Archives for January 2021

Convention Center Open For COVID Vaccinations By Appointment

It’s official. Appointments are now being taken for people to receive the COVID 19 vaccine at the Atlantic City Convention Center. The location had a soft opening for police officers and firefighters on Thursday. It is not yet known how many people will be vaccinated per day at the convention center. The Press of Atlantic City reports Gov. Phil Murphy announced Friday that the statewide vaccination total was 500,222. As of Friday, more than 1.9 million people preregistered online, with 1.4 million of them eligible for vaccination.

Report: Ventnor BOE Member Dies From COVID Complications

Ventnor Board of Education member Joseph McDevitt, a former Atlantic County freeholder and former teacher at Atlantic City High School, died Thursday of complications due to COVID-19, according to the Press of Atlantic City. McDevitt was 53. He was recently appointed to the Ventnor school board and to serve as the sending-district representative to the Atlantic City school board.

AC Boat Show Delayed

The 2021 Progressive Insurance Atlantic City Boat Show has been postponed to April 7-11 at the Atlantic City Convention Center. The show was moved from its traditional February dates due to COVID-19, according to a news release today. A comprehensive health and safety plan in alignment with the guidelines and protocols of the Atlantic City Convention Center has been developed and submitted. As of today, the Convention Center was partly being used as one of six state mega vaccination sites.

Former AC Mayor May Run Again

Former Mayor Lorenzo Langford said Thursday he might challenge Mayor Marty Small Sr. in this year’s Democratic primary. Small’s chief of staff, Ernest Coursey, said Thursday the mayor had no comment on Langford’s possible candidacy. Langford and Small last ran against each other in 2009, when Langford defeated Small and went on to be elected mayor until his defeat by Republican Don Guardian in 2013.

Demo Day Is February 17th For Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino

February 17th has been designated as the day Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino will be demolished. It’s a 9am start time and marks the final call for the complex which opened up in 1984. The Press of Atlantic City reports Icahn Enterprises bought them out of bankruptcy court in 2016. Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort reopened as Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City in 2018 after closing in 2016. Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small Sr. says the unused building presents a number of a safety concerns.

Trump Plaza Implosion Date Set

After one final delay, Trump Plaza has a new implosion date, according toAtlantic City Mayor Marty Small Sr. The implosion of the long-shuttered casino is now set for Feb. 17 at 9 a.m., Small announced at a morning press conference, it was pushed back from a Jan. 29 implosion date earlier this month. The delay was caused by a large concrete foundation that was originally unknown to demolition teams, according to licensing and inspection director Darryl Finch.

Cape May County Opening Second Vaccination Site

Cape May County is prepared to open a second vaccination location to meet the Governor’s expanded vaccine schedule announced on January 7. Cape May County has received 1000 doses per week of the COVID-19 vaccine and has successfully administered approximately 4000 doses which includes the second dose to those in the Governor’s specified phases 1A and 1B. Cape May County leads the state in the administration of the vaccine and assures the public that once the State releases more they are prepared to continue the process and vaccinate more people. The second vaccine site will double the effort to get residents inoculated faster.

Currently, the County Health Department has requested a supply of 30,000 doses of which they can safely store and administer at one time. The County is still waiting for an additional supply to meet the needs of the public and address the expanded schedule.

“Vaccinating the public is our first and foremost concern but we need to get the vaccine in order to accomplish that task. We are receiving about 1000 doses a week and that is not enough. We are advocating every day for more doses,” said County Commissioner Jeffrey L. Pierson, liaison to Health and Human Services.

Convention Center Opens Friday For COVID Vaccinations

Friday is the day that COVID-19 vaccinations will begin at the Atlantic City Convention Center, but public is being advised to be ready for a slow rollout. The Press of Atlantic City quotes AtlantiCare President and CEO Lori Herndon as saying that vaccine doses will be trickling in to the county. The site is anticipated to vaccinate between 2,500 and 3,500 people per day, but Herndon said that capacity will not be available immediately as vaccine supply from the federal government is still limited.

2021 Atlantic County Budget Introduction Delayed by COVID-19 Unknowns

Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson has traditionally presented his annual budget message in January. But due to several unknown costs related to COVID-19, the executive budget presentation has been postponed to February to provide a more accurate financial snapshot for 2021. According to Levinson, the information the county is awaiting includes the certification of the 2020 casino gross gaming revenues and the election costs and budget for the Superintendent of Elections and the Board of Elections. Another factor is whether there will be additional COVID-19 funding for 2021 that could help offset an estimated $2 million in county costs to provide testing, personal protective equipment, contact tracing, mail-in-ballots, and more.

Pair From NJ Receive Trump Pardons

Two prominent local men received last-minute pardons from President Donald Trump, the White House announced early this morning. Former Ocean County Republican Chair George Gilmore, who was convicted in 2019 of failure to pay payroll taxes and making false statements, was granted a full pardon, as was Dr. Frederick Nahas, an Atlantic County surgeon who did not fully cooperate in an investigation of his billing practices and pleaded guilty in 2002 to one count of obstructing justice in a health care investigation. Trump granted pardons to 73 people and commuted the sentences of an additional 70.