Glenn Straub is onto something with his plan to revive Atlantic City’s Bader Field as an airport, according to PlayNJ. “More flights to and from Atlantic City is something the city desperately needs,” writes Steve Ruddock (emphasis his). The piece goes on to note that most people currently drive, or fly to Philly and then drive, and there are various drawbacks to all the variations on these options. We’ve been interested for a while in a data project with Uber and/or Lyft, since we think more and more people are using ride-share services to get to Newark and Philadelphia Airports – it’s not just gamblers that need a better connection between AC and its neighboring cities, it’s workers too. Sometimes I like to daydream about what could have happened if all the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority money that went on projects that never happened (the Marketplace etc) or were torn down again (Laser lighthouse, Artlantic) had instead been spent on improving the speed of the train line to Philadelphia. Anyway. Let me know if you’re interested in trying to map Uber journeys around the South Jersey area and maybe we can make it happen. – Elinor
That Alligator Again
If you thought the alligator-in-an-Atlantic-City-motel story was over, think again. The alligator (who was sent to the Cape May zoo after police raided the motel) had previously been used as a prop in a rap video filmed at the Bayview Inn & Suites, reports Lynda Cohen for BreakingAC.Com. The motel is set for demolition.
In the rest of the day’s news, the Pinelands Commission staff recommended approving the New Jersey Natural Gas pipeline known as the Southern Reliability Link, photos taken by 12 Atlantic City and Pleasantville students during a seven-week Coalition for a Safe Community program this summer are now on display at the Noyes Arts Garage, the Atlanticare Foundation donated $10,000 to the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office’s Naloxone initiative, Gov. Chris Christie signed off on an early retirement program for AC’s first responders but there are few details of how it will work, and a South Jersey baking company has paid out $60,000 in a maternity leave suit. All that and more below: