Margate City has a long and rich history. Originally known as South Atlantic City, in 1869 the State Legislature paved the way for Margate to be chartered as a municipality.
The extension of a railroad line through the City and the building of a restaurant-hotel in 1881 in the shape of an elephant named “Lucy” began to shape the growth of Margate. To learn more about the history of the City of Margate, contact the Margate Historical Society at 609.823.6546, or read about our history on the Margate Library web page.
The city stretches approximately eight blocks from the Atlantic Ocean to the bay at most points in town and is roughly 2 miles long. Margate is 60 miles from Philadelphia, 88 miles from Wilmington, DE, 125 miles from New York City, and 154 miles from Baltimore, MD
Margate currently has 6800 listings on the City tax rolls, with a full-time population (based on the 2000 Census) of 8500.
Margate City operates under a commission form of municipal government with 3 elected officials seated in an at-large non-partisan election. The commissioners then vote for the position of mayor between themselves and assigned the office by resolution. These officials serve a four -year concurrent term. www.margate-nj.com
Current officials are:
Michael Becker – Mayor and Commissioner of Public Works, Parks & Property
Maury Blumberg – Commissioner of Revenue & Finance
John Amodeo – Commissioner of Public Safety & Public Affairs