Nighttime Economies, Rabbits, Hospitals – Monday’s Roundup

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Nighttime Economies
Atlantic City isn’t the only city in the United States that has to manage noise and antisocial behavior issues related to its nighttime businesses. Orlando and Fort Lauderdale in Florida have recently appointed officials – ‘nighttime economy czars’ – charged with figuring out how best to manage relations and the issues that crop up between tourists, locals and the nighttime businesses. Route Fifty has an interview with the expert in Orlando – it’s worth reading for those of you involved in the bar/restaurant/casino industries, or just interested in city planning issues.

Rabbits
There are bunnies everywhere, as our two-year-old keeps pointing out. Maybe it was the warm-ish winter. Maybe it’s all that beautiful landscaping in Margate and Longport (I have yet to spot one in Atlantic City). No one seems to know how many there are, but everyone seems to agree there’s been an increase. The Philly Voice tried to get some answers on why the bunnies are taking over Downbeach.

Hospitals
A group of 17 New Jersey hospitals, including many in rural South Jersey, will benefit from $36.5 million in federal funding to help pay for doctors and others who provide services for seniors and low-income patients, NJSpotlight reports. The funding came about as a result of a special request by some members of the state’s bipartisan congressional delegation. Other states routinely receive this funding to protect health-care workers’ wages in rural areas, but New Jersey has had to request the funding since it has no rural areas under Medicare and Medicaid designations.

In the rest of the headlines from the weekend and this morning, the $1 million teachers v. Sweeney battle, real estate prices in Philly suburbs are rising but the picture is less pretty in South Jersey with average home prices in Burlington and Camden counties still below 2007 levels, read this feature on local amateur radio operators, flooding from the new dunes was bad for Margate businesses, there were no injuries after the EHT ShopRite caught on fire on Sunday, there’s a flash-flood watch in effect this afternoon. All that and more below:

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