Atlantic City needs to step up its ‘cleanup’

There is an age-old expression that “cleanliness is next to godliness”.

Atlantic City has a lot to offer these days.

Atlantic City casinos are working harder and smarter than ever and doing very well.

MEET AC sells Atlantic City at a very high and competent level…booking for many years to come.

Philadelphia developer Bart Blatstein and others are bullish, investing and betting on Atlantic City.

Dr. Harvey Kesselman and the University of Stockton have also bet heavily on Atlantic City.

Atlantic City should be a safe place to work, visit, play and stay. Future police chief James Sarkos is well on his way to correcting the perception of public safety. It is imperative.

This brings us to another critical area where Atlantic City needs to step up its game. Atlantic City needs to present itself cleaner than it currently does.

A friendly suggestion to Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small. Take Don Guardian, New Jersey Assemblyman, R-2, lunch, pick his brains out, and collect the check.

Atlantic City was undeniably cleaner when Guardian was mayor than it is today.

Small is a good guy, but he has no experience managing complex public works operations.

Guardian was efficient and managed to keep the city clean. He has a busy career and a proven track record leading the Atlantic City Special Improvement District.

Guardian has demonstrated a relentless approach and focus on keeping Atlantic City clean.

Another really nice guy Small should offer to lunch and ask for his help is Rick Santoro, the current executive director of the Atlantic City Special Improvement District.

Rick is a great guy and he also has extensive experience at the highest level of senior management.

Ask anyone who is honest. They will all say the same thing. Atlantic City needs to improve overall cleanliness.

Residents deserve it and guests who visit Atlantic City also see it and it helps to reinforce the perception that Atlantic City is a dirty, unkempt city.

This perception is unacceptable and must be reversed.

When the cleanliness problem is corrected, it will pay measurable dividends. Property values ​​will increase and the city will “show up” so much better than MEET AC and the various hotel-casinos and non-casinos will aggressively sell Atlantic City.

When Atlantic City is both safe and clean, the sky is the limit for “The World’s Play Ground”.

The budget is there to do that. The talent is there to do the job. It’s simply a matter of commitment, focus and execution.

Mayor Small emphasized never forgetting to say “It’s a beautiful day in Atlantic City.”

When you phone the town hall, this positive sentence is recited almost 100% of the time.

We implore Small to use that same level of care to keep Atlantic City clean.

We all support you to make it happen. When you succeed, we all succeed.

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