The Margate Boardwalk Committee is in discussions with a member of the Margate Commission as regards the issue. Our Report ” A Margate Boardwalk for the 21st Century” is being reviewed for comment by the various Dept. heads of the Margate City Government. This review will eventually be given to the Commission, us and all of you. The Committee wants to be clear about this review. Whatever it is we won’t be satisfied until either all the taxpayers are polled or surveyed or at a min. the voters are polled or surveyed. We’re ok with either or both groups but this issue cannot be resolved by any one document or anyone groups positions on the issue. ONLY the voters at a min. can settle this issue in our view. The Commissioner indicated he also believes a poll/survey at this juncture would be a good idea. Both sides on the issue have gone on record with the Commission in public with the Commission essentially taking no public position one way or another. We believe such a situation warrants a public poll/survey at this point. A 3rd party poll or survey is an inexpensive way to find out where public sentiment is on the issue. If such a poll indicates majority support for the idea we believe that should then lead eventually to a binding public referendum.
A new Boardwalk in Margate would be a Climate-friendly, healthy addition to our town because it will give our people a new Public park and a new walkway/bike path to enjoy. It will take people out of their cars. and homes and get them running, walking, jogging and riding their bikes instead. It will improve everyone’s quality of life and literally save lives.
Not sure when this picture is from? If I had to guess, I’d say It’s most likely from the 1930’s by the look of the women’s bathing suits. Anyway, you’ll notice they are running barefooted not a great idea back when all BWs had yellow pine decks. Those old decks splintered easily and wore out in 5-10 yrs. Even today Ocean City and Wildwood still have these old-style BW decks. Margate probably won’t use pine when the day comes to choose decking. The MBC endorses Black Locust instead of Pine or Ipe wood.
A great shot of the old Margate Pier back before 1944. Like Ventnor Pier today the old Pier once had a Boardwalk behind it. Even today the old Boardwalk right away still exists behind the present Pier.
On August 19th The Margate Boardwalk Committee wrote the Margate City Commission asking for a response to our presentation and submissions we gave the previous Thurs. Aug 15th at the City Commission meeting. We received a written response on Aug. 26th. The response was from the City Administrator Mr. Deany. It basically said that the City Administration would read our Report and get back to us. It did not, however, mention the Petition with its over 600 signatures. It’s fair to assume that since the Petition is essentially a political document that the City Administrator was not authorized to respond to it. Hopefully, the Commission itself eventually will. I’m sure they realize in any event whether they do or don’t, this will not end the matter. It’s our Committee’s belief and it’s policy that for the moment ONLY the people of Margate can settle this issue one way or another. We will, therefore, continue to act and to move toward that day.