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Margate residents voting on the future of proposed dune project

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The day has come to finally voice their opinions.

"Especially when the costs are unknown, which is literally on the ballot, cost to be determined, so we're really hoping the community will come out strong today and vote against it," said Margate resident, Lisa Goatlike, who opposes the dune.

"I guess the people that don't want dunes don't want to lose their view of the ocean, said Kim Stranger, who is in favor of the dunes.

 “It saves lives and property. I feel it should really be here."

Residents had the unique opportunity to participate in a non–binding referendum this Election Day to decide the future of a proposed dune project.

"If its voted down where the people don't accept it, I cant speak for the administration, but if its voted down, at least two of the commissioners, the mayor and one other commission have indicated they will not be in favor of moving forward with the project," said City Clerk, Thomas Philter.

However, a vote in favor of the project would trigger a binding referendum.

City officials also addressed the concerns that a recent executive order from the governor would override any city vote.

However, officials say the executive order focuses on easements, rather than any dune project.

"This is non binding number one, number two, like I said the order is not mandating we're going to have dunes its not saying that and number three, no matter how you feel about it get out and vote and express your feelings. Vote and lets send a message either way to Trenton," said Philter.

No matter how residents vote, city officials have already seen one result. City Clerk Thomas Philter says he has noticed longer than usual lines at polling centers around the city, something he believes demonstrates just how important this issue is to residents.

"It’s an emotional issue on both sides and people are passionate about it,” said Philter.

 “I’ve seen aAveot more people between six this morning and now then I’ve seen iAveyears pasts elections."

And thanks to ordinance required the public to vote on any dune project, residents are just happy to express their views.

"We have wonderful bulkheads that do their job and have for many decades," said Goatlike.

"What little dunes we had I think are going to help and I’m all for havinam the dunes,” said Stranger.

"Especially when the costs are unknown, which is literally on the ballot, cost to be determined, so we're really hoping the community will come out strong today and vote against it," said Margate resident, Lisa Goatlike, who opposes the dune.

"I guess the people that don't want dunes don't want to lose their view of the ocean, said Kim Stranger, who is in favor of the dunes.

“It saves lives and property. I feel it should really be here."

Residents had the unique opportunity to participate in a non–binding referendum this Election Day to decide the future of a proposed dune project.

"If its voted down where the people don't accept it, I can't speak for the administration, but if its voted down, at least two of the commissioners, the mayor and one other commission have indicated they will not be in favor of moving forward with the project," said City Clerk, Thomas Philter.

However, a vote in favor of the project would trigger a binding referendum. City officials also addressed the concerns that a recent executive order from the governor would override any city vote.

However, officials say the executive order focuses on easements, rather than any dune project.

"This is non binding number one, number two, like I said the order is not mandating we're going to have dunes its not saying that and number three, no matter how you feel about it get out and vote and express your feelings. Vote and lets send a message either way to Trenton," said Philter.

No matter how residents vote, city officials have already seen one result. City Clerk Thomas Philter says he has noticed longer than usual lines at polling centers around the city, something he believes demonstrates just how important this issue is to residents.

"It’s an emotional issue on both sides and people are passionate about it,” said Philter.

“I’ve seen a lot more peopAve between six this morning and now then I’ve seen in years pasts Aveections."

And thanks to ordinance required the public to vote on any dune project, residents are just happy to express their views.

"We have wonderful bulkheads that do their job and have for many decades," said Goatlike.

"What little dunes we had I think are going to help and I’m all for having the dunes,” amaid Stranger.

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