Posted: Thursday, March 17, 2011
By: Pinky Kravitz
The Atlantic City beach replenishment program has often had problems keeping the sand on the beach in the Inlet. Historically, the beach is replenished, and then a year or so and a few major storms later, the beach gets smaller.
However, a new system is being developed in a section of the Inlet that is expected not only to keep a major portion of sand on the beach, but also to expand it.
The federal and state governments are funding a beach-fill project that will place sand on the beaches between Vermont and North Carolina avenues. This project will also extend storm drains and rebuild stairs and disabled-access ramps that were destroyed during the storms of the past two years. The dredge pipe is now beginning to arrive in the city and sand will soon be flowing through it to create a new beach.
This work will be coordinated with a project designed and implemented by Revel Entertainment that will make additional improvements to the Inlet beach, including changes intended to make it grow over the forthcoming years.
The improvements include modifying the stone groins at Vermont and Massachusetts avenues, the installation of a wave attenuating structure between the Massachusetts Avenue groin and Garden Pier, and the installation of a low-profile groin adjacent to Garden Pier.
Waves will break over the attenuating structure so that the sand remains on the beach while the water returns to the ocean. If it works here, it should be tried in other areas of the city.
Revel Entertainment is also seeking approval for a pavilion that would be constructed along the ocean side of the Boardwalk, near Massachusetts Avenue.
Good things are continuing to happen in Atlantic City.
Major investment conference
On April 13 at the Atlantic City Convention Center, The Urban Land Institute’s Philadelphia South Jersey Council will host a conference on the city’s future. The Atlantic City Investment Conference will feature a presentation by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority on its plan to revitalize the resort’s downtown.
The plan uses the resort’s features, including the Boardwalk, beaches, casinos, arts community, hospitals and schools, to try to develop the city as a tourist destination and one of the state’s important cities.
Conference attendees will also discuss recent state efforts to strengthen the casino industry through the creation of a Tourism District.
Speakers will include Richard Stockton College of New Jersey President Herman Saatkamp; AtlantiCare President David Tilton; Atlantic Cape Community College President Peter Mora; Chris Palladino, president of the New Brunswick Development Corp.; Revel Entertainment CEO Kevin DeSanctis; David Cordish of The Cordish Companies; Harrah’s President Don Marrandino and several other prominent people.
New stores at The Walk
The first new store to open on The Walk’s Phase 3, located on Missouri Avenue between Arctic and Fairmount avenues, will be Hanes Brands. The store will feature Bally’s and Playtex undergarments for women and Champions sweatsuits. Doors will open Friday, April 1. Other stores in that block opening before Memorial Day will be outlets for Puma, a well-known sports goods company, and Zumiez, a trendy teens store.
In other areas of The Walk, Black & Decker will open a clearance outlet between the Melting Pot Restaurant and Jay-Z’s 40/40 Club on Atlantic and Missouri avenues. Michael Kors’ outlet will feature accessories and women’s fashions in a shop that will be located next to DKNY on Michigan Avenue. Forever 21 will fill the space left by Liz Claiborne at Michigan and Arctic avenues. A new addition will be Huey’s Diner, which will take the former Atlantic City Diner site on Atlantic Avenue between Michigan and Arkansas avenues. All of these new stores are expected to be open before Memorial Day.