Trial Delayed for Beach Tag Supervisor Charged With Sexual Assault

first_imgThe sexual assault trial of Charles “Chuck” Cusack has been postponed. Cusack was head of beach-tag operations in Ocean City, NJ, at the time of his arrest.By Tim Zatzariny Jr.For OCNJ DailyThe trial of a retired Ocean City police officer accused of having a sexual relationship with an underage female beach-fee collector while he was superintendent of the city’s beach tag operations will be rescheduled.Jury selection was set to begin Monday, Feb. 23 in the trial of Charles E. Cusack, 51. But his attorney, Louis M. Barbone of Atlantic City, was unavailable because he is trying an unrelated criminal case involving a police officer in Gloucester County.Cusack is scheduled to appear before Judge John C. Porto in state Superior Court in Cape May Court House on Tuesday, March 3 for a status conference. A new trial date will likely be set during that hearing, prosecutors said.Cusack was initially charged with one second-degree count of sexual assault and one second-degree count of endangering the welfare of a child. A superseding indictment handed up by a Cape May County grand jury earlier this month added a second-degree charge of official misconduct against Cusack. If convicted, he faces five to 10 years in state prison on each of the charges, including a mandatory minimum of five years in prison for official misconduct.And, if he were to be convicted on the sex assault charge, Cusack would have to register as a sex offender for life under Megan’s Law.Cusack was arrested in August 2012 after he allegedly had a two-month sexual relationship with the girl, who was 17 at the time, authorities said. He has been free since posting $150,000 bond shortly after his arrest. Authorities have released no additional details about the victim, or about Cusack’s alleged sexual relationship with her.In New Jersey, the age of consent is 16. But Cusack was charged under a provision in state statute that makes it illegal for a person to have sex with someone over whom they have supervisory authority when an alleged victim is 16 or 17 years old.Cusack served 25 years in the Ocean City Police Department before retiring in May 2011.Cusack was in his second season as director of the city’s beach-tag program when he was arrested.last_img read more

Short-term rentals: how to make it work

first_img Acquire the right ratio between price and occupancy rate. A property with a $60 nightly rate and 100 per cent occupancy over 30 days will have a monthly return of $1800. However a property with a $100 nightly rate at 70 per cent occupancy will have a return of $2100. Raise prices for special calendar events. Set a higher price and a five-night minimum stay over public holiday weekends to make sure the property is booked over the entire period. MORE REAL ESTATE STORIES Holiday night bookings are relying more heavily on short-term accommodation options. Multimillion-dollar home reno Grand estates to make your drool Inner city and South Brisbane properties are perfectly positioned to capitalise on the short-term rental market.On the Gold Coast, properties in Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach are the highest performing suburbs, also with a 70 per cent occupancy rate.center_img The Brisbane City Council city plan fact sheet recognises the short-term rental of a family home, unit or investment property as a valuable source of additional income and has a hotline (133 263) for anyone seeking further information on the regulations and licences needed for a proposed business.The Queensland Government is working on a code of conduct to govern the behaviour of hosts and guests and also to introduce a system of data sharing to understand who is renting out their own home, and who is running a short-term accommodation business. Queensland Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said huge growth in the short-term accommodation presented great opportunities in the tourism industry.“But it’s also important to preserve our standard of living here in Queensland,” she saidMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoShort-term rental property management specialists, MadeComfy, said Queensland was perfectly positioned to take advantage of the sector.Investment properties in the Brisbane suburbs of the CBD, South Brisbane, Fortitude Valley, Milton, and New Farm can achieve a 70 per cent occupancy rate. Raise nightly rates and wait for last minute bookings. Set your prices higher than the average in the suburb. The goal is to catch last minute bookings in the week before check-in from guests who have few other options. Tourism hot spots like the Gold Coast have high occupancy rates.“Despite the high competition, property owners in these areas have a great opportunity to maximise rental income if the property stands out from the crowd and uses the best pricing strategy to attract guests,” pricing manager for MadeComfy, Gina Zhang, said.She has three top tips on how to maximise returns on a short-stay property: Short-term rental options are becoming more appealing to Queensland property investors.LOCAL and state governments acknowledge the value of Queensland’s short-term accommodation sector as a source of additional income and a growing part of the state’s tourism industry.But they also understand the challenges body corporates and some communities face when investment properties are turned into short-term stays with increased noise and security concerns among common complaints.If you have an investment property you’d like to include in this in this growth sector, here’s what you need to know.Industry research shows the sector, which includes operators such as Airbnb, Stayz.com and Booking.com represents 16 per cent of Australian holiday night bookings annually with host earnings in Australia increasing by 60 per cent to $978 million between 2016 to 2017. FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOKlast_img read more