Geraci­mos has needed lead­er­ship

Cecil Whig - - OPINION -

FROM: BOB AND CAROL ROETHKE CH­E­SA­PEAKE CITY

Ch­e­sa­peake City is a tourism town, and ev­ery dol­lar that comes in through tourism means a dol­lar less in taxes for the towns­peo­ple. Not only that, but in­creas­ing the value of Ch­e­sa­peake City busi­nesses in­creases the value of Ch­e­sa­peake City homes.

For too long there was stag­nant thinking and stag­nant growth. Yet, over the past four years, we have been grow­ing and the fu­ture looks bright, and we owe this to the vi­sion and hard work of Mayor Dean Geraci­mos. In a few short years, we have seen beau­ti­fi­ca­tion projects here in town, sta­bil­ity of the wa­ter sys­tem, open­ing of the Canal mu­seum on a reg­u­lar ba­sis, up­graded side­walks and land­scap­ing and Win­ter­fest. With the com­ple­tion of the Ben Cardin Re­cre­ational Trail and the ex­ten­sion of trails through­out town, we gain name recog­ni­tion through­out the re­gion that will at­tract visi­tors in­ter­ested in healthy life­styles, who also stay in B&Bs, shop and fre­quent our fine restau­rants.

Geraci­mos rec­og­nizes that tourism needs to be ac­tively sup­ported, and has de­vel­oped a team and a plan to pro­mote our town. All with­out a penny of in­crease in taxes, be­cause Mayor Dean knows how to go af­ter grant money and how to work with state leg­is­la­tors on be­half of Ch­e­sa­peake City.

Through the re­la­tion­ships he and his staff have care­fully de­vel­oped, they have brought in $19 mil­lion to the town, all in grant fund­ing. For any­one who has a se­ri­ous in­ter­est in the long-term health of this lit­tle gem of a town, the choice for mayor is very clear.

With Mayor Dean we are sta­ble and mov­ing for­ward. He is the only can­di­date with vi­sion, cre­ativ­ity and peo­ple skills to pro­vide the lead­er­ship that we need. Good for busi­nesses, good for home­own­ers — we can’t let the mo­men­tum slip!

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