To The Editor:
I have wanted to write this letter for years, and before I get any older, I’d like to get this off my mind.
I have lived in Cape May County for over 40 years, and I’ve seen a lot of changes. Back in the early 80s, I entered into politics and no, I was never the mayor of Middle Township as there were two people in office who would never have allowed that, but I do know something about politics.
I was never a politician as I did what the people asked for and I stepped on a few toes to get what needed to be done. After reading all the news on the island, I have come up with some thoughts that I have been saying for 40 years.
The answer to the Wildwoods problems is this: They do not need four mayors, four police departments, four fire companies, three beach patrols, four city halls, etc. You get the picture. We now have one Catholic Church. We already have one post office, one public high school, one synagogue, one zip code and now one Catholic grade school. We could save so much money as one.
The grants that are available are amazing. Just think: One road department and all the roads would be fixed. The police department and EMTs all working together; four mayors and 13 commissioners to run this tiny little island is crazy. But this will never happen in my lifetime and the reason is egos.
The four towns could never work together. We as the people would be so much better if we could all live together in peace and harmony as one.
Look at the freeholders’ office. They have been in office for 30 years (most of them). It’s a monopoly. They run the county. Thank goodness a Republican just got into Middle Township for the first time in 50 years. I was there and a Republican only because I switched parties and ended my political career.
Now let’s talk about beach fees. In the whole state of Florida which is surrounded by water, there are no fees. Delaware, North and South Carolina, Georgia, Texas, California…I could go on and on. God put those beaches there for all to enjoy and walk on, not for governments to collect money. But again that is greed.
This letter was on my bucket list and I finally got it off my mind. Cape May County is a wonderful place to live in if we could all just live in harmony, and taxes just might go down.