Thursday, March 26, 2015

Wildwood Business Improvement District awards grant to bring antique clock back to Downtown Wildwood


In conjunction with the Wildwood Business Improvement District's facade enhancement initiative in Downtown Wildwood, the WBID has given the Wildwood Historical Society the funding needed to install an antique clock in front of the George F. Boyer Museum at 3907 Pacific Avenue in Downtown Wildwood.

The "Center City Plaza" clock once stood at the corner of Atlantic & Oak Avenues, in front of the Casino Arcade that was located one block south of the Post Office.

The clock was in storage for 25 years until A.B.S. Sign Company picked it up last July and began donating their services to bring it back to working order.

When approached by Al Brannen of the Wildwood Historical Society about a grant to fund the clock project, John Donio, President of the WBID Board of Directors, enthusiastically supported the request, emphasizing the WBID's focus on improving the Downtown Wildwood Business District with the objective of attracting businesses and customers.

"The history of a community is important to today's travelers. They want to know that the place they are visiting has an authentic past that they can feel a part of. It's also important to local residents to feel that they are connected to their city's rich history. So, we felt it was vital for the Downtown Wildwood BID to fund this project," added Donio.

It is expected that the refurbishment and installation will be completed this Spring, in time for everyone to see as they visit Pacific Avenue this summer!

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