Most area businesses will reopen today as they dodged major damage from Hurricane Irene.
“We made it through remarkably well,” said Steel Pier President Anthony Catanoso, who said his company was still assessing the extent of the damage, including some caused by sand, along with lost canvas, signage, and fencing.
“But it’s nothing to prevent us from opening,” he said, noting the pier will open at 3 p.m. today.
Flights were back in service Sunday at Atlantic City International Airport in Egg Harbor Township, with the first one arriving in the evening, South Jersey Transportation Authority spokesman Kevin Rehmann said at the airport. Rehmann said the extent of the damage there included a few downed trees, just like on the Atlantic City Expressway, where workers had taken 36 trees off the roadway by 5 p.m.
Also, returning residents and visitors to Atlantic City will be able to shop today, with The Walk reopening at 10 a.m. and set to stay open until 9 p.m.
“We weathered it very well,” spokeswoman Kim Butler said, adding that there wasn’t even a single broken window. “Our merchants took proper precautions, moving merchandise away from windows and boarding up from the inside.”
There was a little help from a somewhat toned-down Hurricane Irene as well.
“I think we caught a break,” Butler said.
Contact Lynda Cohen:
Atlantic City International Airport: reopened Sunday
Hamilton Mall: 10 a.m. Monday
Cumberland Mall: Reopened Sunday
The Pier Shops at Caesars: 11 a.m. Monday
The Walk: 10 a.m. Monday
Steel Pier: 3 p.m. Monday
Frank Theaters: Shows uninterrupted
Morey’s Piers: Assessing damage, which seemed relatively minor, spokeswoman Lindsey Young said. The various piers will reopen as follows: Raging Waters: noon today; Mariner’s Landing: 5 p.m. Monday; Ocean Oasis: 10 a.m. Tuesday; Adventure and Surfside piers: 5 p.m. Tuesday
Regal Hamilton Commons Stadium 14: Shows uninterrupted
Shore Mall: Could not be reached