…To The People of Asbury Park

During the administration of Mayor Clarence E.F. Hetrick and Commissioners Thomas H. Pratt, George W. Pittenger, Walter Taylor and Henry B. White, Asbury Park has made great progress.

During the time the policy of Asbury Park has been fair and liberal and men and women of all races and creeds could live and prosper each having a spirit of tolerance for the other.

Under this policy a public school has been built and education has been bettered – fine business structures reared – hotels, apartments houses and countless homes erected – and streets paved and ornamentally lighted.

Under this policy Asbury Park has ceases to be a summer resort and has now become an all year resort city ranking as one of the best cities of the resort class.

A continuance of this progress in Asbury Park is most likely under the direction of these tried and experienced men who already had such a large part in these developments and who will continue to work harmoniously in the future toward the end of further progress.

As a citizen, and as a taxpayer and voter in Asbury Park, I think it would be highly proper to organize the Progress and Prosperity League of Asbury Park, making as a qualification for membership belief in Asbury Park and its institutions and a consistent optimistic attitude as to its future.

And I would then have the Progress and Prosperity League endorse and support and vote for the election of Clarence E.F. Hetrick, Thomas H. Pratt, George W. Pittenger, Walter Taylor and Harry B. White for members of the Board of Commissioners at the election on Tuesday, May 10th, 1927.

When I review the city’s history and advancement during the past eight years and then today hear and read the puerile utterances of men and women who have inherits large property and bank interests in Asbury Park – which property and bank interests have increased in value greatly during that period and to which increased value they have contributed nothing – I question their sanity and wonder if they know what it is all about.

What activity would they eliminate – what improvements would they abandon-and what improvements would they have left undone?

Would they re-adopt the policy of intolerance that drove people and business away from Asbury Park?

Would they cancel the leases for higher rentals which they have exacted from the business men of Asbury Park for the valuable business property they or their ancestors acquired in other days – property that has now been brought up to a high value thru no efforts of their own?

No, of course they would not cancel these leases for they sit entirely in the shadow of established incomes for which they wrought not and serve only as fault finders, prattling like little children of their own poverty or their taxes as the time and place serves them best.

Fellow men and women of Asbury Park, ye, who are looking ahead and not backward, join with me and become an optimist and a shouting member of the Progress and Prosperity League and vote and support those men who stand for that slogan in the management of Asbury Park.

Franklin Zimmerman, Owner Powhatan Hotel 208 Third Ave., Asbury Park, NJ

May 7th 1927