• CRDA Approves a Number of Summer Measures

     
    POSTED April 27, 2015
     
    Photo credit: Courtesy of DO AC

Last week, the Board of the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority approved several measures at its meeting, including the installation of more LED bulbs, added security cameras along the entirety of the boardwalk, the funding of summer activities and help with the restoration efforts of the Midmer Losh organ at Boardwalk Hall.  

“The CRDA's unwavering commitment to Atlantic City’s "Clean and Safe" initiative is again demonstrated by this effort, which brings an integrated system of high-resolution video cameras to the boardwalk corridor and adjacent city streets,” says Lt. Col. Tom Gilbert, commander, Atlantic City Tourism District. “Facilitating uninterrupted real-time viewing access, the cameras will provide the Atlantic City Police Department with an invaluable layer of 24/7 vigilance as it safeguards the thousands of visitors that come each year to enjoy the iconic boardwalk, beaches and attractions.”

The board will help with summer entertainment through a public/private partnerships agreement with the Atlantic City Alliance that will provide $1,355 million in funding. This will give the area free, live entertainment such as the CRDA’s Summer Concert Series and the Chicken Bone Beach Jazz Concert Series.

“This grant gives the Atlantic City Alliance funding for Boardwalk entertainment and beach concerts,” says Jeff Guaracino, executive director, Atlantic City Alliance. “With it we are able to begin the work to pursue summer-long entertainment on the beach and Boardwalk, which includes potential acts/concerts at Kennedy Plaza and on the beach.”

Among others, the board approved a fund reservation of $141,000 to Public Producers, in association with Riverview Studios, to produce a six-episode television series that will showcase top performers visiting the Atlantic City area in a talk-show format. They will be filmed on location at area hotels, casinos and more. 

Remote working has become mainstream with the continued presence of COVID-19. While many people have welcomed the new normal of working from home, others miss the separation of spaces, as many corporate offices have remained closed since March. Without the daily obligation to go into the office, professionals have the ability to travel more freely. Hotels across the country are creating “work from hotel” deals–a play on “work from home”–so people can explore new places while still fitting in their 9 to 5.  

 

After several months of renovations, the DoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia-Valley Forge is now open as the Alloy – King of Prussia, a DoubleTree by Hilton.

 

Due to COVID-19, non-essential travel was, or has been, banned for months. Long anticipated trips and in-person gatherings were canceled and people have adjusted to the new normal: staying at home and meeting over Zoom. However, states have been slowly lifting restrictions, and non-essential travel will soon be happening across the country again. However, some may not be as comfortable with the thought of traveling as they were before the pandemic.