Ocean City Considers a New Trick to Attract Tourists – Dogs on the Beaches

first_imgOcean City-Longport Bridge By Donald WittkowskiPardon me, Rover. Do you have your beach tag?Well, the conversation may not go exactly that way, but beach tag inspectors could be fanning out by next summer to check a whole new “breed” of beach-goers. Dogs.Knowing that many families choose their vacation destination based on its pet-friendly reputation, Councilman Keith Hartzell wants to allow dogs on the beach as a way to attract more visitors to Ocean City and keep the pooch-owning, year-round residents happy, too.“We’re a family town, and most families have a pet. I think we’re pretty much a dog town,” Hartzell said.Ocean City proclaims itself as “America’s Greatest Family Resort” in its marketing and tourism slogan. Hartzell believes the pet dog is an undeniable part of that “family.”He is proposing a “dogs at dusk” plan that would allow canines on the beaches between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. By then, most of the daytime sunbathers have cleared out and vast stretches of the beachfront would open up for dogs to roam and play.Currently, Ocean City bans dogs on the beaches at all times of the year, although they are commonly spotted romping on the sand and in the surf during offseason months.Hartzell’s plan is only in the discussion stage at this point. He hopes it can be approved by the city in time for the summer of 2017, with a trial run in the spring.He acknowledged that his plan would largely depend on dog owners accepting the responsibility of cleaning up pooch poop on the beaches.“Obviously, it’s something people have to self-police,” he said. “You have to be responsible.”However, he expressed confidence that the vast majority of owners would pick up after their dogs. Those who don’t would face a $500 fine under his proposal.Hartzell also has proposed having the city place waste bags and dispensers at each beach entrance, as well as signs listing the rules for proper canine etiquette.From left, Bill McKelvey, of Blackwood, joined his sister Danielle Teti, of Haddon Heights, and her children Gemma and Sam at Malibu Beach. McKelvey, with his Labrador retriever Hugo, and Teti, with her mixed breed Fergie, said they hope Ocean City will allow dogs on its beaches.He has come up with a novel way to help pay for those things. Doggie beach tags costing about $10 each would be sold by the city to defray the expense.Beach tag inspectors would occasionally check the dogs to make sure they are legal, Hartzell said.Hartzell first unveiled his proposal during a City Council meeting in July. Mayor Jay Gillian, who attended the meeting, seemed receptive to the idea, but voiced concern about the dog droppings.“It’s the cleaning up,” Gillian said. “You need a team to pick up for those who don’t.”The mayor noted that he knows of some shore towns that allow smaller dogs on their beaches. That comment prompted a tongue-in-check response from Councilman Michael DeVlieger.“I won’t support dog discrimination,” DeVlieger joked. “I’ve got a big dog.”All kidding aside, the discussion underscored a number of issues that would have to be addressed before the seven-member City Council might even consider passing an ordinance allowing dogs on the beaches.Hartzell followed up with a July 19 memo to city officials broadly outlining his plan. Hartzell said Gillian has promised to review the proposal and get back to him. He also said that most of his fellow Council members have told him they think it is a good idea.“They want to talk to their constituents,” Hartzell said of the Council members. “There’s interest. I’m just trying to get a conversation started.”In his memo, Hartzell attached background material about the dog-friendly beaches in Jupiter, Fla.  He explained that he chose Jupiter because it is a popular winter retreat for Ocean City snowbirds.“A lot of people in Ocean City have homes in Jupiter Beach,” he said. “We always kid that it is ‘Ocean City South.’”Hartzell wants to give dogs access to all of Ocean City’s beaches beginning at dusk, but noted that he would be open to perhaps having designated canine areas instead.Full access would allow dog owners to visit the beaches closest to their homes and summer rentals, making it more convenient for them than having to venture out to a designated area and hunt for parking, Hartzell said.Another big issue is whether dogs would have to remain on leashes. Hartzell said he prefers allowing them to run free for play and exercise, but recommended in his memo that “all dogs must be on a leash.”“I’m going back and forth on how to handle it,” he said of whether to require dogs to be leashed.Hartzell describes himself as a dog lover, but he owns a cat. He said he wishes he had a dog, but explained that he travels a lot on business and isn’t home enough to give a dog the attention it would need. He said that many of his friends have dogs that are part of their family and are treated that way.His proposal for dogs on the beaches actually grew out of a joke, when someone suggested to him, “You ought to have a Disney for dogs, a place where you could take your animals on vacation,” he said.“A lot of people liked that idea,” Hartzell said.Debbie Price, of Buena Vista Township, said she wouldn’t object to buying doggie beach tags for her three Chihuahuas if they become a requirement in Ocean City.Although dogs are currently prohibited on Ocean City’s beaches, there is a nearly one-mile stretch of sand nearby that is popular with pooches and their owners. Known formally as the Malibu Beach Wildlife Management Area, locals commonly call this state-owned land “Dog Beach.” It sits on the Egg Harbor Township side of the Ocean City-Longport Bridge, overlooking the Great Egg Harbor Inlet.Danielle Teti, a Haddon Heights resident who was a first-time visitor to Malibu Beach this week, said she was able to find it by doing a Google search for dog-friendly beaches in southern New Jersey.With her 11-year-old son, Sam, 9-year-old daughter, Gemma, and 5-year-old dog, Fergie, in tow, Teti came prepared. In addition to bringing towels, sunscreen and a chair for her children, she also packed a water bowl and a ball for her mixed-breed dog.Teti said she would like to take her dog on Ocean City’s beaches, but is aware of the ban. When told of Hartzell’s proposal, she smiled.“That would be awesome,” she said. “We could all go to Ocean City as a family.”Teti stated she wouldn’t mind having to pay about $10 for a doggie beach tag. “I feel that would be reasonable,” she said.Teti’s brother, Bill McKelvey, who brought his chocolate Labrador retriever, Hugo, to Malibu Beach, said it would be a good idea to have doggie beach tags if they helped to defray the cost of waste bags and dispensers.Debbie Price, a regular at Malibu Beach, said she wouldn’t hesitate to pay for beach tags for her dogs if they could play on the Ocean City beaches.Price, of Buena Vista Township, has been coming to Malibu Beach for six years. On Monday, she was accompanied by her three Chihuahuas, Glory, Nacho and Nugget.She contemplated the possibility of taking all of her dogs on Ocean City’s beaches.  Price and her husband also own two bigger dogs, in addition to the three Chihuahuas.“It would be fun,” Price said. “It would be important to our family.”last_img read more

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Wellington survives Rose Hill comeback; now 1-0 in district play (updated with stats)

first_imgIndividual statistics: Rushing — Rose Hill: Rodman 9-86, Hollis 2-10, Padgett 1-0, McBride 1-(-5), Bonar 13-(-8), Wellington: Beard 13-116, Phelps 2-9, Hines 1-1.Passing – Rose Hill: Bonar 16-29-0-170, Wellington: Nance 12-18-0-163.Receiving – Rose Hill: Rodman 4-71, Norton 5-54, McBride 4-35, Smith 2-29, Helmke 1-7. Wellington: Gilkey 4-92, Phelps 7-75, Beard 1-4.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Wellington20706 W- Beard 6 run (PAT kick) by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It seems appropriate that a dramatic week would be capped with a dramatic game.Wellington would beat Rose Hill 33-21. But it was also the kind of game that the Crusaders couldn’t get off the field fast enough.After taking a 27-0, Rose Hill would make a furious comeback in the second half, scoring three touchdowns and almost getting a fourth. Wellington survived with a gutsy touchdown drive very late in the game.Some of the boys after the game seemed gassed. The injuries that has so decimated this team like no other appeared to be catching up on the Crusaders late. This could also be Colin Reichenberger’s last hurrah as the school’s record breaking receiver. He played with a bandaged hand, an injury he incurred in practice when he smashed his finger against another teammate’s helmet earlier this week. He is to go into surgery on Tuesday. Friday night he played defense and made about three tackles.Adam Condit, who has been nursing a sore ankle, came down with the stomach flu on Friday. All told, Wellington had four starters gone and some on the sidelines not at full strength.“When you are a coach you learn that nothing surprises you,” Wellington head football coach Tyler Ryan said. “But this has been a tough week for sure.”Still Wellington opened the game as if nothing could stop them. The Crusaders would score on their first three possessions with a dominating performance. On their first possession that started at the Rose Hill 47, the Crusaders would take off on a seven-play touchdown drive that took up slightly more than five minutes that was capped by a Lane Beard touchdown.Rose Hill would then turn the ball over on the ensuing kickoff and Wellington promptly scored on a Trevor Nance 1 yard touchdown run. Wellington had barely got its uniforms dirty and it was already 14-0.Then using a fake punt throw to Remington Gilkey, who had a sensational night coming in for Reichenberger caught a 30 yard reception on fourth down. Eventually, the two would connect again on an 18 yard touchdown throw. Wellington was cruising leading 20-0.The Crusaders would add another touchdown right before the half.In the third quarter, Wellington received the ball first and appeared to be marching back up field when it found itself in a fourth-and-1 situation. Beard plunged forward but the mark was just an inch short. Rose Hill caught a break and took full advantage implementing a more aggressive passing and running game.The Rockets got on the board on a 15 yard touchdown pass from Bonar to Nolan. Then on the next possession, Rose Hill intercepted the ball and started in enemy territory. The defense would hold but a fumble on Wellington’s next possession gave Rose Hill new life again.This time the Rockets would convert and score a second touchdown to make it 27-14.Wellington’s offense would mobil downfield and would attempt its first field goal of the season. The ball sailed wide barely. But time was running out on the Rockets still trailing by two touchdowns after they were forced to punt. A personal foul would thwart the next Wellington drive. Nance kicked a great punt and pinned the Rockets at the 3.But Rose Hill wouldn’t wilt, going on a 97 yard jaunt that included crisp passes for lengthy gains. Bonar would then score on 4-yard touchdown keeper to pull within six with 3:30 to play.The Crusader Nation was sweating. Wellington was third-and-6,when a beautiful Nance-to-Phelps pass to the flat kept the drive alive and was taking valuable time off the clock.Again, Wellington found itself in a third and six with 1:19 to play. This time Nance rolled to his left, dumped the pass to Gilkey who took off and nearly broke it all the way to the 9.At that point, all Wellington had to do is kneel the ball down to get the victory. But in the Kansas district playoff system, points are a premium. Wellington decided to use flanker Phelps on a run and he found a seam. He was going into the end zone when the ball squirted loose. Somehow, Phelps recovered and it was a touchdown.It could have easily been a touchback for Rose Hill giving the Rockets new life.That wouldn’t have been good, because the Rockets were easily moving through the Crusader defense. Down by two touchdowns with 40 seconds left to play, Rose Hill drove the length of the field hoping to gain back six extra points. The Crusaders would persevere with a Nance interception as time expired. Wellington would win by 12.Elsewhere, Ulysses would beat Mulvane at home 36-29. It appears Wellington has a lot left to do before it can wrap up its first playoff berth in four years. RH- McBride 5 run (PAT kick) Second half RH- Bonar 4 run (PAT kick) Rose Hill00147 W- Nance to Gilkey 18 pass (PAT kick)center_img RH – Bonar to Nolan 15 pass (PAT kick) First half W- Beard 3 run (PAT kick) 1234 W- Nance 1 run (PAT kick) W- Phelps 9 run (PAT no good) Scoring Wellington 33 Rose Hill 21last_img read more

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Half-time: Chelsea 0 Arsenal 0

first_imgArsenal had Gabriel sent off at the end a fiery but goalless first half at Stamford Bridge.An action-packed end to a 45 minutes lacking chances saw Diego Costa and Gabriel both booked, with the Gunners defender then shown a straight red card for kicking out at the Chelsea striker.Before then Chelsea were unable to find a breakthrough in an even first half.The Blues struggled to create clear opportunities, but looked lively in attack with Costa a threat in behind the Arsenal defence, and Pedro and Oscar both prominent.Pedro shot wide after a neat move, Cesc Fabregas had a long-range strike easily saved by Petr Cech and Eden Hazard claimed for a penalty after going down in the box following a challenge from Garbriel.But Arsenal also posed problems to a defence without the dropped John Terry.Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho left Terry on the bench, preferring Kurt Zouma in defence alongside Gary Cahill with Branislav Ivanovic as captain.And in the main they dealt well with the pace of Theo Walcott despite some threatening moments on the break.Chelsea: Begovic; Ivanovic, Zouma, Cahill, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Pedro, Oscar, Hazard; Costa.Subs: Blackman, Terry, Mikel, Ramires, Loftus-Cheek, Falcao, Remy.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Pay Wallet: salaries to your mobile

first_imgThe solution caters for any disbursements which previously relied on cash or cheque payments; and clients also have the option of providing recipients with a Pay Wallet card, which can be used at any ATM and for cash back or purchases at point of sale. “Pay Wallet will reduce our clients’ risk of theft and fraud as well as the cost and inconvenience associated with handling cash,” said FNB Commercial’s head of sales and client relationships, Michael Vacy-Lyle. According to 2009 FinScope research, South Africa has more than 27-million economically active individuals, 37% of whome do not have bank accounts. “Pay Wallet is yet another innovative solution from FNB ensuring that all South Africans are active participants in the growth of our economy,” FNB Smart Services CEO Yolande van Wyk said in a statement this week.” Safe, affordable, convenient “Our solution provides employees who do not own a bank account, the opportunity of being able to receive their funds instantaneously and electronically,” said Van Wyk. “FNB’s focus on innovation has created the ability for our clients to conduct their financial matters safely and securely, and far more conveniently.” According to FNB, the Pay Wallet offers its corporate, commercial and public sector clients safety, affordability and convenience by allowing them to electronically pay their employees’ salaries. According to Vacy-Lyle, clients will also have the ability to “sponsor” up to two cash withdrawals for the recipient in order to further reduce costs for employees. First National Bank is set to launch a new solution enabling employers to pay the workers without bank accounts via their mobile phones, giving them immediate access to their salaries via the bank’s ATMs – without needing bank cards or accounts. 27 July 2010 “Through our commitment to entrepreneurship and enabling businesses to manage their cash flow effectively, we focus on innovation as a key driver in making banking more affordable, accessible and convenient to our clients – saving them time and money,” he said. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material “By accessing a specifically developed portal on FNB Online Banking, clients will have the ability to create and pay wallet holders in real-time, and wallet holders will have immediate access to their money by withdrawing cash at an FNB ATM.” “It affords those with no access to banking services to be paid electronically without the need of a bank account.” Focus on innovationlast_img read more

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Alexei Sayle Tells Government To Get A Move On Over Circus Ban

Comedian Alexei Sayle has joined Animal Defenders International (ADI) in calling for action on wild animal circuses, urging Government “to get a move on” and “bring their own bill in” as a backbench bill to bring in the ban promised, but sat upon by Government, faces its tenth attempt to pass to committee stage.Incredibly, it is Conservative back benchers who have blocked this bill to pass their Government’s own legislation nine times.Opposition to the use of wild animals in circuses is overwhelming, with support for the ban uniting Parliament and the public alike. Legislation has now been pledged by Government for three years, with the promised ban due to come into force at the end of this year. ADI is urging David Cameron to keep his word and progress the law.ADI President Jan Creamer said, “The Government made a clear promise to act on this issue yet three years on we are still waiting for the law to pass. The public and Parliament do not want to see wild animals continuing to suffer in British circuses. David Cameron must keep his word and bring in the ban without delay.”Social justice campaigner Peter Tatchell joined Alexei Sayle in the plea for action stating he hoped David Cameron “will stop his foot-dragging and bring forward legislation to ensure there are no more wild animals in circuses in Britain” alongside X Factor boyband Fifth Street who said that the ban would “keep the public happy and keep the animals happy.”Angela Eagle MP today attempted to progress the ban by asking William Hague, Leader of the House of Commons, if the Government would give the Circus Bill time for a Second Reading. He responded: “I certainly support that Bill and the Government supports that Bill. I think it would be wrong for the Government to pick bills out of the Private Members’ process and give them Government time… the Bill will have to take it’s normal chances.”This seems extraordinary double-speak since the bill was promised by the Government over two years ago and is only in the Private Members’ process because the Government has not given it time.The issue has become an embarrassing Parliamentary saga. The proposed ban on wild animals in circuses was announced by the Government in 2012, although a ban was promised to Parliament as long ago as 2006. In 2010 a Government Public Consultation saw over 90% of respondents calling for a ban and in 2011, backbench bench MPs voted unanimously for the Government to introduce a ban.The Private Member’s Bill introduced by Jim Fitzpatrick MP is identical to the Government’s own Bill that was unveiled to media fanfare but has simply gathered dust. Unfortunately, an objection from just one MP prevents it from progressing, and tomorrow eyes will be on Tory MP for Christchurch, Christopher Chope, who has blocked the bill on six occasions.Wales is committed to a ban and is seeking to be included in England’s legislation, but whilst efforts to ban wild animals in circuses are stalling, 30 nations around the world have acted. ADI is currently assisting the Peruvian Government enforce a ban and have 21 lions in their care removed from circuses.ADI’s campaign to stop circus suffering in Britain is supported by politicians of all parties, leading animal protection groups and celebrities including Ricky Gervais, Dame Judi Dench, Brian Blessed, Twiggy, Eddie Izzard and Sir Roger Moore.ADI has vowed not to let the matter drop and the backbench bill will have another second reading on Friday 27 February. read more

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