VENTNOR – While most people were celebrating March 17 as St. Patrick’s Day, the city of Ventnor was celebrating its 120th birthday.
Residents and employees gathered in the rotunda at historic City Hall Friday morning to hear Commissioner Tim Kriebel read a proclamation dated March 17, 1903, setting the city’s boundaries and establishing it as “one body politic.” The city was carved out of Egg Harbor Township as a city on “Absecon beach.”
The brief ceremony was followed by singing “Happy Birthday” to the city and eating beautifully decorated vanilla or chocolate cupcakes. Amazingly, none of them were green.
“I love Ventnor more and more every year,” Kriebel said about how the town grows from 9,000 residents to 30,000 people in summer who come to enjoy all Ventnor has to offer, including its beautiful beach, real estate, restaurants, movie theater and more than 40 special events held during the summer season.
“Those kinds of things are why people keep coming to Ventnor and our ratables are going up,” he said. “It always had everything it needed, we just put a little polish on it.”