Wednesday, May 22
Guests: Matthew Doherty, Thomas Herrington, Collin O'Mara
Seven months after Superstorm Sandy ravaged the region, several beach towns in New Jersey are still picking up the pieces. Many communities are in the process of restoring boardwalks and other amenities in the hopes of attracting tourists back to the region and putting their communities back together. We take a look at the state of New Jersey’s beaches in anticipation of the Memorial Day crowds that will flock to the shore. First, we’ll check back in with Mayor Matthew Doherty of Belmar, NJ to get an update on the town’s progress since Sandy. Professor Thomas Herrington of the Stevens Institute of Technology will give us an overview of how the beaches and coastlines of New Jersey have fared, as well as discuss options for future storm protection and the potential pitfalls in the road to recovery. We’ll close the hour out with Collin O’Mara, Secretary of the Environment and Energy for Delaware Governor Jack Markell, who will discuss how Delaware’s beaches are shaping up for the summer.
GUESTS: DAVE DAVIES & LYNN MARKS
Despite a predicted low voter turn-out, Pennsylvania’s municipal primary election has chosen party candidates for many local offices throughout the state’s 67 counties. On today’s Radio Times we’ll focus on yesterday’s poll returns including the Philadelphia City Controller Democratic candidate who will go up against Republican Terry Tracy in November. Civic activist Brett Mandel and former city attorney Mark Zecca have challenged two-term incumbent Alan Butkovitz. Then, we’ll look at the value of Philadelphia’s Traffic Court, where the winners of three (out of seven) vacant positions may never get to take their seats as the state Senate passed two bills last month to abolish the besieged court. The House is expected to pass the bills next month. Our guests are WHYY senior reporter DAVE DAVIES and LYNN MARKS, Executive Director of Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts.