Regulating AirBnB, Pinelands Pipeline Problems, Boardwalk Beans – Thursday’s Roundup

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Regulating AirBnB
New Jersey is looking at regulating and taxing the ‘home-sharing industry’, which is dominated by AirBnB, and matters in a lot of ways to South Jersey, where both formal and informal hospitality is still a huge industry. The Assembly Tourism, Gaming and the Arts Committee has recommended two bills to the legislature – you can read more about it here, via the New Jersey Law Journal.

Pinelands Pipeline Problems
One of the companies behind the project to build a controversial gas pipeline through the Pinelands in South Jersey is considering selling its stake, NJ Spotlight reports. The company – Newark-based PSEG Power – says it wants to focus on its core business. It’s not clear what ramifications (if any) this could have for the pipeline project, which was recently approved by the Pinelands Commission. Folsom-based South Jersey Industries is a local partner in the project.

Boardwalk Beans
We hung out this weekend with another local startup – a small coffee roasting company in Pleasantville. They freshly roast single-origin coffee to order, from a spot not far from an old Ireland Coffee plant (one of the co-owners worked for Ireland back in the day). You can read our profile of their business here. Also – Boardwalk Beans is offering Route 40 Members a chance to win 2 lbs of coffee of their choice – so if you’re not already supporting our local news service, now is a great time to sign up! (To find out more about our membership program, click here).

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The rest of the headlines from the last 24 hours include a piece on New Jersey residents’ concern with fake news, the weather forecast, which includes the prospect of SNOW for this weekend, and a Camden-county beer distributor is cutting jobs. All that and more below:

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