Brown Park, Safe Communities, Boardwalk Starbucks, Dunes – Monday’s Roundup

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Brown Park
Atlantic City’s Brown Park, which has drawn headlines for all the wrong reasons in the past, is now standing testament to some incredible community work in the city. The combined wills of planning director Elizabeth Terenik, Councilman Kaleem Shabazz and several others, plus a financial contribution from Stockton Island Campus developer ACDevCo and some government funding, have performed nothing short of a total facelift on the park and the work isn’t even finished yet. Read The Philadelphia Inquirer piece by Amy Rosenberg here and check out the pictures.

Safe Communities
On the subject of working across city communities to make places safer for everyone, you should watch this piece by SNJ Today on the Coalition For A Safe Community. The project, which began in Atlantic City and Pleasantville, has recently expanded to Galloway Township and Egg Harbor City and there are plans to add more municipalities in Atlantic County. The coalition brings together community members, law enforcement officers and faith-based leaders from all over the county and it aims to improve relations between different constituencies in each community.

Boardwalk Starbucks
The planned new Starbucks cafe in Boardwalk Hall will have an outdoor area, Route 40 reports here. It is not clear when the cafe will be open, but it has a license from the city to serve outdoor food and drink this year through November. The rebuild of Boardwalk Hall to accommodate the Seattle-based coffee chain is being part-financed by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, which oversees the public property. The addition of Starbucks, approved by CRDA last October, casts a fresh light on the Authority’s plan to spend $2 million refitting bathrooms that have been out of use and unneeded for decades – presumably they will serve Starbucks customers.

Margate, which spent considerable time and effort fighting the state’s plan to extend dunes the length of Absecon Island, said the construction work will happen over the summer beach season. Route 40 reported here that Margate City said the work will begin Memorial Day and extend through Labor Day.

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The rest of the news from the weekend and this morning includes the shock razing of a revolutionary-war-era landmark in South Jersey, a new regional crime-fighting unit led by the state police, and Harry Hurley’s latest on how the local election battles are shaping up. All that and more below:



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