Ocean City Planning Board Rejects the Soleil Condo-Hotel Project

first_imgMark Raab, part of a family partnership that owns the Golden Galleon retail center on the Boardwalk, said 11th Street in particular would become an “absolute nightmare” if Soleil is built. Condo owners in Soleil would fall under a 120-day stay limit throughout the year to ensure that their units would be available to hotel guests most of the time. That means the owners would have been limited to 30 days in each season, preventing them from monopolizing their units during the peak summer tourist period. The board’s 7-1 vote against the Soleil Resort, coming at the end of a nearly five-hour meeting Wednesday night, brought threats of a lawsuit by the development group. The developers changed the project to a condo-hotel complex after the Planning Board last year rejected the original plans for a straight condominium. The board stressed that it wanted a resort-style hotel as the centerpiece of the redevelopment zone. Ernst, clearly angered by the vote, accused the board of failing to fulfill its legal mandate. His company, Ernst Brothers Designers and Builders, had teamed up with Select Properties Inc. of Colmar, Pa., to propose a 111-unit condo-hotel at the corner of Ocean Avenue and 11th Street. “My professional opinion is, they didn’t do what they were supposed to do,” he said. “I’m sure they know what is coming,” Joe Ernst, one of the principals of the project, responded when asked whether he will file litigation against the city. Wednesday night’s vote followed two stormy board meetings in January and February on the project. The board delayed a vote in January and February while it collected public feedback and expert testimony from consultants representing both the Soleil and the Flanders. Select Properties and Ernst Brothers have not disclosed the project’s development cost. The companies intended to build Soleil in three stages, starting with a condo tower on Ocean Avenue, followed by the parking garage and ending with another condo tower on 11th Street. “It’s a hotel. It meets the definition,” Soleil’s attorney, Nicholas Talvacchia, told the board in his closing statement. Planning Board members, though, were skeptical. They doubted whether the project would comply with the redevelopment zone’s requirements for a hotel. “This is not a hotel. It’s a condominium,” said Ocean City resident John Stauffer. Other opponents argued that Soleil was a poorly disguised condominium complex, not the condo-hotel that the developers had insisted they wanted to build. Dean Adams was the only board member to vote yes on the Soleil group’s request for preliminary site plan approval. However, Adams said he believed the project barely met the standards for the type of resort hotel that the city wants. The project aroused fierce opposition from the adjacent Flanders Hotel, which operates as a condo-hotel. Soleil was regarded as a potential formidable competitor for the Flanders, one of the city’s most historic and best-known businesses. Representatives of the business community joined with the Flanders condo owners to attack the project. They predicted Soleil would create gridlock on local streets that are already congested during the peak summer tourist season. “It’s a beautiful building. It could be a lot better,” Adams said. John Loeper, the board chairman, asserted that Soleil would not operate as a hotel in “any shape or form.” Culminating months of debate and intense public opposition, the Planning Board rejected a proposed condo-hotel project that was seen as a competitive threat to one of Ocean City’s most iconic businesses. “This, in my opinion, doesn’t even come close to a resort hotel,” board member Gary Jessel said. “I believe this is trying to cram too much into that space,” Coulter told the board members. In response to concerns from the public and the board, the project was revised in February. Changes to Soleil included more directional signs, a new circulation pattern to handle traffic, parking revisions, a more functional hotel lobby, more storage and housekeeping space and public bathrooms for a rooftop pool. The Soleil is proposed for a city redevelopment zone that envisions a first-class, resort-style hotel operating year-round. The developers said the project would comply with those requirements. Condo owners at the Flanders, as they did in two previous Planning Board meetings on the Soleil, turned out in force Wednesday night to criticize the project and urge its rejection. Twenty out of the 21 public speakers who addressed the board expressed opposition.Members of the public packed the Ocean City Planning Board meeting Wednesday night for the vote on the proposed Soleil Resort condo-hotel projectJohn Coulter, a Flanders condo owner and dean of engineering at Pennsylvania’s Lehigh University, argued that Soleil was simply too big for the surrounding area and would “fundamentally change” the character of Ocean City. The developers also eliminated a proposed porte-cochere from the building’s 11th Street frontage. In addition, they had planned to erect a new marquee for the garage and more wayfinding signs to help with traffic flow. Planning Board members voted 7-1 to reject preliminary site plan approval for the condo-hotel project.By Donald Wittkowskilast_img read more

Allied goes for fuller impact with changes to Kingsmill

first_imgAllied Bakeries this week relaunched its Kingsmill Everyday bread range in new packaging and renamed three lines, in a bid to increase impact on consumers.The “simplified” packaging has clearer branding and adopts the Kingsmill ‘Fresh from the Bakery’ seal, first introduced on Kingsmill Gold in November 2005. Allied has also renamed Kingsmill Sandwich as Kingsmill Square and Kings-mill Soft White as Kingsmill Round Top. The Kingsmill Wholemeal and White product becomes Kingsmill Wholegrain and White. The name changes will make it easier for the consumer to understand each product’s attributes, according to Allied. In the case of Kingsmill Square and Kingsmill Round Top, this is the shape of the loaf rather than the usage occasion, it says. For Kingsmill Wholegrain and White, the unique selling point is that it is the only white bread to use the whole of the grain (where others only use part of the grain), it said.The new look will be applied across the portfolio, including Tasty Wholemeal and Toastie. New packaging will also signpost slice thickness – one of the key elements in the consumer deci-sion process, according to Allied.Kingsmill is being supported by £12 million marketing spend over the next 12 months, including a £7m advertising campaign to drive awareness and trial of the range. Kingsmill Wholegrain and White will kick off the 2006 TV campaign in January, followed by trial and loyalty drives. Lawrence Trist, commercial development leader at Allied Bakeries, said: “The re-launch of Kingsmill’s Everyday range is designed to ensure that consumers recognise the quality of our products and come back again and again to Kingsmill.”last_img read more

Press release: Predatory mortgage support boss disqualified by the courts

first_img Email [email protected] Amit Gupta of St Philips Chambers appeared as Counsel for the Insolvency Service and Christopher Snell of New Square Chambers appeared as Counsel on behalf of the defendant.A disqualification order has the effect that without specific permission of a court, a person with a disqualification cannot: Press Office Notes to editorsDaljit Kaur Dhillon is of Sutton Colefield and her date of birth is June 1975.Company registration numbers: Media Manager 0303 003 1743 Daljit Dhillon set out specifically to mislead members of the public who were in a vulnerable financial position for her own considerable personal gain. The court’s decision to disqualify her shows the seriousness with which this type of cynical financial service activity is viewed. Office currently closed during the coronavirus pandemic. center_img Repossession Management Bureau Ltd – 08710372 RMB Assets Ltd – 09185563 OM Payments Ltd – 08190869 This service is for journalists only. For any other queries, please contact the Insolvency Enquiry Line.For all media enquiries outside normal working hours, please contact the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Press Office on 020 7215 1000. Daljit Kaur Dhillon (42), from Sutton Coldfield, appeared at the High Court in Birmingham on 13 September 2018 where an order was made to disqualify her from being a company director for nine-and-a-half years. She was also ordered her to pay costs of £12,000.Known by a variety of names, including Kareena Kapoor, Lisa Dhillon and Daljit Kaur, Ms Dhillon was the director of three companies: Repossession Management Bureau Ltd, RMB Assets Ltd and OM Payments Ltd.The companies offered financial assistance to people with mortgage arears but clients complained that they were unaware of the exorbitant fees they charged and following an investigation by the Insolvency Service, the companies were wound-up in the High Court in September 2015.Investigators found the companies were formed after a previous business, Red2Black Ltd, ceased trading following an investigation by another government agency . This investigation led to the director of Red2Black, Gurpreet Singh Chadda (the former husband of Daljit Dhillon), being given a Final Notice and record fine of nearly £1m.The companies targeted people facing the threat of having their homes repossessed and under the guise of ‘protecting’ the equity, they would take out a charge on the properties. However, the companies failed to adequately inform clients of the amount of fees being charged or that the charge secured the indebtedness of the client. And when the property was sold, the companies would use the charge to extract grossly excessive fees for which no record was maintained to support the amount of work that had purportedly been undertaken. In addition, there was a lack of transparency in that representatives of the companies used false names, which prevented clients from determining who they were dealing with.Investigators found that Repossession Management Bureau and RMB Assets held charges worth just under £4 million over properties belonging to 97 clients. Together, the two companies had a trade income of more than £1.2 million of which just over £1.1 million was paid out for the benefit of Daljit Dhillon.The companies were also found to have charged VAT on invoices despite submitting nil VAT returns to the authorities.Daljit Dhillon was declared bankrupt in June 2016 on the petition of the Official Receiver as liquidator of the three companies, after she failed to repay £353,550 worth of void transactions back to the companies. As a result of further claims made in his capacity as liquidator, the Official Receiver has lodged debts of over £1.5 million in Ms Dhillon’s bankruptcy and has recouped a further £40,000 from a former sales agent.Helen Morten, Deputy Official Receiver for the Insolvency Service, said: act as a director of a company take part, directly or indirectly, in the promotion, formation or management of a company or limited liability partnership be a receiver of a company’s property Persons subject to a disqualification order are bound by a range of other restrictions.The Insolvency Service administers the insolvency regime, investigating all compulsory liquidations and individual insolvencies (bankruptcies) through the Official Receiver to establish why they became insolvent. It may also use powers under the Companies Act 1985 to conduct confidential fact-finding investigations into the activities of live limited companies in the UK. In addition, the agency authorises and regulates the insolvency profession, deals with disqualification of directors in corporate failures, assesses and pays statutory entitlement to redundancy payments when an employer cannot or will not pay employees, provides banking and investment services for bankruptcy and liquidation estate funds and advises ministers and other government departments on insolvency law and practice.Further information about the work of the Insolvency Service, and how to complain about financial misconduct, is available.last_img read more

Three-day disaster simulation preps students for humanitarian relief work

first_img Read Full Story Ninety-three students spent April 26-28, 2013 learning how to rapidly respond to a refugee crisis while being faced with a host of stressful distractions from confrontational child-soldiers to rogue journalists. It was all part of the annual disaster simulation organized by The Lavine Family Humanitarian Studies Initiative, the flagship training and professional development program of the Humanitarian Academy at Harvard. The group included graduate students from Harvard School of Public Health, MIT, and Tufts University, and humanitarian professionals who attended as part of the academy’s two-week Humanitarian Response Intensive Course.For the weekend, Harold Parker State Forest in North Andover, Mass., was transformed into a Sub-Saharan border region beset by extreme weather, food shortages, and militia violence. Students were assigned to teams representing nongovernmental organization such as CARE and Save the Children, and worked to develop a plan to provide services for the region’s refugees. The goal of the simulation exercise is to prepare students to work in crisis situations such as the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.last_img read more

ND, South Bend to participate in MetroLab Network

first_imgThe White House announced a new program on Monday that aims to address urban problems in cities across the country, including New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles — and South Bend.David Murphy, director of the ESTEEM graduate program and associate dean of entrepreneurship in engineering and science, said Notre Dame and South Bend were selected to participate in the MetroLab Network, a program that enables universities and local governments to work together to find innovative ways to address cities’ needs.“The interesting thing about the South Bend-Notre Dame relationship is we really are kind of punching above our weight in terms of city size,” Murphy said. “We are clearly the smallest city, so we feel blessed and fortunate to be a part of the MetroLab Network. We also feel we have a lot to contribute and are excited to learn from what some of the bigger cities are doing with their university partners.”Santiago Garces, South Bend’s chief innovation officer and Notre Dame class of 2011, said the MetroLab Network is part of the White House’s “Smart Cities” initiative, which focuses on using technology and science to help communities tackle local challenges.“The MetroLab Network is a collection of city-university partnerships that are developing the framework to share expertise and share resources, trying to figure out how we can create solutions to problems using new technologies and new approaches,” Garces said.The MetroLab Network will examine problems such as crime, traffic, air quality, water quality, sewage and education, Murphy said.Murphy said because Notre Dame is one of the premier research institutions in the country, it could impact communities all over the world by sharing its results.“The research here at Notre Dame is always ongoing, always challenging, always exciting,” he said. “The question’s going to be how to harness that [research] and direct it to address pressing problems in this city and in other cities.”As part of the MetroLab Network, Notre Dame and South Bend will get access to expertise and resources they may not otherwise have, Garces said. The program aims to share urban solutions with other cities across the nation.“As we start confronting some bigger issues, including sustainability, engagement and inclusion of different residents … we will probably benefit a lot from being able to share ideas and share approaches in looking at the entire collection of cities and laboratories that are trying different methods to confront these big questions and big problems,” he said.Murphy said Notre Dame and South Bend have a rich history of successful collaboration. EmNet, a South Bend-based company that designs and produces technology to control overflow in city sewage systems, is just one example of the effectiveness of this partnership.According to Murphy, Notre Dame research labs produced a sensor that was eventually installed in South Bend sewer systems, allowing the city to open and close gates and direct the water flow away from areas in danger of flooding. EmNet commercialized this product.“That’s a great example of technology coming out of research labs at Notre Dame that can be deployed in a very practical setting, in this case the city municipalities,” Murphy said. “We then look to how we can share this technology with other cities.”Murphy and Garces traveled to Washington D.C. on Monday to attend the “Smart Cities” forum, where South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg announced the MetroLab Network with Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto at a White House event. South Bend was chosen to be one of seven cities on the program’s steering committee, Murphy said.Michael Yu | The Observer Garces said he believes the program has the potential to help generate a sense of civic pride and create economic benefits in South Bend.“I think that, for South Bend in particular, this opportunity of continuing to redefine itself and make use of our strengths as a city can give us the opportunity to build pride in the city,” Garces said. “We can build a bridge for people that have gone to Notre Dame that are researchers and students and Ph.D.s who might want to stay and work and solve these very exciting problems by developing exciting solutions.”According to a University press release, Notre Dame and South Bend have chosen four projects on which to focus. The projects will include new methods of cleaning the water in the St. Joseph River, assessments of local neighborhoods, a community-based research course and a downtown wireless network.Murphy said he believes the MetroLab Network will help Notre Dame fulfill its duty to serve humanity by sharing its innovative ideas with the rest of the world.“We feel like we are on the cusp of something very cool, in the sense of what this could mean, not just for our cities, but for the world,” he said.Garces said he is excited to see the partnership between Notre Dame and South Bend continue to produce solutions that could now help solve problems in cities across the country.“From our perspective, we’re the smallest city in the Network, and the Network grants us access to a level of expertise and a level of visibility that we wouldn’t have otherwise,” he said. “It’s an incredible opportunity for our community.”Tags: Mayor Pete Buttigieg, MetroLab, South Bend, White Houselast_img read more

Govt tells regional candidates to ditch large entourages

first_imgHome Minister Tito Karnavian said the size of entourages would be limited to prevent COVID-19 transmission.“Candidates are strongly discouraged from inviting a large number of supporters, as well as from organizing entourages. The candidates are only allowed to be accompanied by a small team to prepare the administrative paperwork for the registration,” Tito said as quoted by kompas.com on Thursday.Tito added that the attendance restrictions were enumerated in Article 5 of the KPU Law on regional elections during the COVID-19 pandemic. Traditionally, candidates are accompanied by large groups of supporters as they register with the KPU office.On Dec. 9, 270 regions will hold simultaneous elections, including 9 provinces, 224 regencies and 37 municipalities. (dpk)Topics : The government has strongly urged regional electoral candidates to avoid bringing large entourages to register with the General Elections Commission (KPU).The KPU will accept registrations for the 2020 simultaneous regional elections from Friday to Sunday.last_img read more

Why is Vitoria Guimaraes vs Arsenal in the Europa League on Wednesday at 3.50pm?

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Arsenal beat Vitoria Guimaraes two weeks ago at the Emirates (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal are back in European action on a Wednesday night this week, but they have not made a magical return to the Champions League, it is simply down to Portuguese traffic.The Gunners travel to take on Vitoria Guimaraes in the Europa League, but with the unusual kick-off time of 3.50pm on Wednesday, rather than Thursday evening.Guimaraes is near Braga, in northern Portugal, and they are also playing at home in the Europa League this week, so Guimaraes’ fixture was moved for safety reasons and to reduce traffic.The two stadiums are less than half-an-hour apart, so it is understandable, and Braga vs Besiktas will remain on Thursday at 8pm.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe afternoon kick-off is due to the fact that Europa League fixtures cannot clash with Champions League contests, and there is a full set of those on Wednesday.This means that there is no problem with televising the fixture, though, with Guimaraes vs Arsenal being shown on BT Sport 2, with coverage starting at 3.30pm.The reverse fixture was a memorable contest as they came from behind to pinch a 3-2 win, thanks to two fantastic Nicolas Pepe free-kicks.Arsenal would usually return to Premier League action on the Sunday after a Thursday fixture, but are instead travelling to take on Leicester City at 5.30pm on Saturday.MORE: Chris Wilder better option than Jose Mourinho or Max Allegri for Man Utd or Arsenal, says Tony CascarinoMORE: Unai Emery slammed for starting Arsenal outcast Mesut Ozil against Wolves Advertisementcenter_img Why is Vitoria Guimaraes vs Arsenal in the Europa League on Wednesday at 3.50pm? Metro Sport ReporterMonday 4 Nov 2019 1:58 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link47Shareslast_img read more

A child is for life, not just for a few years

first_imgTelegraph (UK) 16 July 2012…As a doctor, I am sick of seeing the emotional fall-out of feuding parents, the children being innocent conduits for their bitterness and resentments. I accept that sometimes relationships don’t work out. People change. Their circumstances and their responses to them change, too. I also accept that it is far better for children to be brought up by separated parents than to have to endure a tempestuous home life in the presence of both. The steady creep of family discord, of parent pitched against parent, can have devastating effects on youngsters. Even so, the potential for damage in acrimonious divorces is considerable.It is not just the process of divorce that impacts so negatively. The post-divorce period, when parents are attempting to assemble a new life for themselves, is no less fraught or stressful and may have long-term consequences. It seems that once divorced, people have a capacity to act with myopic selfishness. ”I’ve given the best years of my life to my kids, now it’s my time,’’ is the mantra, as they scour singles bars and internet dating sites for someone to make them feel better about themselves.http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/children_shealth/9400670/A-child-is-for-life-not-just-for-a-few-years.htmllast_img read more

Police Association not pleased with discretionary approach to drug use

first_imgNewsTalk ZB 1 May 2019Family First Comment: “Several submitters, including the Law Society and the Police Association, told the committee that the wording in the bill would effectively decriminalise all drug use and possession because it would be easy to argue in court that every user would benefit more from a therapeutic approach than a prosecution. Association president Chris Cahill told the committee that the bill was effectively telling police to move from a default presumption to prosecute to one of non-prosecution for all drug users, which would lead to a “dramatic” decline in police charges…. it was an issue that should have wider public debate rather than be “slipped in” to a bill that was primarily about synthetic drugs.”#SoftOnDrugsThe Government says its bill to make drug use a health issue is not default decriminalisation, even though a select committee was told today that prosecutions for drug use or possession will seldom if ever be brought under the bill.And while there appears to be broad support for a health focus, Parliament’s health select committee was told that there would be no point without a massive injection of resources for heath and addiction services across the whole country.The Misuse of Drugs Amendment Bill, currently before the committee, is the Government’s response to the synthetic cannabis crisis and would classify synthetic drugs AMB-FUBINACA and 5F-ADB as Class A drugs; dealers of Class A drugs face a lifetime in prison.It would also codify police discretion into law, clarifying that a prosecution for drug use or possession – regardless of which drug – should only be pursued if it was in the public interest, taking into account whether a “health-centred or therapeutic approach would be more beneficial”.Several submitters, including the Law Society and the Police Association, told the committee that the wording in the bill would effectively decriminalise all drug use and possession because it would be easy to argue in court that every user would benefit more from a therapeutic approach than a prosecution.Association president Chris Cahill told the committee that the bill was effectively telling police to move from a default presumption to prosecute to one of non-prosecution for all drug users, which would lead to a “dramatic” decline in police charges.While the association did not have a position for or against decriminalisation, he said it was an issue that should have wider public debate rather than be “slipped in” to a bill that was primarily about synthetic drugs.READ MORE: https://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/on-air/larry-williams-drive/audio/chris-cahill-police-association-not-pleased-with-discretionary-approach-to-drug-use/Drug law change ‘goes too far’ – Police AssociationRadio NZ News 1 May 2019https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/388222/drug-law-change-goes-too-far-police-associationlast_img read more

Construction of flyover seen to trigger temporary traffic gridlock

first_imgDrilon initiated the construction ofthe Sen. Benigno S. Aquino Jr. Avenue and the President Corazon Aquino Avenue duringthe Aquino administration. They now serve as main gateways to Iloilo City,easing traffic congestion. MIGEDC was created to formulate,coordinate and monitor programs, projects and activities for the accelerationof the economic growth and development of its member local government units,namely Iloilo City, the municipalities of Oton, San Miguel, Pavia, Leganes, andSanta Barbara in Iloilo province, and Guimaras province. However, the rapid rise of Iloilo andthe influx of tourists, Drilon acknowledged, caused traffic congestionsparticularly during rush hours (from 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 5 p.m. to7:30 p.m.). The flyover at the intersection of theSen. Benigno S. Aquino Jr. Avenue and President Corazon Aquino Avenue inBarangay Ungka II, Pavia is one of four that DPWH is building to ease trafficcongestion on mayor points leading in and out of Iloilo City. A rerouting of vehicles could ease thetraffic bottleneck there, according to Jeck Conlu, head of the Public Safetyand Transportation Management Office of the city government. Private vehicles may be made to takealternative routes, he said during yesterday’s meeting of the Metro IloiloGuimaras Economic and Development Council (MIGEDC). ILOILO City – This December theDepartment of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) may start constructing a flyoverat the intersection of the Sen. Benigno S. Aquino Jr. Avenue and the14-kilometer President Corazon Aquino Avenue in Barangay Ungka II, Pavia, Iloilo.It may worsen the traffic congestion in the area albeit temporarily. Ilonggo senator Franklin Drilon wholobbied for these flyovers said, “We have to move quickly to solve this trafficcongestion which irks drivers, commuters and tourists. We must prevent beingcompared to Metro Manila and Cebu City in terms of the gravity of traffic. Itwill not be good for the image of the city that we have worked hard on forseveral years.”center_img The 10-lane, 15-kilometer Sen. BenignoAquino Jr. Avenue serves as the main thoroughfare from Iloilo City to theIloilo Airport in Cabatuan, Iloilo. The three others are at the junctionof Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr. Avenue and Felix Gorriceta Jr. Avenue in BarangayAganan, Pavia; in Barangay Jibao-an, Pavia going to Mandurriao district ofIloilo City; and at the intersection of the national highway and PresidentCorazon Aquino Avenue in Barangay Buhang, Jaro district. “We will address the trafficcongestion in the area. While traffic is a sign of development, we cannot letit continue as it will affect our reputation as one of the few livable citiesin the country, as well as our bid to make Iloilo a MICE destination,” Drilonsaid The roads are now a commercial strip,dotted by new hotels and business establishment.  Conlu heads the MIGEDC transportationtask force. He had been tasked to prepare a traffic rerouting plan. The Ilonggo senator was referring tohis campaign, together with the Department of Tourism, to position Iloilo aspremier destination for meetings, incentives, conventions, and exhibits orMICE./PNlast_img read more