Atlantic City’s Tourism District Talk
A lot of ink has been spilled in recent weeks and months on the State of New Jersey’s takeover of certain elements within southern New Jersey’s long-time resort destination and cash cow for other state uses — Atlantic City.
Here’s a rundown of recent moves related to the new Tourism District in The City That’s Always Turned On, which “national republican spokesperson” Gov. Chris Christie, standing in front of Boardwalk Hall last summer, said he wanted pieces of put in place by July 2011.
That’s in about two months.
First, just today, it was announced that local union boss Bob McDevitt “urged the 10,000-plus members of Unite-HERE’s Local 54 to support the new district. He said it’s time to put politics aside and realize that Atlantic City has problems that were decades in the making.”
McDevitt went on to say, according to the AP. that: “In hindsight, we must honestly say that while Atlantic City’s economy was in high gear, things that should have been done, corrections and adjustments that should have been made, were simply overlooked. [Now] that we find ourselves in a much more challenged economic atmosphere, we must take aggressive steps to maintain what we now have and to grow in different directions in order to insure that Atlantic City remains as the economic generator for our part of the state.”
Earlier in the week, an editorial in the Philadelphia Inquirer added these two cents, basically pleading Atlantic City Mayor Lorenzo Langford to do his best to work with the state and the CRDA moving forward for the best of the city’s interests, even though Langford “lost in a key vote by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority [recently] that established the boundaries for the new district.”
Finally, here’s a refresher on what went down last Tuesday, April 19, when the Atlantic City Tourism District Boundaries were approved.
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