On my visit last week to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla., I had dinner in the Council Oak Steaks & Seafood Restaurant. Like most restaurants, it had recorded music for its clientele and an excellent selection of varied types of music.

I was shocked and delighted when, for the first time in any restaurant that I have been to, Bert Parks was singing, “There She Is, Miss America.” A look at those around us noted several people looking up and smiling and talking about Miss America. Was it on the playlist because they knew that Jim Allen, the Seminole Hard Rock’s chief executive officer, was from the Atlantic City area?

I asked the waiter if he had heard the song played before, and he told me that he recollected hearing it every so often. He then sang a few lines of the song. Wouldn’t it be nice if the Atlantic City Alliance made that recording available to restaurants in various communities they, their staffs and their friends visit?

A year or so ago, a recommendation was made to the ACA that various radio shows, from communities where they have purchased advertisements, should be invited to do their shows from Atlantic City. This is a great way to have the talk-show hosts and disc jockeys report to their listeners their Boardwalk experience. They could then be sent home with a box of saltwater taffy and a recording of “On The Boardwalk (In Atlantic City).” A site for the broadcast could be found in Boardwalk Hall. It is not a very costly project.

Boardwalk Committee notes

Gun buy-backs

Tourism District Commander Tom Gilbert announced that a gun buy-back program will take place from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 22-23 at the 2nd Baptist Church on New York and Arctic avenues in Atlantic City. A similar buy-back program will be held at the same date and time in Pleasantville.

He also noted a civil engineer was contracted for a mapping system of the street lights through a grant from the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority. This will determine who owns the lights and who is responsible if they are not working or have been blown down.

The CRDA has granted $3.5 million to the Atlantic City Police Department to upgrade and review existing cameras throughout the city. They will then create a pathway to build out, including a central location to control the system. It will be based on the cost of utilities.

CRDA programs

The facade project on Virginia Avenue between Atlantic and Pacific avenues is 92 percent complete. It is expected to be finished within a couple of weeks. Also, the design is in progress for facade improvements on the 1600 and 1700 blocks of Atlantic Avenue.

Bids were received in February for the Boardwalk’s exterior lighting project, and the CRDA’s board of directors will consider awarding a contract March 19. The project’s completion is scheduled for fall. Arrangements are also being made for the installation of the street lights surrounding Boardwalk Hall. Both projects are expected to be completed before the Miss America Pageant in September.

The long-awaited milling and paving of Pacific Avenue will commence after the pageant. It is anticipated it will take at least several months to complete the task. At that time, there will be consideration of milling and paving Atlantic Avenue.

Bids were opened at the February meeting for the “Tenant Fit Out” arts project at the Wave Garage. It will consist of 12 small studios, several small galleries, the museum shop and a small cafe. The CRDA’s board will consider awarding a contract March 19. Upon completion, The Noyes Museum, under the auspices of Stockton College, will take over the operation of the site.

This will greatly enhance Atlantic City’s development of an Arts District.

The City Engineer’s Office is designing the foundation for the 72 street-end polls that will be installed on the beach side of the Boardwalk. These polls will hold cameras, flowers, flags and other attractive and decorative items.

Phase 2 of the Boardwalk lighting project will commence shortly. The city is in the process of amending its contract with Atlantic City Electric in order to install about 36 poles from Roosevelt Place to Jackson Avenue. That should all be done by the beginning of the summer.

Special Improvement Division

Cleaning under and on the Boardwalk continues on a daily basis. Police Officer Bill Wentz and the Ambassadors are doing an admirable job of keeping the homeless from sleeping under the Boardwalk. The last time they had a sweep under the Boardwalk, they found only one individual, who was turned over to the various organizations for assistance. That is the lowest it has been for quite a period of time.

A nature trail program is under way for the Richmond Avenue School in the lot at Bartram Avenue and the Boardwalk. This will create an awareness of the different types of shrubs that grow on the beach. The installation of arches with street signs will continue, with about 20 being completed by July 4th. Eight shower towers will be put in at all the lifeguard beach tents.

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