(TRENTON) — Assembly Tourism and the Arts Committee Chairman Matthew W. Milam (D-Atlantic/Cape May/Cumberland) issued a multimedia package Friday on his committee’s ongoing efforts to highlight tourism hotspots throughout New Jersey.
The panel met aboard New Jersey’s official tall ship — the rehabilitated 1926 oyster schooner A.J. Meerwald — to discuss tourism opportunities presented by the ship and by her operators, the Bayshore Discovery Project, which seeks to motivate people to care for the environment, history and culture of the state’s bayshore region through education, preservation and example.
The multimedia package consists of a video of Milam discussing his committee’s efforts to highlight tourism opportunities in the state and audio and a transcript of same.
The audio file is available upon request.
A transcript of Assemblyman Milam’s comments is appended below:
Assemblyman Matthew W. Milam (D-Cumberland), Assembly Tourism and the Arts Committee Chairman:
“This is just a continuing effort on my part to take the Tourism Committee more on the road.
“That way, we can see the importance…we heard the importance of tourism and the arts and the history of the state; how important it is to our economical well being. And with the speaker of the House’s support, she’s allowed me to take this committee on the road so we can firsthand see how the arts and history and tourism has such a huge impact on the state and why it’s important to continue marketing this effort.
“This is actually the sixth different location we’ve been on since I’ve been chairman. Having the A.J. Meerwald docked here in the waters of Trenton and to hold a meeting on it — it is New Jersey’s official tall ship. We should be proud of her in New Jersey, because there’s some people who want to go to the beach, there’s some people who want to know about history and some people who want to know about the arts and we have it all to offer.”