A packed house attends the CRDA's forum on a master plan for the Tourism District in Atlantic City on Wednesday morning.

Sarah Watson

At least 200 people are at the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority's forum on the proposed Tourism District master plan at the Atlantic City Convention Center Weddnesday morning.

The forum is specifically to obtain comments and ideas from the business community, said CRDA executive director John Palmieri.

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The CRDA is charged with putting together a master plan by February 1, a type of document that typically takes years.

"It's an accelerated schedule, but we can do it with turnouts like this," Palmieri said. "I know we will be collecting some very important information."

Among the issues already discussed by attendees include developing museums, highlighting the city's jazz culture, developing environmentally friendly buildings and improvements and improving security.

"The reason so many of us are here is we need your help and expertise and we need it quickly," said Mark Santori, a security advocate.

The line of people who are seeking to speak in the next hour and a half already is 10 people deep.


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