Possibly two outstanding attractions will be on the Atlantic City beach this summer between the Steel Pier and the Landshark Bar & Grill.
Tony Catanoso, the president of the Catanoso family company that owns the Steel Pier, told me that people will have the opportunity to float in the air. An Aerodium will be constructed that will allow people to float in a cylinder that gives you the experience of flying.
I first saw this at Universal Studios in Los Angeles several years ago. My grandchildren and daughter-in-law had the experience of being in the air without anything holding them up. They enjoyed it immensely, and it is certain to be a big attraction adjacent to the Steel Pier.
Tony also told me that they are in the midst of discussions of having a zip line that will extend from the middle of the Steel Pier over the Atlantic Ocean to the edge of the Boardwalk. These are the kinds of attractions that have long been missing from Atlantic City. Both of them are quite exciting and without a doubt will draw big crowds.
Time for action
One of the major problems of writing a weekly column is the subject matter. Other than the news above and the cold weather, there have not been a lot of major points of interest for commentary. So I opened my drawer, and there were columns that I have written over the past year. I started leafing through them and saw many new and excellent ideas that are still in the drawer.
Some of the items have been discussed, but very few have been put into the developing stage. And so, in hopes of getting some of these concepts out of the drawer and onto the architects’ and engineers’ desks, here are some of the subjects that have been in this column over the past year:
The concept of Boardwalk jitneys is worth discussing, but there are many problems that must be settled before the permits are given. They also must learn to stay in their lane and out of the lanes of the rolling chairs. The chair operators are responsible to their owners, must have uniforms and must be familiar with the varied aspects of the Boardwalk. The operators must refrain from foul language, drinking, taking drugs and curtail all other illicit activities.
The concept of having pavilions on the Boardwalk has received little interest from outside entities. It’s a great idea and deserves having a marketing person to promote and sell the pavilions.
As to artistic lighting on the Boardwalk, it is my understanding that one of the Boardwalk casinos will soon come out with their announcement of a really neat lighting program for their facility.
It was not too long ago that this column ran a story about Las Vegas spending $800,000 to upgrade the “Fabulous Las Vegas” sign that people use for pictures and is seen in many movies and television shows. There has been no movement on something similar locally in this direction. Who has that responsibility?
A few weeks ago, Atlantic City was noted as the fourth most romantic community in the United States. This surely should enhance the building of a Wedding Chapel at the end of Garden Pier. It is a natural site, as it is close to the ocean, and a beautiful glass-enclosed chapel would enhance the romance of our community. It is anticipated that Garden Pier will be open for visitors sometime in May.
By the way, why don’t we start a program for people who have reached their 25th and 50th wedding anniversaries? That is normally a time for a celebration. Offering discounts for those who have reached those milestones is a good idea. They look for sites to celebrate their union, so why not offer them Atlantic City?
The issue of traffic lights in Atlantic City continues to be a major problem. The Public Works Department is in the midst of accepting bids for the equipment necessary to fix the city’s traffic lights. They are seeking controllers, timers and traffic visors. Once they are in place, we have been told that the system will improve dramatically.
Let’s hope so.
In addition to the traffic lights, the city direly needs street signs to allow the visitors the opportunity to know where they are and to be able to see the signs at night as well as in the daytime. They should be bigger than the current signs. In addition, signs should be around the city directing people to its varied attractions.
Several months ago, there was discussion about a wave park that would allow people to surf all year round. The folks who purchased the Pinnacle site discussed this proposition but, unfortunately, do not have the necessary funding to make it happen. There has been no further word about any type of development within that site.
It was two weeks ago that this column ran a piece about Richard Stockton College becoming a part of the changes to be made in the Inlet section of Atlantic City. The original conversations discussed having the facility in the Inlet. However, further thought has it now being placed on the former Atlantic City High School site, at Albany Avenue. There were discussions about having restaurants and retail units on the ground level. On the second level would be classrooms, and additional floors could be built to accommodate about 400 students.
Stockton President Herman Saatkamp Jr. is to be congratulated for the development he has brought to Atlantic City. The Carnegie Library building was completely revamped and is the site of many classes held there now. We sincerely urge Stockton’s president to do all he can to make this proposal become a reality. Without a doubt, the college in that location will be a winner for that neighborhood and the city. It will be a welcome sight for those driving into Atlantic City.
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