Atlantic City has not maintained Bernie Robbins Stadium or the grounds in two years, and the site is now quickly deteriorating. Vandals and druggies have been seen going in and out of the building through open gates. The parking lot is becoming a dumping ground, and thieves are actually stealing sections of fence. The once pristine ballfield is now knee-high in weeds, and the scoreboard is broken and falling apart.

The people in Chelsea Heights and all the surrounding areas once enjoyed the ballpark for its family nights, affordable food and fireworks. Now we keep an eye out for vandals and drug users looking for a place to do business. The grounds were once clean and stood proud. It's now just another place in Atlantic City's history waiting for destruction. Unfortunately, the residents of Chelsea Heights have the burden of dealing with another eyesore that will contribute to the neighborhood blight.

Chelsea Heights has always been a strong, clean neighborhood where people take pride in their homes and social values. They see the condition of the stadium as a punch in the face to the community. I know I can speak for many of the longtime residents when I say that city officials have abandoned the people who placed them in office.

My family has lived and vacationed in Atlantic City since the turn of the 20th century and seen many rises and falls of Atlantic City. We may never recover from this fall if we don't act quickly.

BILL BENTZ

Atlantic City