The Miss America contestants will make their first public appearance 4 p.m. Tuesday at Kennedy Plaza in front of Boardwalk Hall. The public is invited to attend and to give our guests a rousing, sincere welcome.
The event will be broadcast on Pinky's Corner on WOND 1400-AM and will be available for people around the nation on the Internet at wondradio.com
Dave Coskey, president of Longport Media, has also arranged for the station to broadcast Miss America's Show Us Your Shoes Parade, which will be held Saturday, Sept. 14, at 5 p.m. This too will be available on the Internet, and a satellite will be used to make the broadcast available to other radio stations around the nation at no fee. This will be for the stations in each state and hometown of the contestants and will result in a national two-hour promotion for Atlantic City.
Since leaving Atlantic City, the Miss America Competition has held the show in a 7,000-seat theater. The Boardwalk Hall, the site of the preliminaries and finals in Atlantic City, has a capacity of 14,000 people. One major feature that will be present in Boardwalk Hall, which none of the Las Vegas theaters had, is a 50-foot runway for their production. This enhances the quality of the program to be presented.
The preliminary productions will be held Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 10, 11 and 12. The selection of 15 finalists will be based on their evening gown, swimsuit and talent performances. The Sunday evening, Sept. 15 final presentation will be presented on ABC starting at 9pm. There will be a one-hour show prior to the finals that will have excerpts from the parade and other activities.
The competition will have two sets of judges, one for the preliminaries and a celebrity group for the final show. The finalists will be judged on evening gowns, swimsuits and interviews. Out of the final 15, 10 will be selected to present their talent. The final judging will be on those three events plus a question for the five finalists.
The average age of those viewing the show two years ago was 54. Last year it was 37. This is one of the items that attracted the ABC Network to sign a three-year contract to broadcast the competition commencing this year. It was also the most tweeted show of any during its time period.
N.J. changes regulations
In preparation for the launch of online gambling this fall in Atlantic City casinos, the state Division of Gaming Enforcement requested feedback from players, casinos and other stakeholders. One of the biggest concerns raised was whether security regulations are sufficient.
The state recently updated its regulations to protect against fraud and keep minors off Internet gambling sites.
Players will be able to request stronger security settings, and the gambling sites will allow them to add security questions. Also, online gamblers will be automatically logged out of their accounts if they have been idle for 15 minutes. The new regulations are available at the attorney general's website. For more information, see bit.ly/pressdge
There is concern, however, that one change could make players more vulnerable to fraud. Previously, players were to be required to register for their online gambling accounts in person at a casino. The new rules allow players to register their accounts online.
The DGE said it introduced the new guidelines this summer to give people time to respond.
It will be interesting to see the reaction to the change from having to be in Atlantic City to register to being able to register online.
Recently, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority hired Elizabeth Terenik as director of planning. She joined with Rose Ann Lafferty, the CRDA's land-use regulation officer, to clean up various shops in the Tourism District. It has been noted that there were illegal signs that were being hung in both the interior and exterior of retail units and various eateries.
Warning notices have been given to shop owners and managers to make the Tourism District and their shops more attractive. Included in the warnings are the need to do away with signs that move, such as banners, streamers, flags, propellers and flashing lights. Also, window signs should not cover more than one third of the window. Portable signs and signs affixed to trees, utility poles or ledges must be removed. In addition, A-frame sandwich boards, sidewalk and curb signs are illegal. Unsafe, damaged, deteriorated and/or unsightly signs and outside display of merchandise are prohibited. The warning gives the operators five days from the date of their notice to avoid any further legal action.
Many of the restaurants on the Boardwalk have been given permission to have tables in front of their properties and most have a fence around the area designated for their clientele. No signs are to be permitted on the fences.
These two enterprising and hard-working women are dedicated to helping the merchants display their merchandise in a better position to aid the customers coming into their stores. It is their belief, and rightfully so, that a clean, well-designed display of merchandise will provide more business for merchants.
Compliance, to date, has been outstanding. This is just the beginning of a campaign that will affect all the businesses in the Tourism District and hopefully, the rest of the city.
Pinky's Corner appears every Thursday in The Press. The Pinky's Corner radio show airs 4 to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays on WOND 1400-AM. His TV show, "WMGM Presents Pinky," airs 7:30 p.m. Saturdays on NBC TV40. E-mail Pinky at firstname.lastname@example.org