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Not All Heroes Wear Capes – This One Covers the Cape 

Vince Conti, third from left, and family.

Dear readers of our Review and Opinion section: We ask your indulgence while we take a moment to praise our own Vince Conti, who just celebrated a 10-year milestone of reporting the news of Cape May County for the Herald. Our readers hardly go a day without crossing one or more articles with his byline.  

While many enjoy a retirement on the soft, sandy beaches of our gorgeous county, not Vince. Since he moved here from Maryland a decade ago, he’s traded in his million-miler legacy at American Airlines for a million-meeting status instead. Covering marathon municipal sessions in Cape May, Avalon, Stone Harbor, Sea Isle City and Middle — and indictments, too — he’s become an expert on behalf of the people of Cape May County, helping them follow and understand the inner workings of governmental entities and the leaders they’ve elected to run them.   

He has made an enormous contribution to the people of Cape May County through his regular and insightful reporting on some of the most consequential issues of our day, from the Ocean Wind saga, to the Covid pandemic, to the major issues facing students and educators in the county. It is people like Vince Conti whose passion and work ethic have made the free and independent press the indispensable fourth estate that our Constitution’s framers envisioned. 

His extensive background in academia, at the universities of Pennsylvania and Maryland, and in the federal government as a presidential appointee, has given him a wealth of knowledge and experience that he generously applies to his work in the community. To name one such area, each spring Vince throws himself into the tedious job of comparing and contrasting governmental budgets, which borders on forensic accounting.

His work has earned him a loyal following around the Cape, especially with the many retirees we have on fixed incomes who are very concerned about the ever-increasing cost of government, along with everything else.  

His tireless efforts to keep the public informed and engaged have made him a respected and invaluable resource for Cape May County residents, and the Herald is very grateful for his ongoing service. We look forward to witnessing the positive impact he will continue to make in the years to come. 

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