Revel, Healthcare Center Cuts, Camden Schools – Monday’s Roundup

A New York-based investment firm said it increased its offer for the former Revel casino to $225 million (from $220 million), Nicholas Huba reported for The Press of Atlantic City on Friday. Property owner Glenn Straub said he hadn’t heard of the offer and it’s costing him $1 million a month to run the (closed) casino.

Pinelands Pipeline II, ‘Wetlands’, Boost! – Friday’s Roundup

The Pinelands Commission on Thursday approved a second natural gas pipeline through the protected pinelands, even as some of the commissioners said it went against their oath to safeguard the area, NJ Spotlight reports. The 30-mile ‘Southern Reliability Link’, run by New Jersey Natural Gas, will run across the state through the northern part of the Pine Barrens.

Local Business Owners Learn What It Takes To Be a Successful Entrepreneur

Two dozen local business owners gathered in Atlantic City’s Carnegie Center last night to listen to a live interview with the founder of Grace & Glory Yoga, Allie Nunzi. Nunzi, interviewed by Route 40, talked about how she started her business with under $1,000 in the bank and had to think from the beginning about making sure there were “feet on the mat.” By focusing on the people coming in the door she was able to build a sustainable business that – five years in – now includes two locations and a non-profit spinoff, The Leadership Studio.

High-Speed Trains, Storm Surges – Tuesday’s Roundup

How would you like a high-speed train line from Atlantic City to New York? Last week Atlantic City’s council took a step toward making that dream into an actual plan, by unanimously approving a resolution to support a direct high-speed rail link through Tom’s River to the Big Apple.

Amazon, Miss America, Gilchrist – Monday’s Roundup

NJ Spotlight thinks New Jersey has a shot at luring Amazon, seeking a home for its second corporate headquarters, and “even Atlantic City” could draw interest. AC’s attraction would be partly because it’s a designated growth zone and companies making investments in the city are eligible for more tax breaks from the state’s Economic Development Authority.

School Funding, Bridgeton ID Card, Weather Events – Friday’s Roundup

President Trump’s planned cuts to education funding would mean tough choices to be made at South Jersey schools, which receive more federal funding than schools in the north of the state. NJ Spotlight has published an interactive map that shows New Jersey schools by the percentage of their budget that comes from federal funding.

Gardner’s Basin, Costco, Dr Kauffman – Thursday’s Roundup

Gardner’s Basin
Atlantic City Council voted 5-4 after an hour’s long discussion to proceed with a lease-and-management plan for Gardner’s Basin, the city’s 11.6-acre public park that is home to the Atlantic City Aquarium and Gilchrist restaurant. The plan would hand over running of the site to local developer Scarborough Properties and allow them to add a new restaurant, a water taxi, mini golf and other facilities, Erin Serpico reports for The Press of Atlantic City. Costco
An existing Shop-Rite lawsuit against a Cherry Hill ordinance the supermarket chain says was tailored to open doors to Costco could void the recently-approved redevelopment plan that green lighted the warehouse store’s construction, Kevin Riordan reports for The Inquirer. Also – read Matt Skoufalos of NJPen on residents’ concerns about the project, which is set to be built (future legal challenges aside) on a site earmarked for a mixed residential-and-commercial and transit-focused development that would have given Cherry Hill the downtown it never had. Dr. Kauffman
A grand jury has indicted Dr. James Kauffman on weapons and obstruction charges after he pulled a gun when investigators came to his office with a search warrant, Lynda Cohen reports for

Substance Abuse Treatment Report, South Jersey Unloved, Sexual Harassment Case – Wednesday’s Roundup

A staggering 10 percent of all admissions for substance abuse treatment in New Jersey came from Ocean County residents last year, according to newly released data (link to full report, county admissions table on page 4). Atlantic County residents made up 6 percent of all statewide admissions (the fifth most admissions last year behind Ocean, Camden, Essex and Monmouth counties).

Prescription Benefits Probe, Beach Tag Revenue, Woodcraft Biz – Tuesday’s Roundup

The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office is seeking records related to prescription benefits of Mainland Regional High School employees, Suzanne Marino reported for The Press of Atlantic City on Friday. The subpoena sent to the school is similar to those sent to city governments in Atlantic City, Ventnor and Margate in July (those three towns were also subpoenaed by the FBI in June).

From Sales Rep to Woodcraft Business Owner

Jared Cocca was selling medical devices, driving thousands of miles each year for a paycheck and two weeks’ holiday. But earlier this year, the twenty-something Mays Landing resident ditched the steady gig in favor of starting his own woodcraft business.

Atlantic City Observation Wheel, Health System Merger, Sports Bet Ban – Friday’s Roundup

It’s been hard to miss the new addition to Atlantic City’s skyline this summer – especially at night. The 225-foot observation wheel on Steel Pier is set to open this month, reports Atlantic City Weekly (no official opening date has been fixed yet). The gondolas boast climate control, so don’t worry too much about the end-of-season opening (there will be heating for the winter).