Recent articles have mentioned progress being made in Atlantic City regarding the improved visual condition of the Boardwalk and a decrease in crime. Each time, myriad organizations - including the FBI, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, the CRDA's Special Improvement Division, the Atlantic City Alliance, casino properties, etc. - were credited as being responsible for the progress.

However, the city of Atlantic City is not mentioned.

The improved Boardwalk image starts with the city Department of Public Works and its beach, Boardwalk and sanitation divisions. These dedicated employees clean the beach, repair and maintain the Boardwalk and collect trash and other debris on a daily basis. The city's code-enforcement, mercantile, construction and demolition divisions, as well as the Atlantic City Police Department and the new Class II officers, are the catalysts for making our Boardwalk one of the best in the nation.

It is simply amazing to me how when anything bad happens in the city, it is the city's fault. But whenever there is praise or credit to be handed out for anything good that happens, the city is conveniently left out.

Is this accidental, coincidental or intentional?

I believe it is the latter, which leads me to believe that this would not be the case if the politics and face of the current administration were different.


Atlantic City

Wilbur Banks is the director of the Atlantic City Department of Health and Human Services.


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