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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Atlantic City Newsfeed

Assorted news items related to Atlantic City.

The Walk Announces Expansion Plans
Developers talks about plans for the fourth phase on construction on The Walk, to include entertainment venues to go along with the existing shops and restaurants.  See these article from the Press of Atlantic City:
The Walk to expand: 'Atlantic City has reinvented itself a couple of times, and it’s going to do it again'
CRDA agrees to build bathrooms, allowing expansion of the Walk

A Year Later, Atlantic City Smoking Ban Revisited
A little over a year after the brief smoking ban in Atlantic City was enacted and immediately repealed there has been some talk of whether City Council will again consider completely banning smoking from casino floors.  This doesn't like likely to change, given casinos falling revenues and concerns over a further loss of business from smoking patrons.  A recent article in the Press of Atlantic City and editorial from the Newark Star-Ledger are examples of the recent coverage.
Atlantic City to debate casino smoking ban again
Pass the Atlantic City casino smoking ban

Head of Pinnacle Atlantic City Project Transferred
Kim Townsend, who was to head the Pinnacle Atlantic City casino, on the former Sands site, is headed to St. Louis to run the company's Lumiere Place casino and hotel.  This article from the Press of Atlantic City says she will still "oversee the Atlantic City project".  At this point, there's nothing to see, so I guess we'll just have to play somewhere else for a little longer.
Pinnacle's Atlantic City CEO transfers to St. Louis casino

Will Pinnacle Lot Be Used for Parking?
Here's the latest speculation about the Pinnacle site, as there is now speculation the vacant lot might become a temporary parking lot.  I find it odd, however, that the Harrah's representative talks about the need for more parking in town when that company has been closing the Temple Garage at Caesars on weekdays for months.  I haven't had trouble finding a parking space anywhere in town any time in years.
Some Atlantic City officials eye Pinnacle lot as potential parking site

AirTran Expands Schedule From Atlantic City to Orlando
Over the summer AirTran started service to and from Orlando, Florida with weekend flights.  They will now off daily flights between those cities.
AirTran announces daily flights from Atlantic City to Florida


In other airport news, Pinky's column in this week's Atlantic City Weekly mentions an actual international flight from Atlantic City International Airport.  WestJet will begin service to and from Toronto
Planes, Trains and Floods

Resorts' Coin Droppers Likely Gone for Good
Resorts attempt to bring back coin-dropping slot machines was short lived, apparently because Resorts couldn't put together enough cash to fill the machines.  Specifically, they Eisenhower silver dollars that they used to fill the machines were in short supply and a lot of players kept their dollars rather than cashing them in at the casino.  Why Resorts didn't use dollar tokens instead is beyond me.
Coin-operated slot machines vanish again in Atlantic City

Resorts Takeover Delayed
Speaking of Resorts, the Casino Control Commission has delayed a vote to approve the takeover of that casino by creditors.
Vote delayed on Resorts' takeover by lenders

Monday, October 19, 2009

Governor Opposed to VLTs at Racetracks

Governor Corzine announced his opposition to Video Lottery Terminals (VLTs), which are similar to slot machines, at New Jersey race tracks. See this Atlantic City Press article for more.

Atlantic City Attractions

 I can't offer firsthand advice about all of these places, but they are frequently mentioned when people talk about what to see and do in Atlantic City and its environs.

Transportation
Atlantic City Jitneys
Atlantic City Rolling Chairs
Atlantic City Expressway
Atlantic City International Airport (ACY)
Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
New Jersey Transit Rail and Bus Service from Philadelphia
ACES Rail from New York City
Academy Bus Service
Greyhound Bus Service

Entertainment Venues
Boardwalk Hall
House of Blues

Clubs
The Pool After Dark at Harrah's
mur.mur at Borgata
Mixx at Borgata
The Quarter at Tropicana
Dusk at Caesars

Beach Bars (Only Open in Warmer Months)
AC Hilton
Trump Plaza
Bally's

Shopping
Atlantic City Outlets (The Walk)
The Pier at Caesars
The Quarter at Tropicana
Waterfront Shop at Harrah's

For Kids
Steel Pier
Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum
Atlantic City Aquarium 
Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine
Atlantic City Cruises
Lucy the Elephant in Margate
Storybook Land in Egg Harbor Township (beware of loud music when this page loads)

Theme Restaurants
Hard Rock Cafe
House of Blues
Rainforest Cafe


Other Dining
White House Sub Shop
Tony's Baltimore Grill

Sports
Atlantic City Miniature Golf
Flyers Skate Zone
Central Pier Go Karts

History
Atlantic City Historical Museum
New Jersey Korean War Memorial
Civil Rights Garden
Absecon Lighthouse
Historic Gardner's Basin
Historic Smithville
Dr. Jonathan Pitney House 
Noyes Museum of Art in Oceanville
Some casinos include historic Atlantic City Hotels, including the Dennis and Claridge Towers at Bally's and the at Ocean Tower at Resorts

Souvenirs
Fralinger's Salt Water Taffy
James' Salt Water Taffy

Vineyards
Renault Winery
Balic Winery
Dimatteo Vineyards
Bellview Winery