'Bayonne, battleship: Imperfect together,' (column, 6/22).
Kim Mulford misrepresented Bayonne and overlooked
many of the important arguments for locating the battleship New
Jersey in my city.
She states inaccurately that Bayonne 'has
several plans for the site if the battleship doesn't arrive.'
Actually, Bayonne adopted a comprehensive plan for redeveloping
the Military Ocean Terminal as an attractive mixed-use facility
whether the New Jersey docks there or not.
Plans include waterfront promenades and recreational
areas, an international trade and convention center with hotels,
post-production facilities for motion pictures and television,
light-rail stations and ferry connections with New York. Bayonne's
low crime rate and location in the heart of the highly populated
New York-New Jersey metropolitan area are added reasons for awarding
us the battleship.
The USS New Jersey would be a major attraction
for this side of New York Harbor, but it would not be the only
one. The battleship would join other attractions along the new
light-rail line, such as Liberty State Park and Liberty Science
Center in Jersey City, and two golf courses being developed in
As even Ms. Mulford concedes, the people of
Bayonne are enthusiastic about the battleship. This is an important
consideration. Our veterans' groups hope to make the battleship
the focal point for a military museum. Bayonne's military terminal
played a major role in supplying the armed services in every
military action from World War II through Desert Storm.
I invite Ms. Mulford back here to visit the
battleship early and often.
MAYOR JOSEPH V. DORIA JR.
City of Bayonne
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