Adventures in Public-Private Partnerships – Thursday’s Roundup

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$900 Million
The City of Atlantic City City Council met for the first time since the mayor’s house was raided by the FBI, and Amy Rosenberg reports, on twitter, that the Council President Marty Small (who lost a bet and had to wear a Cowboys blanket) met with developers on a $900 million non-casino project.

Who remembers Glenn Straub’s Phoenix Project ($500 million) when he was going to bring “extreme sports,” super yachts, equestrian entertainment and a bunch of other weird sh*t to the Southeast Inlet or Bader Field?

Something tells me the current dudes are more credible.

In possibly related news, the City Council President Small said the governmental and administrative affairs committee, which he chairs, met with CRDA Monday to discuss a possible 2019 groundbreaking on a major supermarket! (Video here: 17:30 mark)

Close readers of this space will recall that Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver, in an interview with ROI-NJ last week, said Atlantic City residents are “yearning” for a suburban-style super-center supermarket or something, since we lack the “diversity” of produce available in Somers Point or Absecon or something.

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In October, CRDA retained the services of a consultant (Uplift Solutions) whose board’s chairman is also the CEO of Brown’s Super Stores which owns 10 ShopRites across the Delaware Valley. #corporatesynergy

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For photographs of the diverse array of fresh produce available at any number of mom-and-pop shops that do not enjoy a robust working relationship with the EDA, see our instagram feed.

Marijuana Studies 
Elsewhere in public-private partnerships, Stockton is working with the New Jersey CannaBusiness Association (the main marijuana industry trade group) to “grow its cannabis curriculum,” Payton Guion reports. Stockton offers a minor in marijuana studies. I am not being glib.

Casino Revenue
Lastly, in business, the Division of Gaming Enforcement released its November revenue report and how did Resorts do it?

Overall, gaming revenue for the city is up 20% but there are now two more casinos, meaning six of the original seven casinos saw year-on-year revenue drops. But Resorts saw a 10% increase. Maybe they just had a bad 2017.

In unrelated news, my mom was a waitress at Resorts. Hi mom! Actually, I’m not sure she reads us anymore…

Resorts the lone AC casino with revenue gain in November

For more feats of journalism…

Atlantic City Council Meeting Stream


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