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Atlantic City Opened After Sandy

On Friday, Nov. 2, Gov. Chris Christie lifted the evacuation order for the city and most casinos are set to open Friday afternoon.

By Jeff Schwachter
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ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY —  Governor Chris Christie announced early Friday morning, Nov. 2, that he rescinded an order that closed Atlantic City casinos in preparation for Hurricane Sandy (and its aftermath), while also lifting the mandatory evacuation order for Atlantic City residents.
 

"The Governor was notified by Division of Gaming Enforcement Director David Rebuck that the order reinstating certificates of operation for the 12 casinos was signed within minutes of the governor’s lifting of the mandatory evacuation order for the residents of Atlantic City, originally issued on October 27, 2012," states a release from the governor's office.
 

The order grants the casinos permission to recommence casino gaming and wagering activities on Friday, November 2, 2012 at 10am.
 

Division investigators and personnel have been assigned to each property to ensure compliance with internal control procedures and to complete a final authorization to commence operations, according to the release, which includes following quote from Christie.
 

“The Director has indicated that a complete review and assessment of the status and condition of each casino property, including the casino floors, its equipment, surveillance, security and gaming related computer systems have been completed,” said Governor Christie. “I have extreme confidence in Division of Gaming Enforcement staff as they begin the re-opening process of gaming operations in Atlantic City.”
 

A few hours after the order was lifted in Atlantic City proper, the roads that had been closed for days in and out of the city were opened. Ventnor, however, is still closed, with its residents basically "trapped" in their homes, according to one resident of that city.
 

At 11:30am, the Golden Nugget casino was open for business. The Tropicana announced that it would be opened at 4pm.
 

Atlantic City officials held a press conference in front of Boardwalk Hall on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City at 2:30pm (although there was severe traffic gridlock getting into the city around that time) with statements from John Palmieri, executive director, Casino Reinvestment Development Authority; Liza Cartmell, president, Atlantic City Alliance; Matt Levinson, chairman, Casino Control Commission; Thomas Gilbert, district commander, Atlantic City Tourism District; Dave Rebuck, director, Division of Gaming Enforcement; Tony Rodio, president, Casino Association of New Jersey; Jeff Vasser, president, Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority with regard to the Atlantic City "Tourism District" being open after being shut down to residents and visitors since Sunday due to Hurricane Sandy.

A press conference was held on the Atlantic City Boardwalk Friday afternoon, Nov. 2, with several local officials making remarks with regard to Sandy, the aftermath and how Atlantic City is "ready and open for business."

Jeff Guaracino, spokesperson for the Atlantic City Alliance (the group behind the 'DO AC' campaign), tells Atlantic City Weekly:  "Since the national media showed so many images of a city underwater and a broken Boardwalk, we launched the 'Can DO AC' blog. It includes pictures of the city ready and open for business."

Check out the blog at link below:
http://candoac.tumblr.com/

 

Although most concerts slated for this weekend at the casinos have been cancelled, the following casinos, we can confirm, will be opening at the stated times below:

Atlantic Club:  Monday, Nov. 5, 10am

Bally's: Friday, Nov. 2, 2pm (casino floor 4pm)

The Borgata: Nov. 2, 4pm (The Water Club, Thursday, Nov. 8)

Caesars: Nov. 2, 4pm

Golden Nugget: Open

Harrah's Resort: Nov. 2, 2pm

Resorts: Nov. 2, 3pm; casino floor expected to open at 4pm

Revel: Saturday, Nov. 3, noon

Showboat: Nov. 2, 2pm

Tropicana: Nov. 2, 4pm

Trump Plaza: Hotel 4pm; casino floor 7pm

Trump Taj Mahal: Hotel 4pm; casino floor 7pm

 

Other Atlantic City Openings:

The Chelsea will open Saturday, Nov. 3 at 4pm

The Atlantic City Free Public Library will reopen its Main Library location (One North Tennessee Ave.) to the public 9:30am on Saturday, Nov. 3. Due to the hurricane, the library does not have Internet access.

 
The Library Express and the Atlantic City Historical Museum will be closed until further notice.

The Atlantic City Aquarium re-opens Sat., Nov. 3.
 
 

More Sandy Coverage Here.

 

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1. Sandy, Hurricane said... on Nov 2, 2012 at 07:24PM

“One word: GREED! You all haven't learned yet I see”

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2. Anonymous said... on Nov 3, 2012 at 12:08AM

“They are businesses that need to be open for to survive. They have employees that would like to get back to work A-hole!”

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3. Anonymous said... on Nov 3, 2012 at 05:35PM

“we have reservation next week at trumps but we dont know if we should go down there with everything going on”

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4. Anonymous said... on Nov 4, 2012 at 12:30PM

“wonder if there is a gas shortage crisis in AC or surrounding area right now?”

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