Beach Smoking Ban, Aviation Training Course Delay, Takeover Takes Back – Monday’s Roundup

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Beach Smoking Ban
Longport has passed an ordinance to stop smoking on its beach, The Current reports. There will be fines for violations, but residents at the Longport Board of Commissioners’ meetings said that the ban is worthless unless it is enforced. Others at the meeting, however, pointed out that the ban will prevent health problems associated with second-hand smoke while having fewer cigarette butts around will help to keep the beach clean.

Aviation Training Course Delay
A new program that would train and certify students in aircraft maintenance at the Atlantic City International Airport has been delayed. Some county officials had hoped to have the program ready in June, but it will now likely be up and running by the end of the year, wrote John De Rosier for The Press of Atlantic City. The County’s Chief of Staff Howard Kyle said they are working on getting equipment and instructors for the program into place. The effort is part of a wider bid by the county to diversify jobs after the local unemployment rate soared when four casinos closed in 2014.


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Takeover Takes Back
“It looks like we just got robbed,” said Chris Brown, candidate for state senator, commenting on news that the legal team charged with taking over Atlantic City’s government has charged taxpayers $287,000 for its work between November and January. You can read more in The Philadelphia Inquirer‘s story from Friday. We are now on day 138 of the state takeover and there is apparently no deadline and officially no limit on how much the takeover lawyers can charge the state.

Atlantic City’s Little Water Distillery held a hugely successful Grand Opening party on Saturday night – people were spilling out the doors and there was a crowd keeping the bar staff busy mixing signature whisky and rum-based cocktails. You can see our pictures from the event and some video of the bar action on our Facebook and Instagram accounts.

The rest of the headlines from the weekend and this morning include news that a convent will open in Atlantic City, the weather will be milder – with more rain, former reality TV protagonist Jon Gosselin is now a stripper in Atlantic City, and there’s a new arts and innovation center in Millville. All that and more below:

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