Cape May Chamber of Commerce, Doreen, 609-884-5508,
OCCUPANCY TAX - eNTIRE CAPE MAY COUNTY FOR THE MONTH OF JUNE $1,819,512 - 2018. - DIANE WEILAND, CAPE MAY COUNTRY TOURISM
OCCUPANCY TAX - ENTIRE CAPE MAY COUNTY FOR THE MONTH OF JUNE 2019 - $1,988,580. DIANE WEILAND AND CAPE MAY COUNTY TOURISM
oCEAN CITY CITY CLERK, Melissa Rasner, 609-525-9328, left message at 1:21 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, 2019.
Ocean City Chamber of Commerce, Michele Gillian, 609-399-1412 or 609-846-4344 (cell), I will call her at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019.
CAPE MAY CITY CLERK -
Diane Weiland - Cape May County, Cape May County Tourism, public information officer. 609-463-6415
MEET AC Or CRDA -
1. 7th Street Surf, YES, 7th Street Surf Shop, 720 Asbury Ave., Ocean City, 609-398-7070. Owner Larry Friedel or Friedel
2. John & Patty's
3. Ward's Pastry
4. Island Beach Gear
5. Interior by Joanne, 757 Asbury Ave., Ocean City, 609-399-4600, Joanne, between 1 and 2 p.m. YES
6. Yanni's, 609-391-1113, left message at 4:07 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14.
7. Jon and Patti's Coffee Bar & Bistro, 637 Asbury Ave., 609-399-3377, left message at 4:17 p.m. WE WILL VISIT JON OR KAREN ON TUESDAY.
8. Flea Market
9. Soup and Sip, THE SOUP BAR STORE, 856-313-4389
10. FoYo Yogurt,
11. Johnson Appliance and Bedding, Johnson's Appliances & Bedding, 930 Asbury Ave., Ocean City, 609-399-1958, call back another time.
12. Bow Fish Kids, 609-938-1901, there is a problem completing the call.
13. Lisa Jane's Salon
14. Bennie's Bread & Italian Market, 1159 Asbury Ave., Ocean City, 609-398-9450, one of the owners.
Susan Krysiak, 609-602-1383
1. Hillary Pritchard owns Whale's Tales, 609-884-4808, 312 Washington St., left message at 2:54 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, 2019
2. Fins Bar & Grille Jackson Street, 609-884-3449. I COULDN'T LEAVE A MESSAGE ON monday, AUG. 26. Peter owns Peter Shield Inn.
3. Fish Market - Cape May Fish Market, 609-770-3790, gave them a phone number, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Hannah double checking with the owners. Spoke to Hannah at 2:57 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26. She is double checking with owners.
4. Della's 5 & 10, manager, I will call back at 3 p.m. Friday, Aug 22. 609-884-4568. I called at 2:59 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26. There was no answer.
5. Cape May Chamber of Commerce, 609-884-5508
6. City - Beach Tags (city and county, occupancy tax and beach tags, city manager) and Meters
7. Ugly Mug, Ocean City, 609-884-3459, Victoria, the manager. She said I will hear back from the head manager of the Ugly Mug. 4 p.m.
8. Across The Way, left message at 3:38 p.m. mONDAY, Aug. 26 at 609-884-4199.
9. Art Bloc, I left a message at 3:40 P.M. mONDAY, aUG. 26 AT 609-884-2000, 507 Washington St.
10. Authentic Sportswear, Lisa or Steve, 609-898-0066, LEFT MESSAGE AT 3:42 a.m. mONDAY, Aug. 26.
11. Cape Atlantic Book Company, 421 wASHINGTON sT., GO UP THE ESCALATOR, LEFT A MESSAGE FOR pATRICK at 3:43 P.M. 609-846-7688 at 1:18 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, 2019.
11. (GOT) Bath Time, 25th anniversary, Bonnie, 318 Washington St., 609-884-9234.
12. A Place On Earth
13. Winterwood Gift & Christmas - I could not reach anyone at the store.
14. MAYBE: COTTON COMPANY. 517 Washington St., 609-600-2923; LACE SILHOUETTE, HUTCH,
15. (GOT) Cape May Art Gallery, 323 Washington Street Mall. I spoke to C.P., who said he would leave a message for Joe, a manager from the Ocean City store. The phone number is 609-884-4803. THEY CANCELLED ON SATURDAY.
16. Crafters - Makers Making
17. Tara Catering, second floor, small plates only, own George's
18. Book store in the mall.
19. (GOT, CALL ED, THE GENERAL MANAGER AT 10 A.M. TUESDAY, AUG. 27 AT 609-770-8559. Delaney's Irish Pub, 400 Washington St.
Stephanie Ryan-Showell, the president of Weist-Barron-Ryan Casting, which is based in Pleasantville, said one of their former acting students just landed a $1 million contract to shoot a Screen Actors Guild film in the Atlantic City area. Ryan-Showell said will be meeting with the student on Wednesday.
"I know we have two films that are looking at this area that have $200 million-plus budgets," said Ryan-Showell, who added the only thing this area is missing for filmmaking is broadband.
"The Atlantic City Story" is a full-length feature film that was written and directed by Henry Butash, 26, of Manhattan, N.Y. and produced by Javier Gonzalez, 41, of Brooklyn, N.Y. Butash and Gonzalez know each other because they worked together on a previous film.
"The Atlantic City Story" is the tale of an unhappily, married mother, who runs away from her husband and heads to Atlantic City where she met a young gambler.
Butash grew up in Chatham, Morris County, and he said that Jersey Shore had some sort of mythic quality to him growing up. During his childhood, he saw Elton John at Boardwalk Hall.
Butash wrote the script last year and spent time immersing himself in the resort to the point where some of the dialogue he overheard in the casinos he included in his script.
"The Atlantic City Story" was filmed from the middle of February to the middle of March.
Among the locations where filming took place include the Atlantic City Boardwalk, Steel Pier, Absecon Lighthouse, White House Sub Shop, Boardwalk Hall, the Irish Pub, Pic-a-Lilli Pub, the interiors of Resorts Casino Hotel and the marina at the Golden Nugget Atlantic City.
Last summer, Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law the Film Tax Credit, which provides a tax credit of 30 percent of qualified film production expenses with the potential for bonus credits depending on where in New Jersey goods and services are purchased.
To be eligible for the program, a film must spend at least 60 percent of its total budget through vendors authorized to do business in New Jersey or spend more than $1 million in qualified expenses in New Jersey.
The film tax credits were very important to "The Atlantic City Story," Gonzalez said. The tax credits in Atlantic City were 35 percent, not 30 percent. The film tax credits save the filmmakers $50,000 in the making of their movie, Gonzalez said.
"It (the film tax credits) ended up being a huge help to us to pretty much do exactly what we wanted, exactly what the movie needed," Butash said. "The city couldn't have been more hospital."
Their filming during the winter, in the off-season in the resort made everything go easier.
"I couldn't recommend filming in Atlantic County enough," Gonzalez said.
"The Atlantic City Story" is currently in post-production. The filmmakers plan to have a world premiere for their movie next year.
The movie's female lead, Jane, played by Jessica Hecht, appeared in the movies "J. Edgar," "Whatever Works" and "Dan in Real Life." Jane's husband will be played by Gary Wilmes, who has appeared in the TV series "Billions," "Louie" and "Homeland."
The young gambler role will be played by Mike Faist, who has been cast in the role of Riff in Steven Spielberg remake of "West Side Story," which will be in theaters in December 2020.
Gonzalez and Butash said they would like to arrange for the screening of their film inside Resorts because they shot their interiors in the casino, and the casino has movie screening room inside of it.