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November 09, 2016

North Wildwood votes not to change city's name

Residents of North Wildwood have voted against changing the city's name back to Anglesea.

The Associated Press reports the measure was defeated after a petition signed by more than 100 residents put the question on the ballot.

Election returns Wednesday morning showed 1,168 votes (about 61 percent) against the name change and 758 votes (39 percent) for it.

North Wildwood was called Anglesea after its founding in 1885 until 1906, and supporters said reverting back to the name would help separate the city from neighboring shore towns Wildwood, Wildwood Crest and Wildwood West.

However, a study commissioned by the city found that changing names could have cost the municipality between $20,000 and $30,0000, according to the Press of Atlantic City.