In recognition of the upcoming three-show Halloween run of Phish concerts at Boardwalk Hall, Ovation Food Services, the official concessionaire of the historic venue, has created a new specialty drink for the shows.

Named after one of Phish’s iconic songs, “Bathtub Gin,” the drink features one part gin, one part rum and two parts lemonade garnished with a lemon wheel. The specialty drink will be available all three nights, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 and 2, at all liquor bar locations within Boardwalk Hall. The event is expected to draw a sell-out crowd; in fact, there are a few tickets left.

CRDA news

  • Bids for the milling and paving of Pacific Avenue were rejected due to fatal flaws that could not be corrected. Advertising for new bids will occur at the end of this week. Twenty-nine new streetlights are being ordered for Pacific Avenue, from Boardwalk Hall to Texas Avenue, and for the beach blocks of Florida, Bellevue and Texas avenues.
  • A report on Atlantic City’s streetlights shows that missing poles and burned-out lights have been replaced in most of the Tourism District, with primary emphasis on corridors leading into the city. The next two streets to be addressed, which had the fewest lights out, are Pacific and Atlantic avenues.

On the Boardwalk, streetlights have been installed on new poles from Roosevelt Place to Jackson Avenue. During the next month, the city will install the arms and fixtures and Atlantic City Electric will switch over power from the old poles to the new ones. The brightness will be increased to the same level as the rest of the Boardwalk. Hallelujah!

  • The last report on the north side of Atlantic Avenue’s retail shops showed that fewer than 40 percent were in CRDA facade participation agreements. At the latest count, 43 of the 60 store owners (72 percent) have signed participation agreements. Construction bids for the south side of the 1600 block have been advertised, with bids due Oct. 22.
  • The late word on Bass Pro Shops came with a groundbreaking that took place Oct. 1. The parking lot has been removed. Remediation continues on the Manhattan Cleaners property. I am pleased to report that the CRDA has taken my suggestion of relocating the Christopher Columbus statue to the front of the Nike store, directly across the street from where the statue is currently located. Site plans and construction budgets are being prepared.
  • Atlantic Cape Community College’s Center for Hospitality Studies has its exterior framing nearly complete. Sheeting and interior framing also have begun. The addition on Bacharach Boulevard is scheduled for completion in June. Atlantic Cape’s Culinary Institute has an excellent reputation from graduating students who have truly become outstanding in their profession. If you enjoy eating out, Careme’s, the college’s culinary restaurant at its Mays Landing campus, is open and serving lunch and dinner.
  • Sorry to report that for the first time in many years, the Christopher Columbus Parade has been canceled. There has been no specific reason given at this time, but I believe that it was the lack of funds necessary to have a good parade. I cannot believe that there would not be enough people in our community to support a parade dedicated to Columbus.

Those who live in the Ducktown section might like to support the Bonnie Blue Foundation and the Columbus Day Committee of Atlantic City as they present the “Three Crowns for Columbus” pageant. It will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Ventnor Educational Community Complex, 400 Lafayette Ave., in Ventnor. I hope many of you will see fit to support those who have put this program together annually. Three Miss Columbus Day winners in the past five years were selected to be Miss New Jersey in the Miss America Pageant.

  • The next area for Boardwalk repairs will be between Brighton and Albany avenues. That will be followed with additional work at Kennedy Plaza/Boardwalk Hall. Railing replacements also will continue in all the areas where it is necessary to refurbish the faulty railings of the Boardwalk.
  • The beach fill project slated for Labor Day completion was delayed due to adverse ocean-current conditions. The project is wrapping up now, with work continuing on dunes into November. It is still my belief that a 14.5-foot dune, the original height of the dunes, is sufficient for its protection. The Department of Environmental Protection, the so-called experts, agreed on that height. At their rate of growth, some will soon be more than 20 feet high.
  • Outfall pipes will be extended during the months of December to March. They are direly needed to help clean out water under the drive-through portion of Boardwalk Hall.
  • As to Lighthouse District Park, plans have been completed and the jitney building has been removed. The project will be going out to bid for a contractor in the next 30 days. That park will be a wonderful asset to the Inlet community, as it will connect the Boardwalk through the park to the Absecon Lighthouse.
  • All plans necessary for the request for proposals for the inlet seawall have been submitted to the Army Corps of Engineers. The city is working on approvals for the DEP permit.

Roping in rodeo crowds

Unfortunately, I was out of town and unable to attend Atlantic City’s third annual Boardwalk Rodeo. I understand its Saturday evening show drew a nice crowd but Sunday afternoon was about half the size of Saturday night’s. I believe one of the problems is that the Atlantic City Alliance does not advertise sufficiently in the local areas. Crowds for the rodeo, hockey games and other events depend on locals living within a 30-mile radius. Having advertising one week ahead of the event is not a good way of doing business in Atlantic City. Those of us who have lived here for many years have an understanding of what it takes to get the locals to come out, and they will if they know the event is going to take place.

I would like to suggest moving the rodeo back to the spring and holding it on Friday and Saturday evenings. I would appreciate hearing from you.

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. Email Pinky at pinky@pressofac.com

Five years as Ocean County bureau chief, 12 years as regional news editor (not continuous), 10 years as copy editor (also not continuous), all at The Press of Atlantic City.