Postponed due to snow, Mayor Lorenzo Langford's press conference on the proposed 'Tourism District' will take place at City Hall Thursday, Dec. 30.
Originally scheduled for Monday, Dec. 27, Atlantic City Mayor Lorenzo Langford will hold a press conference on the proposed "Tourism District" in Atlantic City on Thursday, Dec. 30, at 11:30am.
The press conference will be held inside Mayor Langford's office, City Hall, Room #706, 1301 Bacharach Blvd. in Atlantic City. Mayor Langford is expected to answer questions concerning the proposed "Tourism District" and will "announce specific initiatives and ideas."
Mayor Langford issued the following statement to the media with regard to the "Tourism District":
"When [Governor Christie] came to Atlantic City to announce his plan for a 'Tourism District,' he consistently stressed the need to forge a public/private PARTNERSHIP. City officials were assured that we would have a seat at the table of planning and be a full participant.
"However, bills and legislation affecting Atlantic City and the creation of a 'Tourism District' have been fast tracked, and despite promises and assurances to the contrary, that hasn't happened. Conversely, we have been left out of the loop. Throughout this entire process, I have been very magnanimous. I have remained consistent in my commitment to work cooperatively with whomever for the greater good of Atlantic City. However, what the Governor professed is not what is being practiced.
"As Mayor of Atlantic City, I will not allow any person or entity to come into this town and ride roughshod over us in an attempt to force their agenda down our throat. A partnership is one thing — a good thing: but a partnership requires input; especially from those of us who live and pay taxes here."
In late November, the mayor told Atlantic City Weekly that the city was working on a plan — removed from any state plan — for the city moving forward to July 2011, a date that Gov. Christie, back in July 2010, gave as a deadline for the city to turn itself around. He also discussed his thoughts on many of the related matters, such as the problems his office has had working with the state, his thoughts on a proposed "Tourism District," and much more. Read entire in-depth interview here.
According to the mayor's office, "Other initiatives and ideas to be discussed at the press conference" include:
1. A PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) program for casino properties
2. A 1% municipal wage tax to provide property tax relief for residents
3. A $1 hotel room tax to help defray City costs
4. Plans for Boardwalk Hall
One year to the date Gov. Chris Christie signed landmark legislation designed to revitalize Atlantic City and set the surrounding region on a new course for economic growth, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) adopted the Atlantic City Tourism District Master Plan in a special meeting Wednesday, Feb. 1, at the A.C. Convention Center.
"I get offended when the governor and others advocate that we need an increased police presence on the Boardwalk to create the ‘perception’ that the city is safe, because the reality is that the Boardwalk is safe. But even to address just the ‘perception’ [of the city’s tourists] they advocate more resources. What about the neighborhoods?"
I have no idea if Gov. Christie is a Phish fan. But even if he’s not, it’s time for him to go trolling for some money so that the world knows that Phish, which could have played its Halloween shows anywhere, decided to take Atlantic City’s bait.
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