Maximizing Returns From The Ocean and No More Star Academy – Thursday’s Roundup

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Talkshow host Harry Hurley this morning had Atlantic City’s new boss from the state, Jeff Chiesa, in to talk all things takeover related. Among Chiesa’s crazy new plans for turning the cash-strapped casino town around: An effort to make more of the city’s “great things” including the ocean. He also said that fixing the city’s finances is a “significant challenge” and he’ll be working with all parties involved. There’s no story up yet, but here’s Harry Hurley’s site and here’s Christian Hetrick’s Twitter feed, with all the details.

About 1,000 students at the Star Academy learned this week – some via a casual text message – that their school in Egg Harbor Township was closing. Atlantic Cape Community College is holding an open house to see if some students might be able to transfer into its programs, but more than a few have been left stranded, with a lot of training completed but nothing to show for it, according to this Press of Atlantic City piece. Beyond that, the school’s closure is a further blow to efforts to revive an increasingly sad-looking stretch of the Black Horse Pike.

In other news, Atlantic City’s Wednesday Council meeting progressed as smoothly as usual in spite of the state takeover, there’s a Thanksgiving weather forecast and a former governor says the state should have taken over AC 40 years ago… Read more below.

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