On Friday, Nov. 2, Gov. Chris Christie lifted the evacuation order for the city and most casinos are set to open Friday afternoon.
ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY — Governor Chris Christie announced early Friday morning, Nov. 2, that he rescinded an order that closed Atlantic City casinos in preparation for Hurricane Sandy (and its aftermath), while also lifting the mandatory evacuation order for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:
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.
Follow Us on Twitter @ACWeekly
Ribbon cutting ceremonies are usually a rather bland, “if you’ve seen one you’ve seen them all” proposition but after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy up and down the New Jersey coast, there is an urgency to declare that these tough resilient shore towns are open and ready for business this Memorial Day Weekend.
On Tuesday morning, April 9, the ACA, CRDA and ACCVA teamed up for a presentation at the Sheraton to unveil new DO AC spring/summer campaign and highlight other new initiatives in the city from Margaritaville to Revel's new beach bar. Watch the new ad videos here.
“We must commit to continuing to create memories for future generations. I want this to be a smart, quick recovery, but a heartfelt one as well. I hope this is your mission too.”
The recently publicized statistics telling us there are still upwards of 30 percent of the population on the East Coast who think that the Boardwalk was completely ruined and that most casinos are still not fully operational means we have a lot of work to do.
Many employees at Caesars Entertainment's four properties in Atlantic City — Caesars, Bally's, Harrah's Resort and Showboat — were hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. Now they will be getting help thanks to the culinary skills of acclaimed chef Chris Scarduzio.
FEMA even hired local residents to help out with the pick-up. One day, I saw at least 15 young people following Department of Public Works trucks because regular employees could not keep up with the amount of flood-damaged goods.
I received more than a few calls, e-mails and Facebook messages asking why the concert was being staged at Madison Square Garden and not at Boardwalk Hall.
Hockey All-Stars Scott Hartnell of the Philadelphia Flyers and Brad Richards of the New York Rangers, in partnership with Caesars Atlantic City today announced Operation Hat Trick, a charity hockey game that will take place at Boardwalk Hall on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 7pm.
The South Jersey shore community — along with celebs from across the country — come together for post-Sandy relief and to let folks know Atlantic City is open (and the Boardwalk) for business.
Not heeding pending-storm evacuation orders is never a wise move, but it can afford a better appreciation for what workers are up against when making barrier islands safe for return.
Exit 0 Jazz Fest in Cape May; Post Sandy Can-DO AC Campaign, Ocean City Goes 'Quiet' for Annual Festival Exit 0 Jazz Fest in Cape May; Can-DO AC Campaign Post Sandy, Ocean City Goes 'Quiet' for Annual Festival
"I could almost guarantee that the ones who wanted the mayors to let them return home would also be the ones to protest if they had been put in danger by returning too soon. "
Mandatory evacuations have been lifted in the following municipalities: ATLANTIC COUNTY: · Brigantine Beach · Margate City · Longport Borough CAPE MAY COUNTY: · Wildwood · Wildwood Crest · North Wildwood · West Wildwood · Avalon · Stone Harbor · Sea Isle City · Ocean City CLICK for more Sandy aftermath coverage.
Obama: "I want to thank all the first responders who have been involved in this process -- the linesmen, the firefighters, the folks who were in here shuttling out people who were supposed to 'get the hell out' and didn’t."
Watch the video of Atlantic City Mayor Langford on CNN Nov. 1 accusing Gov. Christie of a 'double standard.'
The Golden Nugget is now open. The Tropicana has announced that it is re-opening at 4pm today, joining Borgata which already announced a 4pm start-up. The Atlantic Club will re-open on Monday, Nov. 5, at 10am. The Trump Plaza and Trump Taj Mahal will open the properties hotels at 4pm and gaming at 6pm today.
ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY — Early Friday morning, Nov. 2, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie lifted the evacuation order in Atlantic City, allowing the 12 casinos there to re-open (likely later this afternoon). The boil-water advisory in place in Atlantic City as a result of Hurricane Sandy has been lifted, also, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner [...]
The Borgata, which will reopen at 4pm today (Nov. 2) has announced the postponements of all of its scheduled headliners for this weekend. Those shows are Jim Breuer tonight, Jay Mohr and Cage Fury Fighting Championships tomorrow (Nov.3) and Morgan Page at Mur.mur on Monday, Nov. 5.
Obama: "You had a 15-year-old young man whose mother was disabled, and he was making sure that she was okay, and taking on extraordinary responsibilities for himself but also for his mom."
The latest Sandy storm coverage for the Atlantic City, New Jersey area.