Shallow water at the end of the lagoon along W. 17th Street.Ocean City will spend about $2.7 million to start bringing boating and swimming at low tide back to the bay.In a unanimous vote Thursday with no discussion, City Council awarded a $2,689,000 contract to Wickberg Marine Contracting Inc. of Belford, N.J., to remove material from an approved dredging disposal site in the marshes near the 34th Street causeway.Many bayside lagoons and channels are extremely shallow or dry during the hours surrounding low tide, and all work to dredge the bay to make it deeper has been at a standstill since 2012. That’s when a dredging contractor had to stop in the middle of a job, because the city’s only approved spoils site was filled to capacity.The new contract calls for Wickberg Marine to haul material away from the site to make room for new dredging projects.“This resolution is going to get us started. We’ve been stuck in the mud a little bit,” Mayor Jay Gillian said, apologizing for the pun.__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter and breaking news alerts__________The mayor said city officials met last Friday with regulators from the state Department of Environmental Protection and federal Army Corps of Engineers officials to continue to discuss more cost-effective and environmentally safe ways to dispose of dredged material.The $2.7 million contract would free up only 40,000 cubic yards and include no actual dredging.By comparison, the 2012 project that was never completed removed 73,000 cubic yards of dredged material under a $1.8 million contract that called for the dredging of 106,000 cubic yards between 15th and 34th streets. The mayor estimated earlier this year that it would take 300,000 cubic yards to dredge Ocean City from “tip to tip.”Gillian said the new work would allow the city to “finish what we started” between 15th and 34th streets, as the city works with regulators to figure out a way to make spoils sites more truck accessible.The contractor will have to move spoils from the site by barge and take it to Wildwood, where it will be used to help cap a landfill. Wildwood will accept the material with the contractor paying $14 a cubic yard.City Council has approved $5 million ($4.75 million of it to be borrowed) in spending for dredging this year. If the contract is approved, that would leave $2.3 million for actual dredging work. TA separate spoils site near the Ninth Street Bridge is approved, but for an amount (4,000 to 6,000 cubic yards) far less than what Ocean City had anticipated.e reconstructed as part of a multiyear project between Fifth and 12th streets, but will need to be strong enough to accommodate trucks and heavy equipment headed for the Music Pier.
After premiering in NYC and on Jam Cruise to widespread acclaim, Let Us Play, the official documentary from funk powerhouse Lettuce, is now available to purchase or rent on Vimeo.The 45-minute film, directed by Jay Sansone of Human Being Media and produced by Live for Live Music’s Kunj Shah, merges footage from live sets, recording sessions, interviews, and candid scenes from the road. Filmed over a six-month period, the footage chronicles the mechanics of improvisation and the artistry behind making a funk record. Viewers will get an in-depth diagnosis of the band, who they are as artists, how they work together and use their ridiculous expertise to come up with some of the funkiest music around.Watch the trailer below, and view the whole thing here! Lettuce will be headlining two nights at the inaugural Fool’s Paradise April 1st & 2nd along with Vulfpeck, GRiZ, Chris Robinson’s Soul Revue (ft. George Porter Jr., Eric Krasno, Nikki Glaspie & more), The Nth Power, and more.
The supergroup known as the Hard Working Americans have announced plans for the release of a new studio album, Rest In Chaos, the follow up to their 2014 self-titled album.Comprised of Todd Snyder, Neal Casal (Chris Robinson Brotherhood), Dave Schools (Widespread Panic), Duane Trucks (Widespread Panic), Chad Staehly and Jesse Aycock, HWA will release Rest In Chaos on May 13 through Melvin Records/Thirty Tigers, featuring 13 brand new original HWA songs.This news comes on the back of another announcement made by Snider via Facebook on February 1st, noting he will also be releasing a new live album and concert DVD to go along with a studio record sometime this year. Stay tuned for more details.Check out the track listing to Rest In Chaos below:1) Opening Statement2) It Runs Together3) Half Ass Moses4) Dope Is Dope5) Burn Out Shoes6) Roman Candles7) Ascending Into Madness8) Throwing The Goats9) Something Else10) Massacre11) The High Price of Inspiration (Guy Clark on guitar)12) Acid13) Purple Mountain Jamboree