“The Boardwalk is for slow cruising only,” reads a new sign on the Atlantic City stretch of the Boardwalk, not far from Jackson Ave. The “Atlantic City Boardwalk Bike Riding Etiquette” sign is filled with other good advice too, such as to yield to pedestrians, walk bicycles through crowds and be prepared to stop. We at Route 40 are avid Boardwalk cyclists and we’re fans of the intention behind the sign. Even the wording is intelligible and straight-forward (leaving aside slow cruising double entendres). But there’s the rub.
The Atlantic City-Hammonton metropolitan area is – finally – seeing some job growth. There were 2,700 more jobs in the area this August compared to the same month last year, an increase of 2 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (not seasonally adjusted) nonfarm payroll numbers (spotted by Jim Kennedy – follow him on Twitter at @ACEconPolicy). The Vineland and Bridgeton area is also on a roll, with an increase of 2,100 jobs or a gain of 3.7 percent in August from the same month in 2016.
New Jersey is considering curbing the lavish meals and other incentives handed out to doctors by pharmaceutical companies, reports the AP. New Jersey’s Attorney General Christopher Porrino held a public hearing in Newark on Thursday to discuss whether the incentives encourage doctors to prescribe highly-addictive medications such as opioids.
I was warned off cycling on the Atlantic City Boardwalk near Tropicana on Wednesday around 1.45 pm, where two patrol cars and four police were stopping cyclists. There are four hours during the winter when the Boardwalk (and only between Albany and Connecticut Aves) is closed to cyclists.
We had a fantastic time last night hanging with the Bungalow Park neighborhood posse for our Voting Block political potluck (we’ll be sharing that conversation soon). If you fancy gathering your neighbors and friends to talk NJ political issues over food and drink, find out here how you can host your own political potluck. Superstorm Sandy Steroids
“Up and down the New Jersey coastline, houses have gotten bigger, taller and, with few exceptions, pricier since Sandy pummeled the Shore on Oct. 29, 2012. Year-round ownership continues to decline as buyers snap up second homes, undeterred by the possibility of another devastating storm.”
Atlantic City’s Bungalow Park now has a new website and several videos that showcase the residential neighborhood, thanks to a grant from a New Jersey nonprofit that seeks to resell abandoned properties and “transform at-risk communities.”
The lawsuit filed by Atlantic County and municipal officials against Atlantic City and the state over property taxes is at a “critical stage” according to one of the parties who first filed the suit. Judge Mendez is expected to make a decision next month in the case that alleges the Casino Property Tax Stabilization Act (which allows the Atlantic City casinos and some other big properties to make a Payment In Lieu of Taxes – PILOT – rather than pay property taxes) is unconstitutional.
An arrest was made in connection to last week’s 14 overdoses from Fentanyl-laced heroin in Camden, NJTV reports. “One individual we saved was able to provide us info which gave us the ability to go back and find the individual distributing these packets of fentanyl-laced heroin and place him under arrest,” Scott Thomson, chief of Camden County Police Department, told NJTV.
Atlantic City’s casinos had a good September and the seven remaining properties recorded 4.1 percent higher monthly revenue than the eight properties (including the soon-to-shutter Taj Mahal) in September last year. For the year through September, however, revenue for all the casinos was up just 2.3 percent.
The Pinelands Commission’s Comprehensive Management Plan trumps local land-use laws and mining is not permitted in Pinelands “forest areas”, a state appellate court found yesterday. NJSpotlight reports that the court rejected a mining project that had been approved by a local planning board in Jackson Township.