Margate residents wonder about Lucy the Elephant’s future

“Lucy’s home is Margate and this is where she will stay.”

David Madden
September 14, 2018 - 8:57 pm

Andrew Kramer | KYW Newsradio


MARGATE, NJ (KYW Newsradio) -- There have been rumors flying around in Margate surrounding the future of Lucy, the iconic elephant that has been a tourist attraction for decades.

Lucy’s handlers insist she’s not going anywhere.

There have been quiet discussions in the town about possible high rise hotels going up and they’d require zoning changes.

That’s when the rumors started that Lucy might move from the location she’s called home since 1970.

Edward Helfant is executive director of Lucy, a national historic landmark.

“There are no discussions nor are there any plans to move Lucy anywhere ever,” Helfant told KYW Newsradio. “Lucy’s home is Margate and this is where she will stay.”

But there is the question of a long term lease for the land where Lucy sits.

“The lease that we have for this parcel of land expires in the end of 2019,” he added. “We have been trying to negotiate an extension of that lease with the municipality for the past six years and have been unsuccessful.”

Margate owns the land but the state controls it. Helfant says he hopes the rumors will spur those lease negotiations on to some sort of conclusion.