The time is now to begin rebuilding Margate’s boardwalk, says Sean O. Donovan in the following letter to the editor:
As old timers remember, the Great September Hurricane of 1944 destroyed it.
We’ve been waiting 76 years to begin reconstruction. We are ready.
It’s a difficult job through sensitive areas, but if we all pull together as a team, the project will be completed expeditiously.
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Imagine. Absecon Island Boardwalk.
A boardwalk is a specialized type of public infrastructure thoroughfare. Air, land and the ocean all meet together with an amazing combination of sea spray, sand and surf.
Young and old can all enjoy easy access. Everything from strollers to wheelchairs.
The very fit to not-so-fit can exercise and relax. Multiple generations of families can stroll past a triathlete, as well as an occasional napper. Friends meet and strangers can become friends.
The crown jewel of every beach town is the boardwalk. Pedestrians and bicyclists are safely protected and away from inattentive or careless motorists.
The boards gently absorb shock from feet; the sounds of wheels can be mesmerizing. All towns are proud of the beautiful improvements that can last for generations.
The funding for such a Margate Boardwalk project can come from more than one source. After all, there are many beneficiaries.
Tourists from around the country visit our Jersey Shore boardwalks, and so do many from overseas.
The beach is a gift from Mother Nature for all to enjoy.
We should do everything possible to rebuild Margate’s boardwalk, not only to increase the attractiveness of our shore area, but also, so that we can share these blessings with so many more.
Sean O. Donovan