In his monthly visit to the Pinky’s Corner’s radio show, Mayor Don Guardian put forth some items of interest that I will with you. The meeting on the Concept For The Design of Gardner’s Basin and Bader Field that was canceled due to last Thursday’s snow will be held 5 p.m. Monday in Atlantic City’s Council Chambers. Elizabeth Terinek, director of planning and development, will chair of the program.
The city is looking for concepts and ideas from major corporations, local folks who want to express their views, and professional developers. Since the value of Bader Field has been vastly decreased, the city will seek ideas for a five-year period. As to Gardner’s Basin, plans are to make it similar to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor with restaurants, retail units and entertainment sites.
In other business, Guardian said there will be a reduction in lifeguard captains from nine to two. Lieutenants will be appointed to oversee various sections of the beach. The position of chief of the Beach Patrol will become a summer-only job, with no benefits.
The number of lifeguards at each station will be based on the number of bathers in each block. Repairs of the boats, lifeguard stands and beach buildings will be done by the Public Works Department, saving a considerable amount of money.
Guardian also said the city would stop using firefighters and their vehicles to respond to home medical emergencies. He said there will be five ambulances purchased to be operated by members of the Fire Department who will be specially trained to handle emergency medical problems. Fire engines will remain in their respective sites and only used to combat fires. The department will be handled by 185 firefighters, and the Police Department will fulfill their duties with 285 officers.
The mayor spent a considerable period during the hour answering questions from listeners. For your information, he will appear in Pinky’s Corner’s radio show the first Monday of every month at 4 p.m. You, too, may have a chance to directly ask the mayor a question. Tune in and you will hear the number to call for your query.
Borgata’s outdoor entertainment
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from Saturday, June 13 to mid October, the Borgata will open the doors to its spectacular new outdoor arena. The venue will allow close to 5,000 fans to enjoy the variety of entertainment that will be presented there. The lineup of entertainers will be presented within the next couple of weeks. It will include some of the biggest DJs in the world with a series of electronic dance music parties.
With the opening of the arena, there will be the unveiling of Festival Park, which will feature some of the tastiest cuisine available at outdoor venues. Festival Park will present the Savor Borgata’s Culinary Series, highlighting the city’s leading culinary destination by hosting food and beverage festivals throughout the year.
In addition to the outdoor venue, Borgata’s operators will invest a large portion of their capital into the design and development of a new state-of-the-art nightlife experience scheduled to open at the end of 2015. The architectural firm Josh Held Design, which has created many outstanding clubs, has been appointed to head this venture.
By the way, for the third consecutive year the Borgata will present Allen Valentine’s outstanding burlesque production in mid May. For the past two years, the show has drawn full houses of paying customers on Thursday nights. Valentine will once again bring in some magnificent performers and add a new aspect to the show.
Offshore oil and gas drilling
A recent story noted that the federal government has included the Atlantic Coast in a plan for offshore oil and gas drilling. Many environmental advocates and lawmakers in New Jersey went ballistic. Senator Robert Menendez stated, “I have made clear to the administration that I believe the Atlantic Coast should be off limits to oil and gas drilling because the consequences to our environment and our economy of a spill would be devastating”.
A public meeting on the subject is scheduled for 3 to 7 p.m. March 18 at the Sheraton Atlantic City Hotel. Would this be of major concern to those of us who reside on the Jersey coast? I certainly hope so. If you are concerned about this issue or are in favor of it, you are invited to express your views and ideas. Too often decisions on vital issues like this are made in other areas, leaving us little opportunity to express our views. Here is a chance for you to do so.
Garden State Film Festival
The Garden State Film Festival runs March 19-22, bringing 180 films to theaters throughout Atlantic City. Executive Director Diane Raver and her cohorts have lined up a wonderful series of movies you are sure to enjoy. There are short films as well as full-length films. The notables who will be in attendance are Ed Asner, Armand Asante, Siabon Fallon Hogan, Eric Roberts and James Wilder. The silent film “Ben Hur” will be shown at Boardwalk Hall at 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $20. Tickets are moderately priced for all film-festival events.
Fans enjoyed wrestling matches
According to a poll taken by Global Spectrum, 86 percent of ticket holders for the recent New Jersey State High School Wrestling Championships in Atlantic City dined at restaurants in the city during the weekend, 75 percent said they had a good time at the wrestling matches, 71 percent stayed at Atlantic City hotels over the weekend and 71 percent spent more than $200 at local Atlantic City businesses during the weekend. Those in attendance particularly liked being in the Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall.
Note of interest
The Annual St Patrick’s Day Parade will take place Saturday on the Atlantic City Boardwalk, from New Jersey to Albany avenues. It will kick off at noon, weather permitting. This is a fun parade featuring some outstanding bands and floats with local folks. Wear something green and join in the fun.
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