Archives for August 2020

Casino Control Commission Decision Appealed

The Casino Control Commission’s decision not to remove deed restrictions on the Claridge Hotel and the former Atlantic Club are being appealed by the owners. According to the Press of Atlantic City, TJM Atlantic City, LLC and Colosseo Atlantic City, Inc., allege the CCC acted “arbitrarily, capriciously and unreasonably” in rejecting a recommendation to lift restrictive covenants prohibiting casino gaming at the Claridge, Atlantic Club and Showboat Hotel Atlantic City when the agency signed off on the Eldorado/Caesars deal in July. No comment from the commission.

Cape May County Updating Hazard Mitigation Plan

Cape May County is updating its Hazard Mitigation Plan. This plan enables participating communities to be eligible for federal funding to rebuild stronger after disaster strikes. Your feedback helps ensure that crucial mitigation projects can happen – and your input will help the County Office of Emergency Management better understand how they can make Cape May County more resilient to natural disasters. The County Office of Emergency Management’s Citizen Preparedness Survey can be found on the following link: www.surveymonkey.com/r/CMC2020HMP.

Latest COVID-19 Numbers

No additional deaths related to Covid-19 were reported today by Atlantic County health officials for the fifth consecutive day. There were 10 new cases confirmed in six men, ages 18-79, and four women, ages 24-59. Atlantic County will continue to provide Covid-19 testing by appointment at its drive-thru facility in Northfield Tuesday.

Indoor Dining & Gyms Reopening This Week

Gov. Phil Murphy said today Indoor dining in New Jersey will resume Friday with limited capacity. Restaurants will only be able to have 25% capacity under the new rules, which includes maintaining social distancing between tables. Masks must be worn except when eating or drinking. And casinos will benefit too. Dozens of indoor dining options will be available to visitors and residents of Atlantic City. The announcement comes five months after the state shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. On Tuesday, gyms and health clubs are cleared to reopen, also at 25% capacity and with a mask requirement.The state is in the second of three stages of reopening.

Gov. Murphy says Indoor Dining to Resume Friday

Gov. Phil Murphy announced this morning that restaurants may open for indoor dining on Friday. Murphy said, “Restaurants statewide will be able to open for indoor dining beginning this Friday at 25% capacity and with social distancing between tables/ Reopening responsibly will help us restore one of our state’s key industries while continuing to make progress against COVID-19.” Restaurants have had their dining rooms closed since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Council Moves To Remove Activist From City Boards

Atlantic City City Council Friday voted to begin the process of removing activist Steve Young from two appointed positions during a special meeting. The Press of Atlantic City reports the 60 year old Young serves in two unpaid positions; the Citizens Advisory Board and as chairman of the Planning Board. He was arrested last month after organizing a Black Lives Matter protest aiming to “shut the city down.”

Atlantic County Reports First Positive West Nile Virus

Atlantic County has reported finding a mosquito sample in Hammonton that has tested positive for West Nile virus. This is the first confirmed positive mosquito sample found in Atlantic County this year

Representatives from the Atlantic County Office of Mosquito Control collected the sample last week from the200 block of Jacobs Street in Hammonton. County public health and mosquito control officials are conducting mosquito surveillance, implementing additional control measures and providing educational materials to area residents and businesses.

There are no reported human cases of the virus at this time, according to Patricia Diamond, Atlantic County Public Health Officer.

Gov. Murphy Announces Federal Child Care Funding

Gov. Phil Murphy announced $250 million in federal CARES Act funding will go to help families with child care costs during the pandemic. Murphy made the announcement today saying the program will help care for children ages 5 through 13 through the end of 2020. Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson said, “No matter how super human parents are, it’s just incredibly challenging, if not impossible, to work from home, or be at your essential job in a grocery store, or a hospital, or in a child care center and teach your kids during the day,” Funding will also be available to help the state’s 6,000 child care centers reopen safely amid the pandemic.

Latest COVID-19 Numbers

Atlantic County health officials confirmed today no additional deaths related to COVID-19, however, 15 more residents have tested positive. They include eight males, ages 10-66, and seven females, ages 39-69. With the addition of 128 residents who have been cleared as recovered, the countywide total stands at 2,599 of the 3,944 residents who have tested positive for Covid-19 since March.

Atlantic County Massage Therapist Loses License

A massage therapist in Atlantic County has lost his license permanently after he was convicted in municipal court of inapproprately touching a client the state Division of Consumer Affairs announced Thursday. John R. Popper, 48, of Little Egg Harbor, is the ninth licensed massage therapist whose license was revoked by the New Jersey Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy since July 2019.