smoking and makes our parks and beaches a safer, more enjoyable experience for New Jersey families.”

Specifically, the new law updates the 2005 “New Jersey Smoke Free Air Act,” which declared that tobacco smoke constitutes a health hazard to the nonsmoking majority and found it in the public interest to prohibit smoking in enclosed places with public access and in the workplace.

The prohibition would not include parking lots adjacent to beaches and parks, and the law will allow municipalities to designate up to 15 percent of a beach for smoking. A violation of the proposed law would include a fine of not less than $250 for the first offense, $500 for the second offense and $1,000 for each subsequent offense. It takes effect after 180 days.

Cigarette filters are among the top types of litter collected from beaches, according to environmental advocates, who collected an estimated 29,000 cigarette filters from New Jersey beaches in “beach sweeps” last year alone.

Nationwide, more than 300 coastal communities have banned smoking on their beaches, according to the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation. In New Jersey, an increasing number of beach communities have adopted local smoking bans on their own, with at least 18 towns enacting the prohibition.

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“Safe Summer” 2018 Boardwalk Inspections are Underway

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July 18,2018

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Seaside Hight’s NJ,  Amid the crowds on the Seaside Heights boardwalk today, Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and the Division of Consumer Affairs announced that the annual “Safe Summer” boardwalk compliance efforts are underway along the Jersey Shore and initial inspections have found 12 establishments in two seaside towns that have allegedly violated state consumer protection laws and regulations.

The Safe Summer initiative, designed to promote a family-friendly environment in New Jersey’s coastal communities, is a Division enforcement effort to check boardwalk games for fairness of play, and to ensure they haven’t been modified to the disadvantage of players. Investigators also check stores for compliance with pricing and refund policies.

For many families, a trip to the Jersey Shore isn’t complete without a visit to the boardwalk to enjoy rides and games, and perhaps purchase a souvenir,” said Attorney General Grewal. “We don’t want anyone walking away from what should be an enjoyable trip feeling like they, or worse, their children, were taken advantage of by rigged games or deceptive sales practices.”
“Our investigators comb the boardwalk to ensure a fair and safe experience for the thousands of individuals and families who flock to the Jersey Shore each summer,” said Paul R. Rodríguez, Acting Director of the Division of Consumer Affairs. “Through their efforts, we are making sure that the few stores and amusement game operators who aren’t playing by the rules are held accountable so they don’t spoil the fun for everyone.”
Since Safe Summer 2018 got underway last month, investigators from the Division’s Legalized Games of Chance Control Commission (LGCCC) unit and its Office of Consumer Protection (OCP) have visited boardwalks in Seaside Heights and Atlantic City.

LGCCC investigators inspected a total of 8 arcades and 27 individual amusement games and found 5 locations with alleged violations, including crane machines with prizes too heavy or packed too tightly to be picked up, and a boardwalk game where it was impossible to win the top prize in the number of allotted chances. Investigators wrote up a total of 11 violations that will be presented to the Legalized Games of Chance Control Commission for possible action.

OCP investigators inspected a total of 25 stores and found 7 with alleged violations, including hundreds of items from children’s clothing to shot glasses without clearly marked prices and a shop without a prominently posted refund policy. Citations will be written up and sent out to the alleged violators.
The Safe Summer initiative is a coordinated effort by the Division to blanket a handful of boardwalks with investigators each summer. In addition to inspecting for consumer protection violations, investigators also check for sales of prohibited items, such as novelty lighters, and test toys and prizes for excessive levels of lead. The Division also hands out educational materials to consumers to empower them as their own best advocates against fraud and deceit in the marketplace.

In addition to the Safe Summer sweeps, investigators with LGCCC conduct boardwalk inspections all season long; visiting every one of the state’s 266 amusement game licensees at least once. There are 16 shore resort municipalities in New Jersey with licensed amusement games: Keansburg, Long Branch, Pt. Pleasant, Manasquan, Seaside Park, Seaside Heights, Sea Isle City, Wildwood, North Wildwood, Stone Harbor, Beach Haven, Atlantic City, Brigantine, Beachwood, Toms River, and Cape May.

Since the Safe Summer initiative began in 2014, LGCCC has issued183 citations alleging one or more violations against amusement games licensees. Violations are subject to fines of up to $250.00 for the first offense and up to $500.00 for the second and each subsequent offense. The Commission also has the power to revoke licenses.