The annual tradition of Atlantic City Mayor Lorenzo Langford giving the “Unofficial State of the City”address continued Thursday afternoon, Jan. 10, at Bally’s Atlantic City.
The mayor, his wife Nynell and his cabinet, along with hundreds of other guests — including local dignitaries, community leaders, businesspersons and others — were in attendance at the Metropolitan Business & Citizens Association’s (MBCA) annual Winter Kick-Off Meeting and Luncheon.
Per usual, Langford gave a truncated version of the official State of the City address, which he will deliver during the next Atlantic City City Council meeting on Jan. 16.
Langford also wished Don Marrandino, the former president of Caesars Entertainment’s eastern division who resigned last Friday, well in his future pursuits and thanked him for all he did for Atlantic City.
Langford thanked FEMA and the American Red Cross for their help with victims from Sandy, as well as pro sports figures Michael Vick and Shaquille O’Neal who also helped out local victims of the storm.
While also thanking and praising the first responders during the storm, Langford made it clear that several thousands of city residents heeded the “clarion call” and evacuated. He repeated the statement to be sure that it was clear, adding “Are you listening Guv?” which drew laughter from the large crowd assembled inside the Traymore Ballroom.
Langford also praised the city’s partnership with the CRDA (Casino Reinvestment Development Authority) in 2012, and thanked Liza Cartmell and her staff at the ACA (Atlantic City Alliance) for their efforts to market the city in new ways to draw more visitors.
With regard to the city, Langford noted that in 2013 he hopes Atlantic City will emerge from state monitoring so that elected city — and not state — officials controlled the city’s own affairs. He said that was his New Year’s resolution.
On a lighter note, Langford hinted at more festivals coming to Bader Field in 2013, in addition to redevelopment plans for the huge plot of land once thought to be the most valuable real estate of its kind as well as redevelopment plans in the works for a part of the southeast inlet.
Langford said the Atlantic City Seafood Festival would be one of the festivals held at Bader Field in 2012 to return in 2013.
“We are moving forward, in a positive direction,” the mayor said at one point.
GreenLee Security sponsored the luncheon. To learn more about the MBCA, visit acmetbiz.com.