Head Of Meet AC Will Leave At Year’s End

The man in charge at Meet AC, President and CEO Jim Wood, leaving the group at the end of the year to return to Kentucky. The Press of Atlantic City reports Wood will be caring for his wife who suffered a fall earlier in the year. Wood is the first person to hold the position in the organization, which was founded in 2014 to handle sales and marketing for the city by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority. Meet AC’s mission is expanding the resort’s meetings and convention market and has had an estimated economic impact of nearly 2 billion dollars since its inception.

Indictment Handed Up In Teen’s Shooting Death

An indictment handed up against an 18-year-old Pleasantville man in connection with the fatal shooting of a 15 year old girl in Atlantic City. The body of Naimah Bell was found in the early morning hours of July 25th inside a home at 102 S. Massachusetts Ave. The next day, Nahquil Lovest was arrested and charged in her death. He faces charges of aggravated manslaughter, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and aggravated assault pointing a weapon. Bell died of a gunshot wound to the head.
An initial autopsy determined the pending cause of death to be a gunshot wound to the head and the pending manner of death to be a homicide. Lovest’s attorney says his client was playing with a gun when it went off.

Houstron Astros Fan to Bet $5-Million in New Jersey

There is one Houston Astros fan who is really confident the Houston Astros can win its second World Series title in three years, and he’s proving it by attempting to make a record bet in New Jersey. Jim McIngvale, a 68-year-old mattress store owner from Houston known as “Mattress Mack,” has been “in communication with multiple sportsbooks in New Jersey, inquiring about making large wagers. The conversations got serious enough that FanDuel “requested approval from the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement .

First Death Linked to Vaping in NJ

New Jersey health officials say the state has had its first death tied to vaping.
The Health Department said in a statement Tuesday that a woman from northern New Jersey died in August. The department says the death is one of two “probable” cases linked to vaping. Overall there are 14 cases of serious lung disease in the state associated with vaping. More than a dozen people have died across the country from the mysterious lung illnesses and hundreds more have reported illnesses.

Sea Isle, Strathmere, Ocean City Beaches To Be Widened

Widening is on the way for beaches in Sea Isle City, Strathmere and Ocean City. The US Army Corps of Engineers has hired Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company of Illinois to do the replenishment and maintenance work. Widening the beahes will be the brunt of it but also in some spots, dunes, beach access points, and sand fencing will be repaired. Also, more sand could be put in some spots once a survey of the beaches is complete.

More Mosquito Spraying

The Atlantic County Office of Mosquito Control has scheduled multiple aerial sprays for portions of Hammonton, Northfield and Pleasantville on Wednesday, October 2, between 5 and 7 PM, weather permitting, as part of the county’s ongoing efforts to control adult mosquitoes and reduce the spread of mosquito-borne illness.

In Hammonton, the aerial application will treat the area bounded by First Road, Boyer Avenue, Main Road, Route 30, Virginia Avenue, Liberty Street, Fairview Avenue, Fourth Street, Old Forks Road, Ranere Avenue and Fifteenth Street.

In Northfield, the aerial application will treat the area bounded by Burroughs Avenue, Oakcrest Avenue, Shore Road, Vernon Avenue, northeast along marsh edge, northwest along the Zion Road/Tilton Road intersection through the western border of Northfield and southwest along Maple Run.

In Pleasantville, the aerial application will treat the area bounded by Ridgewood Avenue, the marsh edge, Franklin Avenue, northeast to Adams Avenue, northwest along Adams Avenue to the western and southwestern borders of Pleasantville.

Lawmakers to look into Troubled NJ Transit

Lawmakers in New Jersey are launching an investigation into the state’s beleaguered transit system. Democratic Senate President Steve Sweeney said in a statement today he’s setting up a committee to probe the agency over “continued failures and to develop an action plan to turn around the embattled agency.” Rail riders have endured frequent train cancellations dating back to last year.

Beach at Sea Isle City Receives New Funding

Three southern New Jersey beaches will be widened under a new contract.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced today that it has hired a company out of Oak Brook, Illinois to carry out beach replenishment and project maintenance at the Ocean City, Sea Isle City and Strathmere beaches. Most of the work involves widening the beach. But in some spots, dunes, beach access points, and sand fencing will be repaired. The contract also calls for the placement of additional sand in spots where it may be deemed necessary after a survey of the beaches. That work could push the total cost as high as $41.3 million.

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.