ATLANTIC CITY — City Council will vote on a resolution to designate a historical marker at Bader Field on the 75th anniversary of the Civil Air Patrol and the establishment of Coastal Patrol Base Number One.
City Council will meet Thursday, when the resolution will be presented by Councilman Kaleem Shabazz.
In 1941, just before the start of World War II, Bader Field was used as part of a 90-day experiment to organize civilian pilots to defend the country, along with Base Two in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, and Base Three in Lantana, Florida.
Lt. Col. Michael Castania, conference director of the New Jersey Wing of U.S. CAP, said Atlantic City would be the last of the first established coastal patrol bases to be recognized.
“We’ve wanted to do this a long time,” said Castania.
Under the direction of CAP Col. Steven Tracey, Castania said the coastal patrol base historical marker “was a main push that we supported, and we’d hate like heck to see Bader Field disappear.” Shabazz said his interest in the historical marker for the Civil Air Patrol came after the New Jersey Wing approached council about the airfield’s history.
“I was intrigued by the history and want to make sure that (Civil Air Patrol) gets the historical marker,” Shabazz said.
If approved by council, the project goes to the city’s Department of Planning and Development. Chief Landscape Architect for Atlantic City Robert Preston said CAP provided the information needed for the city’s historical marker program application. According to Preston, the total cost of the project would be about $5,000, funded by CAP.
The marker, a metal 4x4 road sign with a narrative about the site’s historical significance, will be placed at the foot of the Albany Avenue bridge. Despite what may happen with Bader Field, which is one of the city’s most sought-after assets, the marker will be placed on land designated by the recreation and open park inventory as park land and cannot be developed.
“The marker is to recognize the fact of the history here in Atlantic City,” Shabazz said, “but won’t change the use of Bader Field.”