Water, Dunes, Hard Rock Plans – Wednesday’s Roundup

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New Jersey on Tuesday suddenly got a new blueprint for managing water resources, after the state’s Department of Environmental Protection surprised everyone by publishing a document that had been in the works for 20 years, NJ Spotlight reports. The timing of the publication of the ‘New Jersey Water Supply Plan’ might seem like an omen if you’re in Atlantic City since the state – at the end of this month – is set to decide the fate of the city’s Municipal Utilities Authority. Yes, we’re that cynical. The blueprint will help value assets, which it says need ‘targeted investment’. Critics slammed the report as ‘flawed’ because it fails to lay out a plan to protect the state’s water supply. Also, separate but related, is this piece that looks at how federal funding cuts might affect the state DEP.

Whitesbog, via @aqvaluq on Instagram.

Are you keeping up with the timetable for the Absecon Island dune construction project? Yeah, we don’t blame you. But the latest schedule has Ventnor and Margate bearing the brunt of the construction in June through July and August, Amy Rosenberg reports for The Philadelphia Inquirer. As Margate Mayor Mike Becker said, “It is what it is. Maybe there will be a fourth schedule.”

Hard Rock Plans
The Press of Atlantic City’s Nicholas Huba interviewed Jim Allen, chairman of Hard Rock International, about his plans to make the former Taj property into a week-round destination, by bringing acts that he promises will draw crowds even mid-week. Read more here.

In the rest of the news from the last 24 hours, Home Goods in Hamilton Township opens this weekend, Stockton Aviation Park will hold its groundbreaking ceremony later this month, Sweeney is threatening a state government shutdown over school funding, and, if you’re in Camden County, check out this farmers market preview via NJ Pen. All that and more below:


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