Jun 22, 2012
Text and photos by Amanda Mayo
The Village of Atlantic Beach celebrated its 50th anniversary on Wednesday and Thursday. A project that was a year in the making, the anniversary was made possible thanks to the Atlantic Beach 50th Anniversary Committee. The celebration began with a dinner on Wednesday night at the Sunny Atlantic Beach Club and continued on Thursday with outdoor festivities that included ice cream, barbeque, live music, antique cars, carnival games, bouncing rides, cotton candy and sno-cones. The Sunny Atlantic Beach Club hosted children’s arts and crafts activities for the event inside the club.
Although Atlantic Beach as a community dates back to the mid 1920’s, it didn’t become an incorporated village until 1962. At that time, it was the first village to incorporate in New York State since the enactment of a 1936 amendment to the State Constitution barring zoning powers from newly incorporated villages. The 50th anniversary celebration was planned by the 10-member Village of Atlantic Beach 50th Anniversary Committee appointed by Mayor Stephen Mahler, and chaired by Susan Lager Jaffe.
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