Margate will rise stronger, more beautiful than ever

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To the editor:

Whew, what a stressful two weeks it’s been for all in the Downbeach community. I can’t sing enough praise for how everyone worked together to get the streets passable and our municipalities ready to be repopulated. 


I’m especially proud of our emergency management team led by Jerry Greenberg.  Everyone did an outstanding job all through Hurricane Sandy. Our fire and rescue team, led by Chief Tony, and our Police Department, led by Chief David Wolfson, kept everyone safe and out of harm’s way.  And our public works team led by Frank Ricciotti began cleanup immediately, removing more than 200 tons of debris and 3 million cubic feet of sand off the streets.

Because of our response, Margate was ahead of the game and was prepared to be repopulated prior to the other island communities. I’d like to thank our county and state officials who worked feverishly to get Margate open, and with their help, we were the first community to open on the island. 

Residents and businesses alike were hit very hard during the storm, yet businesses still came out to support the community in need. We thank the Hanson family of the Margate Bridge for waiving tolls so we could get residents on and off the island as expeditiously as possible. And heartfelt thanks to Howard Seiden of Casel’s for having food available if needed during the storm, and to the following vendors for sending food to our fire, police and public works departments: Dino’s, Sack O’ Subs, Chido Burrito, Bocca Bistro and Juniors Dogs & Doughnuts. Your donations were greatly appreciated, as was the kindness of many of our residents who sent pizza and homemade food to these departments. 

I’ve received many phone calls and emails, and residents stop me on the street to express their thanks and gratitude. It’s nice to see our community come together and support one another. Margate will recover, our restaurants and businesses will reopen, and we will be stronger and more beautiful than ever.

Brenda Taube

Margate City Commissioner

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