Kevin G. Sanders
"An Extraordinary City!"
We truly live in an extraordinary city! Why do I believe this to be true? Just review the remarkable accomplishments for which we all can take pride. At just under 20,000, the city's population represents barely 1% of the entire population of the State of New Jersey, yet time and time again Asbury Park has set the standard by which other cities are measured.
For example, our waterfront redevelopment project's planning and execution has already received accolades and recognition, not only in this county but also throughout the state. In addition, while undergoing this one billion dollar redevelopment project on the waterfront, four other redevelopment projects are proceeding throughout the rest of the city leading the way to restoring the city as the Jewel of the Jersey Shore. After so many years of despair, we are showing great signs of progress.
The Mayor's Initiative, now in its second year, has brought to the forefront a focus on cultural development, diversity and enrichment through programs for the city's general population as well as comprehensive summer recreation programs.
We are especially excited about our summer recreation programs. In particular, the programs offering students the opportunity to learn theater, dance, music and creative art expression coupled with a second season of music, dance and theatrical entertainment series stands as the hallmark of a visible turnaround in life in Asbury Park.
All of New Jersey knows of our goal to revitalize the one-mile beachfront while simultaneously revitalizing the total community. Let it be known that our efforts are to fully ensure the benefits of revitalization to all city citizens. We have emphasized diversity in planning for the citizens -- in a very diverse city. Diversity is something this city is justifiably proud of.
Asbury Park faces many tests in the coming year. However, at the same time our city has many opportunities as well. This city is a strong community and I believe we are up to meeting the challenges of the future. I will exercise the resolve necessary to face those challenges with courage. I will employ vision, provided me by the citizens, to build upon our inherited gifts and strengths so Asbury Park will continue to be an extraordinary city and leader among cities -- today, the next day, and in the future.
Councilman Kevin G. Sanders