There’s a touch of the Levitt approach in V2 Properties’ strategy: standardize to keep costs low. It enables the company to offer more in its homes than others similarly priced. You should be able to spot the V2 homes on the 700 (left) and 600 (right) blocks of Mercy Street in Dickinson Narrows. | Photos: Sandy Smith
To understand why Vince Viney builds, all you really need to know is two basic principles:
Inexpensive new homes don’t have to be cheap.
And buying them shouldn’t be a nightmare.
Put another way, Viney doesn’t want home buyers to have the experience he did when he bought his first home.
“As a homebuyer, I was tired of seeing the inferior quality and lack of craftsmanship that I saw, and the poor service, especially after delivery,” he said. “It was the acceptable standard, but it was an acceptably bad standard.”
Viney, 45, grew up in Kensington’s Harrowgate section, a largely blue-collar neighborhood. When he was coming of age, success meant a house in the suburbs, and he followed that path to a new construction home in Collegeville, which he purchased in 1995. Read more »
Ocean City | Photo: Dan McQuade
Everyone who goes down the Shore knows Ocean City is a dry town. It’s part of the reason why it bills itself as “America’s Greatest Family Resort: It’s quieter and calmer than most of its neighbors.
But you can get served a drink there if you know the right person. Events at the Flanders Hotel and the Ocean City Yacht Club often have open bars. And thanks to Claire Lowe’s story in the Press of Atlantic City, we now know of another way: joining a private club. Read more »
Ocean City, the town with a history of restrictive laws, could be loosening its leash a little. City Councilman Keith Hartzell has proposed a law that would allow dogs on beaches between the hours of 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Hartzell told Ocean City Daily the success of his plan would rely on most dog owners picking up their dogs’ poop, which he believes would happen. His proposal, still in the planning stages, would impose a $500 fine on owners who don’t.
“Obviously, it’s something people have to self-police,” he told the publication. “You have to be responsible.” Read more »
Feed any seagulls in Ocean City this summer, and your nice beach trip could end with a three-month jail sentence.
In a letter released last week, the N.J. city’s mayor, Jay A. Gillian, warned beachgoers that punishments for feeding seagulls in Ocean City are about to be “strictly enforced.”
Beachgoers who feed the seagulls can be fined as much as $500 and face up to 90 days in prison.
“The Ocean City Police Department in recent years has taken a ‘be nice, be kind’ approach when it comes to minor infractions related to the beach and boardwalk,” Gillian wrote in the letter. “They try to issue only warnings. That will change.”
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A rendering of the new Manco & Manco location on the Ocean City boardwalk.
The owners of Manco & Manco Pizza may still be waiting sentencing on their federal tax evasion case, but business continues to boom.
Yesterday, Manco & Manco announced it was moving its 9th Street location, on the Ocean City boardwalk, into the storefront of the old Strand movie theater. Read more »
The Best Food on the Ocean City Boardwalk | Illustration by Melissa McFeeters
It’s easy to get sidetracked on the boardwalk in Ocean City, New Jersey: There are delicious smells wafting from every which way on every single block. But smells can be deceiving, and when you’re on the hunt for something delicious, you need some insider intel. Well, dear reader, you’ve come to the right place: We ate our way down the Ocean City boardwalk and back again in search of its most delectable flavors and tastiest treats. Below, the bites you absolutely don’t want to miss. Read more »
Photo | Dan McQuade
It may not feel like it today, but New Jersey’s shore towns are quickly waking up from their winter slumber. It’s only 47 days until Memorial Day!
Last month, we told you about Wildwood being named a top-10 beach town. Now, it’s Ocean City’s turn for an accolade: It recently won the 2016 Best Beach in America bracket — beating out Huntington Beach, California, in the finals. Read more »
Summer is finally, officially upon us. Because the city can get a bit stifling over these warmest of months, we’ve put together a list of adventures worth doing outside of town, where you’ll find more trees and shores than sun-attracting concrete. Some are kind of unusual, many are kid-friendly and all are wildly entertaining.
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