Langford Talks Tourism, Bader Field Music Festival, at MBCA Luncheon.

Atlantic City Mayor Lorenzo Langford was the keynote speaker as usual at the MBCA's Winter Luncheon at Resorts

By Jeff Schwachter
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Langford speaking at a past MBCA Winter Kickoff Luncheon

As in previous years, the Metropolitan Business & Citizens Association (MBCA) Winter luncheon kickoff event at Resorts in Atlantic City featured a keynote address — an unofficial state of the city address — by Atlantic City Mayor Lorenzo Langford.

Langford asked for a moment of silence for the recently departed Sister Jean Webster, a woman who dedicated her life to feeding the hungry in Atlantic City. Langford said he thinks of her as "our resident saint."

"Most of us can't imagine how her death will effect those who are less fortunate than we are," he added.

Reportedly,  Sister Jean's soup kitchen will remain open.

Langford broke some news at the event, saying that a big-time promoter is working to put on a three-day music festival at Bader Field in June. One source says the three days of music would feature some of the best bands in the "jam band" genre.

(It might be a good idea to let the festival goers camp out at Bader Field ala Woodstock or other successful modern multi-day music fests.)

Langford also spoke about a big event planned for April, which the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority sent a media release on later in the day. The event? As reported by Atlantic City Weekly previously: a three-day rodeo in early April.

Langford also spoke to the assembled capacity crowd, which included local dignitaries as well as new Resorts owner Dennis Gomes and his family, about the state's proposed tourism district, saying that he is trying to get a meeting with the governor to voice his concerns face to face.

"I'm troubled by certain points in the proposed tourism district," Langford said to the crowd.

Some of the mayor's ongoing concerns — and City Council's — with regard to the state-run tourism district (a preliminary map of which was going around the Coconut Ballroom at the luncheon) include not enough city input from the community leaders, politicians and residents; making the city safer and cleaner in the residential neighborhoods as well as the tourism district; and how the policing of the district would be organized.

"We cannot segregate the city," Langford said. "We cannot create a tale of two cities [when it comes to safety and protection]."

Langford said he wanted a guarantee from the governor that police wouldn't be taken away from protecting the rest of the city and utilized in the tourism district once it is developed. 

Langford also said he thought the city needed to do more to promote itself and that now is the time for investors to get in Atlantic City. He also detailed what has come out of the Democratic Strategic Planning Committee meetings thus far.

"We need to plan for the future," said Langford. "When the economy does turn around, and it will, [we need] to make Atlantic City a world-class destination."

Langford says he still embraces private-public partnerships in Atlantic City and the governor's proposed city-state partnering with regard to the tourism district. But, he warned, if the state does not assuage his — and many of Atlantic City's residents' and leaders' — concerns, a lawsuit could be the next move.

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1. Anonymous said... on Jan 21, 2011 at 01:52PM

“I like the idea of a jam-band festival. Bader field would be a perfect location. The idea would be even better if it included local talent.
As the local success of the Phish shows in October show, there is demand for this form of entertainment.
Who is the "big-time promoter"? Which bands are being sought?”

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2. Anonymous said... on Jan 26, 2011 at 12:26PM

“Dave Matthews Band.”

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3. Anonymous said... on Jan 26, 2011 at 03:21PM


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4. HORDE 95' all over again said... on Jan 27, 2011 at 08:43AM

“Bring that beat back from the mid 90's!! Aka H.O.R.D.E. festival in 2011... Back to the root of it all”

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5. Anonymous said... on Jan 27, 2011 at 11:55AM

“bands being considered include:
dave matthews
blues traveler
george porter and the runnin' pardners
grace potter and the noctournals
big sams funky nation
some cat from japan
george clinton and parliament funkadelic

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6. Anonymous said... on Jan 27, 2011 at 02:25PM

“lets get The Disco Biscuits and Umphrey's McGee in there please.”

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7. Anonymous said... on Feb 3, 2011 at 08:51PM


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8. Anonymous said... on Feb 8, 2011 at 05:50PM

“lets get some Pat Mcgee Band & Mofro”

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9. Anonymous said... on Feb 17, 2011 at 11:30AM

“Flux Capacitor From Philly”

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10. Anonymous said... on Feb 19, 2011 at 09:54PM

“Dave Matthews isnt touring this year so all you people who think he is u are very wrong he took this year off. Yall like startin rumors. If he aint on the bonnaroo line up y would he be doin some b.s. in Atlantic City.”

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11. Anonymous said... on Feb 22, 2011 at 04:39PM

“What are you talking about? Just because DMB isn't playing Bonnaroo doesn't mean they're not playing any festivals at all. Yeah, they're not doing a full blown summer tour this year, but 2011 marks the 20th anniversary of their band, so they are playing a few multi-artist festivals this year, including this festival in AC at Bader Field.”

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12. Anonymous said... on Feb 23, 2011 at 01:09PM

“DMB just announced they are doing a series of 3-day festivals around the country.

The Northeast/Mid-Atlantic one is scheduled for June24-26.

Anonymous 10 - enjoy your fail :)”

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13. Anonymous said... on Mar 3, 2011 at 01:46PM

“Bring Robert Plant and the Band of Joy!!! They are phenominal!”

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14. teero said... on Mar 20, 2011 at 09:22AM

“Mumford & Sons...Please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”


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