Two years ago, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority unveiled Atlantic City’s Tourism District Master Plan. More than 500 interested people turned out Feb. 1, 2012, at the Atlantic City Convention Center to hear the varied facets of the plan.
The portion that has remained in my mind is the renderings of artistic lighting of the buildings along the Boardwalk, created by the architectural firm Jerde, of Venice Beach, Calif. Accompanying today’s column is one of the renderings presented at the unveiling.
The renderings were shown to members of the Boardwalk Committee, who recommended that they be shown to members of the CRDA’s Atlantic City Committee.
The committee members said they would look them over and give me their reaction in the future. Several members had specific positive comments.
It is my understanding that a few of the Boardwalk casinos are considering new lighting programs that will enhance the exterior look of their facilities. Each of the casinos has revenue with the CRDA that may be used for exterior lighting projects. I believe that once one of the casinos does this, others will follow. We need to brighten up Atlantic City's Boardwalk, and this is a great way to do it.
It is also anticipated that revenue from the CRDA may be used to enhance lighting programs for many of the retail units along the Boardwalk and the lights along the railing. It is time to bring our Boardwalk into the 21st century, and it is my belief a beautiful lighting program will go a long way toward accomplishing that goal.
What you see in the renderings are just proposals. The casinos would all have the opportunity to select lighting programs that best fit their buildings. As to the rest of the Boardwalk, a contest should be held for architectural artists that do this kind of work. The Atlantic City Committee would then select what they believe will be best for the Boardwalk.
Many locals have wondered what facets of the Tourism District Master Plan have been put into effect during the past two years. Following is a list of projects of the master plan’s implementation:
FLEX FIELDS: Pinnacle site, Artlantic Wonder, volleyball courts;
ATLANTIC AVENUE: Façade program, support for residential renovation program, Main Street support;
CLEAN AND SAFE: Pocket parks on vacant lots, new bus/jitney shelters, tip411 funding, holiday decor, Boardwalk Ambassadors, demolition, land-use compliance, street lighting;
BOARDWALK AND STREET LOCATIONS: Code enforcement funding, investment into diversifying the tourism economy, Steel Pier expansion and observation wheel, Margaritaville, Taj Mahal boardwalk façade, Bass Pro Shops, Harrah’s Conference Center, 3-D light show at Boardwalk Hall, performance venue on the Boardwalk-Gurwitz’ property (Etude Atlantis), Lighthouse District Park
GARAGE: Noyes Museum and Gallery at The Wave (the Arts Garage).
Notes of interest
YACHT RACE WEEK
The 37th annual Atlantic City Yacht Race Week will be held July 19-20. The sailors are excited to announce that the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society will be actively involved in this year's race. The Ocean City Yacht Club will again partner with the Avalon, Brigantine, Corinthian and Metedeconck yacht clubs to continue to provide support and excellent race management.
Thousands sitting on the beach will enjoy watching the beauty of the yachts racing along the waters of the Atlantic Ocean fronting Atlantic City. This year, the sailors will not only enjoy the challenge of the races, but also will have the satisfaction of raising their sails and thousands of dollars for those who suffer from leukemia and lymphoma.
Atlantic Cape Community College will mark its 31st annual Restaurant Gala on March 13 at Bally's Atlantic City by honoring Anthony Catanoso and Steel Pier Associates and Peter Slavin, a Philadelphia-based performance ice carver. Slavin is a 1984 graduate of the college’s Academy of Culinary Arts and has won several international sculpting competitions. Slavin will perform during the gala's cocktail reception.
Catanoso, president of Steel Pier Associates, and his family own and operate the world-famous Steel Pier in Atlantic City. The are leading a five-year, $100 million renovation of the pier, which will be an integral part of Atlantic City's resurgence.
They are planning to build a 200-foot high Ferris wheel with gondolas that are completely enclosed and heated as well as air-conditioned.
In addition, they are considering having a water slide on the beach adjacent to the Steel Pier.
Since 1984, the gala has raised $3 million for scholarships at the Academy of Culinary Arts and Atlantic Cape foundation operations.
Tickets are $225 per person.
BOARDWALK HALL EVENTS
Feb. 8, Mark Anthony; Feb. 9, Red Line Classic; Feb. 14, Albany Devils versus Hershey Bears hockey game; Feb. 15, Luke Bryan; Feb. 22, Kayne West
CONVENTION CENTER EVENTS
Feb. 6, 7 and 8, Atlantic City Boat Show; Feb. 11-12, Mid-Atlantic Hardscaping Show; Feb. 14, 15 and 16, Atlantic City RV & Camping Show; Feb. 22, The Big Show; Feb. 26 and 27, New Jersey Bar Exam; Feb. 28, Atlantic City Classic Car Show.
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