South Jersey Industries, Gardner’s Basin, Drone Traffic Control – Wednesday’s Roundup

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South Jersey Industries
The parent company of South Jersey Gas is in talks to combine with another New Jersey energy company, according to the Wall Street Journal (read a version of the story here). There has been no official comment by SJI. The company is involved with two major projects in the area, including transferring its headquarters from one side of Atlantic County to another as part of the Atlantic City Gateway development and the controversial Pinelands pipeline. It is not clear how any merger talks might affect those plans. The company’s share price rose on the news.


A long beaver dam on the Bass River, along the Batona trail. Photo via @wildman_bill on Instagram.

Gardner’s Basin
The crafter village at Gardner’s Basin will not open this year, because it is not in compliance with Green Acres rules that helped fund the development of the Atlantic City park. ACPrimetime reports that some of the stores had been there for 10 years.

Drone Traffic Control
The director of the FAA Technical Center in Egg Harbor Township faced questioning yesterday from a U.S. House of Representatives aviation subcommittee as part of a panel on enabling aerospace innovation. Most of the questions were about drones and regulation of unmanned aircraft, Amy Rosenberg reported for The Philadelphia Inquirer. Rep. LoBiondo, who chairs the subcommittee, called the Tech Center “a national asset and a jewel in our aviation industry,” and urged his colleagues to visit.

A Pine Barrens Documentary Nears the Finish Line
When is a Piney a Piney? Bill went to watch David Scott Kessler’s film about the Pine Barrens at the weekend and wrote about it – and the Piney identity – here.

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In the rest of today’s headlines, read Kevin Riordan on more depressing demolition of historic South Jersey buildings, NJPen on how Haddon Heights is revising a local law after a free-speech flare up over yard signs, this piece on the District 2 NJ State Senate race which refers to the “formidable” Chris Brown, and a South Jersey guy has a viral video with a lot of NSFW swear words in which he tries to sell you his dead parents’ house in Mays Landing.

In case you missed it…Route 40’s co-editors, Bill Sprouse and Elinor Comlay, make their living by freelancing for other publications. Here’s a piece that Bill wrote for CityLab that looks at CRDA’s master plan proposal and how Atlantic City residents may have little say in their own city’s development.

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