A recent interview with Atlantic City Public Safety Director Willie Glass — who oversees the police, fire, beach patrol, emergency management and communications departments — brought forth the information that he and police Chief Ernest Jubilee are extremely pleased with the operation of the Police Department’s Boardwalk substation. It was the first one to be established in too many years.
It is located in what used to be the entrance to the people-mover at Indiana Avenue and the Boardwalk that took visitors and residents directly from the Boardwalk to the Sands and Claridge casinos. It has been completely refurbished and has a dual purpose — a substation for police and headquarters for the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority’s Ambassador program.
Glass stated that in the not-too-distant-future he expects to have a substation located in Stanley Holmes Village. After that is up and running, he said, he would like to open a substation in the Back Maryland section of the city. Several residents of those areas told me they are pleased to hear of the plan for substations in their neighborhoods. They believe it would dramatically increase the safety factor for all concerned.
SJTA executive director
This position remains open, but there are lots of names being suggested to lead the authority. One of the names being bandied about is that of acting Executive Director Sam Donelson. Another is Assemblyman John Amodeo, a Republican. Several others are vying for the position. Gov. Chris Christie will make the final decision.
There is a lot of pressure from the Camden County delegation to get someone they are familiar with. Of course, there are those in Atlantic County who want to have the new director be one of their residents. This is an interesting battle that is currently going on behind the scenes. All refuse any public comment, but believe me, it’s not comments being tossed back and forth. This is an important position and deserves to have the most qualified person selected.
If Amodeo is selected, it would leave the Republicans with the necessity to replace him with one of the present officeholders who would certainly be interested in filling the Assembly seat. It is anticipated that among those who would be on the list to replace Amodeo are former Assemblyman Vince Polistina, as well as Atlantic County Freeholder Chairman Frank Formica and board members John Risley and Alex Marino. Also being mentioned is Margate Commissioner Brenda Taube. The selection would be a very important one for the governor, since he is up for re-election next year and would like to have a strong candidate here, if that seat is open.
Atlantic City Cinefest
About 34 years ago, discussions were held about having a film festival in Atlantic City. Unfortunately, those who have tried it over the years were unable to succeed. However, it looks as though the Atlantic City Cinefest is on the road to making its 5th annual Downbeach Film Festival a success. The event will be held Oct. 12-14 throughout Atlantic City. Helping to celebrate this occasion will be Robert Downey Sr., and “Boardwalk Empire” creator Terence Winter, as well as character actor Peter Dobson and possibly more.
Once you get stars of this magnitude, people are sure to come not only to see the stars but to see the films that will be shown. Downey will present his 1969 classic “Putney Swope” as the opening night film, at Showboat Casino Hotel. It kicks off at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are priced at just $5.
Winter is head writer and producer for HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire.” He will be at the festival Oct. 13, participating in the free panel on filmmaking in the afternoon, at Dante Hall. Winter will also be talking about Season 3 of the HBO series, set in Atlantic City during Prohibition. Winter has made it possible for guests to have the opportunity to screen a new episode of the series immediately preceding the panel at Dante Hall, the presenting sponsor. Winter also wrote a film now being produced by Martin Scorsese.
Revel will host Friday night’s afterparty, and Showboat will host the closing reception following the awards ceremony at Dante Hall. There will also be movie screenings at Golden Nugget Atlantic City on Oct. 14
Cullen returning to city
Margarita Hospitality Group has just named Bob Cullen, who worked in the Atlantic City casino market for more than 20 years, as Margaritaville’s regional general manager.
Cullen will oversee the Atlantic City project and then expand his region to include Bossier City, La., and Cincinnati in the near future. He is a food and beverage operator with a proven track record of opening and operating food and beverage operations within casinos.
Prior to Margaritaville, he was the president/owner of Opening Solutions, a hands-on consulting business coordinating numerous hotel and casino openings with the expansion of gaming in the United States.
Cullen has more than 25 years of experience in operations, including seven years as vice president of food and beverage at Caesars Atlantic City. Many may remember the Planet Hollywood restaurant and entertainment venue that opened in Caesars on the site that is now the Boardwalk Beer Garden and Dusk. Cullen successfully opened and operated that facility before moving on.
He told me he was delighted to come back to Atlantic City. I am happy to see that Margaritaville selected someone who is familiar with the resort and its operations. Plans for this facility are moving quickly, and it will not be too long before you will see construction workers on that site.
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