Archives for September 2019

Baumann Up For Regional VP Of Caesars

Therre is a new regional vice president’s name for Caesars Entertainment Corp. on the table. Ronald Baumann would serve in that role for the company’s three Atlantic City casinos . State gaming regulators may consider approval of the choice later this week, reports the Press of Atlantic City. The joint petition comes from Bally’s Atlantic City, Caesars Atlantic City, Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City and Caesars Interactive whichis online. Tentatively, the Casino Control Commission is scheduled to approve a temporary casino key employee license for Baumann at Wednesday’s public meeting.

Numbers Point To Successful Summer Tourist Season For Cape May County

It looks like the summer tourist season was a good one for Cape May County. Occupancy tax collection from January through July 2019 is up 8.4% over 2018 with an increase of $544,922, indicating a rise in overnight visitors. July, the latest data available, generated nearly half of what was collected during the prior 6 months, bringing the total collection to date to slightly over $7 million, according to Cape May County Tourism Director Diane Wieland. The 2018 Occupancy tax 12-month collection rate was $12.5 million. The increase in Occupancy Tax collection indicates a minimal increase in room rates with a substantial uptick in overnight stays.

Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day

Motorists in New Jersey and throughout the nation are asked to join a day-long effort Oct. 10, designed to increase awareness about safe driving behaviors and keep the state’s roadways fatality free for one-day. According to a release, known as Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day, the national initiative was designed to unite the country in moving toward zero fatalities for one full day by encouraging motorists to obey all traffic laws. In New Jersey, 563 individuals lost their lives in traffic crashes in 2018. Pedestrian related crashes accounted for 31% of the State’s traffic fatalities.

Caesars to Name New Regional President

Caesars Entertainment Corp. has selected a regional president for its three Atlantic City casinos and state gaming regulators may consider approval of the choice later this week. The Licensees in Atlantic City according to the Press of Atlantic City are Ballys, Caesars, harrah’s and Caesar’s Interactive, have submitted a joint petition for Ronald Baumann to assume the duties of regional president.

Fed Money For Eighth Street Jetty In Avalon

It was January of 2016 when the Eighth Street jetty in Avalon was damaged by Winter Storm Jonas. Two years later, a radar test revealed how damaged. Last week, Avalon Borough Council introduced a bond ordinance allocating $2.3 million for the jetty’s repair. Funds expected from FEMA and other federal and state sources will be used to offset the amount to be borrowed, or to repay the notes if those funds are not received until after the notes are issued. FEMA has agreed that the underwater damage shown in the side-scan radar was the result of the storm, according to the Cape May County Herald.

Power Outage Struck AC, Casinos Early Sunday

Several casinos were hit with a power outage in Atlantic City Sunday morning. Some guests were stranded in elevators, reported the Press of Atlantic City, and games like slot machines went blank for a time. Atlantic City Electric said the outage happened after a lightning strke it about 1am. In all, about 9,400 customers were affected and the average restoration time was about four and a half hours.

Sheriff Reacts To AG’s Office Order On Immigration Agreements With Federal Authorities

Cape May County Sheriff Robert Nolan is reacting to an order from the state Attorney General’s office to end cooperation agreements with federal immigration authorities. In a statement, Nolan said, “I am disappointed by the decision today by the Attorney Generals Office on the 287(g) program. We have been trying to work with the State because I believe this program is vital to the protection of our County residents and visitors. I have never been told in my 35 years in law enforcement not to work with another law enforcement agency. Working
in connection with the Cape May County Freeholder Board, we plan to take this matter
to court and I will take any avenue available to me to protect the residents of our
County.”

New York man drowns in rough surf off Cape May

A New York man has drowned while swimming in rough surf off the southern New Jersey coast. Cape May police says 67-year-old James Lane, of Binghamton, was found face down in the in the water around 3:30 p.m. Thursday, about 50 yards from the beach. He was unconscious and not breathing. City beaches have not been actively guarded since Sept. 8. But officials say members of the city’s beach patrol, who happened to be in the area, learned what had happened and got Lane out of the water.

Ventnor Holding Community Meetings

The City of Ventnor will host a series of discussions with local and state representatives to give residents an opportunity to learn more about the activities, events and proposals impacting the community. The first conversation with Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson happens on Thursday, October 10, during a regularly scheduled Commission Meeting at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. Levinson is a Ventnor native and a graduate of Atlantic City High School.

Callender Named Head Of Casino Association Of New Jersey

Steve Callender is the new president of the Casino Association of New Jersey. That trade group represents the collective interests of all nine Atlantic City casino properties, reports the Press of Atlantic City. The 65 year old Callender is senior vice president for operations for the East Region of Tropicana Atlantic City’s parent company, Eldorado Resorts Inc. He’s worked in gaming in Atlantic City for four decades.