Cooper’s Ferry Partnership is charging residents $100 Wednesday at the Adventure Aquarium to listen to Camden Mayor Dana Redd and Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno discuss the city’s economic development progress. The mayor also will “preview” her State of the City address, her spokesman Robert Corrales said.
And if you really want to put your two cents on the city’s economy in front of the city’s movers and shakers, be ready to put up $10,000. That will get you 20 VIP tickets; an award named by your CEO to hand out at the event and a speech from a representative of your organization to the crowd on issues “of your choice,” according to the Cooper’s Ferry website.
Some residents are not happy about the admission fee in, especially when the mayor will be discussing issues that relate to everyone living in the city beset by crime and poverty.
Mayor’s spokesman washed his hands of the issue, saying it’s Cooper’s Ferry event, but added that the mayor will present her State of the City address to all residents at the March 13 City Council meeting. However, the Camden Hero Awards (give to two people who have contributed in the last year to Camden's resurgence) and a tribute to the late Joseph A. Balzano of the South Jersey Port Corp. will not be repeated.