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

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Atlantic City Observation Wheel
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). And it will be an 18-minute-long ride, according to Steel Pier owner Anthony Catanoso. When we were down there this past weekend, the Steel Pier helicopter (they go up and down the shore and over the city, prices start at $49) was doing a brisk business.

Health System Merger
Cooper University Health Care announced plans yesterday to buy medical centers in Burlington, Trenton and Camden from a Michigan-based company. “If it meets with regulatory approval, Cooper claims the deal would create the largest health system in South Jersey and the fourth-largest in the state: a $2-billion entity with a staff of 12,000 and a potential patient pool of 2.1 million people across seven counties,” wrote our NJ News Commons colleague Matt Skoufalos for NJPen. Click through for an in-depth look at the proposal.

Sports Bet Ban
This fall New Jersey will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to end a ban on sports betting in all but four states. If the court were to strike down the ban, New Jersey would be able to get in on an estimated $150-billion-dollar industry. Experts seem to think the state could be in with a chance, according to Wayne Parry’s analysis for the Associated Press.

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Enjoy the Labor Day weekend, we’ll be back on Tuesday. If you liked today’s featured image, consider heading over to see the exhibit at the Riverfront Renaissance Center (it’s open over the weekend – check opening hours here).

In the rest of the day’s news, the Taj Mahal liquidation sale is almost done, hundreds turned out for last night’s Overdose Awareness Day events in South Jersey, Longport (and Avalon) have teamed up with Stockton University to study flooding in the borough, Ocean City is hosting an extreme weather conference next Thursday (remember that time well-remunerated experts said Atlantic City should get in on the climate business?) All that and more below:

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