Wawa In Florida: It’s Like an Eagles’ Tailgate and Possible Mortgage Relief For Sandy Victims – Thursday’s Roundup

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A Wawa Opens In A Florida Town, People Get Excited
It’s not exactly news from South Jersey, but it is news about about one of our area’s institutions: Wawa. The chain of goose has opened its first store in Winter Garden, Florida (just outside Orlando) and locals – well, really they’re South Jersey transplants – got a little over excited, according to the West Orange Times & Observer. “It was like tailgating at a Philadelphia Eagles game,” said a guy named Andrew Murray, who attended the opening four years ago of the first Wawa ever in Florida. “It was a really big deal,” Murray said. You can take the guy out of South Jersey, apparently, but you can’t take him out of a Wawa. The convenience store company now has over 630 locations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Florida.

Mortgage Relief for Displaced Homeowners
In more serious news, NJ Spotlight says lawmakers have sent Gov. Christie a bill that would provide mortgage forbearance for homeowners who have been paying both rent and a mortgage since Superstorm Sandy damaged their homes. It seems like the bill would only apply to those whose homes are still under repair.

President Elect Picks Icahn, Conway
President-Elect Trump made two appointments yesterday with connections to South Jersey. Trump chose Carl Icahn – owner of the shuttered Trump Taj Mahal and Trump Plaza casinos plus the Tropicana – as his special advisor on overhauling federal regulations, while Hammonton’s Kellyanne Conway was named counselor to the president.

The rest of the day’s headlines include news on Gov. Christie’s plans to tackle addiction, a bid to lure new airlines to the Atlantic City airport, an Atlantic County vs City battle over taxes, a Somers Point Sandy fraud case and a successful Trump Marina discrimination suit.


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