Batsto, Immigration, Sports Betting – Monday’s Roundup

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The historic iron-works village of Batsto – in a remote part of the pinelands – is trying to draw more visitors. Visitor numbers have been stagnant in the last few years, but a group of volunteers knows that there is wider interest in the site. Wes Hughes, who heads the

We found the Atlantic City Ballet’s swan out and about at the 48 Blocks festival on Saturday. #savetheswan

state-appointed volunteer Batsto Citizens Committee, wants to get state approval to stream real-time videos from Batsto’s mansion tower. A previous video from the tower, one of just a handful of high points in the flat pine barrens, went viral in a couple of hours and volunteers hope this could draw more visitors. Read more via Jacqueline Urgo for

What happens when someone without a valid visa, residency or citizenship status is arrested? In New Jersey, it varies by county. In South Jersey, Atlantic County has no specific agreement with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, while Cape May and Salem Counties’ corrections officers have agreed to work as ICE agents. For more on the great patchwork of immigration policy, read NJSpotlight. Also, separate but related, Bridgeton is going ahead with a plan to allow local residents to get a municipal ID card.

Sports Betting
The U.S. Supreme Court could decide as early as today whether to hear New Jersey’s challenge to a federal law banning states from permitting organized sports betting, Politico reports. One legal expert quoted in the piece thinks the case could appeal to the justices because it gets at the question of state vs federal authorities.

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In the rest of the South Jersey news from the weekend and this morning, resurfacing work is starting on Old Harding Highway in Mays Landing, lawmakers may propose a ballot question over issuing $125 million in bonds to fund state libraries, suicide rates among New Jerseyans aged 10-24 are rising, and Lynda Cohen of BreakingAC.Com reports on two Democrats who initially supported the state’s takeover of Atlantic City but are now speaking out against it in court filings supporting the city’s firefighters. All that and more below:

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