Friday, July 1, 2011

Boardwalk Central celebrates grand opening

A number of Wildwood dignitaries were on hand to mark the official dedication of Boardwalk Central this afternoon. The event featured a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a reception catered by the various businesses that comprise the newly-named 3400 block.

Splashzone Waterpark owner Andy Weiner greeted the crowd and spoke of the many changes made to the area, including the additions of The 5-Mile Marketplace, Chickie's & Pete's, The Original Idaho Potatoes, Little Roma Pizza, Polish Water Ice, and Potito's Italian American Pastries (which debuted this morning).

Weiner was then joined by mayor Ernie Troiano and commissioners Pete Byron and Anthony Leonetti. Troiano recalled the history of the Cedar Avenue corner and cited the continued development of the area as an essential component of the Boardwalk's progression. He then declared July 1st "Boardwalk Central Day" in Wildwood.

(Troiano also got off a good line, asking Weiner if he could borrow the Super Bull during the offseason "because no one gets the bull out like City Hall.")

Afterward, Weiner cut the ribbon to commemorate the official opening of Boardwalk Central; a new sign (and logo) was then unveiled above the Splashzone offices.

To close out the ceremonial portion of the event, Potito's owners Matt and Cristina Benigno presented Weiner with a cake adorned with images of the Boardwalk Central businesses.

Below are several photos from the dedication. Click any (including those above) for a larger view...


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