Call it “twinning,” if you will.
Atlantic Beach has a new sister city, albeit an informal designation, with the identically monikered East Coast community of Atlantic Beach, N.C.
The relationship was memorialized Monday when the two cities’ mayors exchanged proclamations at a Town Council meeting in Atlantic Beach, N.C.
“It turns out that the two Atlantic Beaches share much more than a name, their positions on the ‘right’ coast, and threats from devastating storms …” Ellen Glasser, the Florida town’s mayor, said in her proclamation. “The sister communities are blessed with a warmhearted and welcoming citizenry; an abundance of public beach and recreational opportunities; and a keen interest in protecting their precious and delicate coastal environment.”
In addition to presenting the North Carolina mayor, Trace Cooper, with a proclamation, Glasser gave the town an original painting of a sunrise titled “Love with an Open Heart” by Atlantic Beach (Fla.) artist Gary Mack.
Another highlight of Glasser’s visit: She administered the oath of office to Cooper for his upcoming mayoral term; Cooper was recently re-elected to a seventh two-year term.
“Both Atlantic Beaches are graced with beautiful shorelines, lovely parks and other natural gifts, yet, the greatest assets of both towns are our citizens who are welcoming to their neighbors as well as visitors, care deeply about their beach towns, and remain engaged with their city government,” Cooper said in the proclamation he presented to Glasser.
The two mayors forged a friendship serving as resources to one another during hurricane season preparations.
“Now we are excited to welcome (Glasser) to our Atlantic Beach during happier times to establish a relationship between our two communities as Sister Cities,” Cooper said in his proclamation.
Here is a North Carolina television station's coverage of the Dec. 16 Atlantic Beach (N.C.) Town Council meeting.