The Atlantic Club, Showboat, Trump Plaza victims of the failure to look toward the future? With the gigantic Revel possibly the next to announce closing their doors is Atlantic City on their final leg? Competition with Pennsylvania has taken plenty of gambling dollars away from Atlantic City and in response what has New Jersey done to inject life into the gambling town? Well they threw big money in tax incentives at the Revel to finish and open. In-state online gaming passed, not that this will do anything to bring customers to the city. So, what is next?
On a recent trip to Atlantic City I covered it all, the beach, the boardwalk and the casino’s.( Note in the casino I found the soon closing Showboat the busiest of the three I entered). What surprised me was the potential! The beach, much cleaner then what I previously experienced years back. The boardwalk (where all boardwalks began!) also clean, organized and ripe for growth. People and a good amount of them, walking, talking and peaking in the shops. The problem I did find, not enough shops for the everyday beach patron. In need are more of the games, rides and such that make the Jersey shore what it is, FUN and family fun. Adding these types of attractions will draw more families, children and the sounds of summertime fun.
The vacant casino’s and what to do with them? Converting them into rental apartments, complete with kitchens to draw families to Atlantic City, one possibility. The failure of the casino industry in Atlantic City is visible as soon as you leave the boardwalk area. The promises of improving the city and its image on the arrival of Resorts and the entire industry is non-existent. The future? Some casino’s will remain and it is up to Trenton and Governor Christie to direct the iconic shore town in a new direction. this will take hard decisions and MONEY. If our leaders do nothing, then quite possibly there will be some great ocean views from the ghetto after the casino’s are torn down.