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April 11, 1986 | Special to the Daily News
For most families, a visit to Ocean City, Md., traditionally has included a stroll along the town's 2 1/2-mile-long wooden boardwalk. In the summer of 1986, the scenario will be much the same. It's the boardwalk that will have changed. It will sport a new, sturdier herringbone design from 5th Street to 27th Street. Ever since Hurricane Gloria destroyed more than half of the resort's boardwalk in late September 1985, Mayor Roland Powell and the City Council have been overseeing a $2-million reconstruction project slated for completion May 1. Even so, the boardwalk has been far from out of commission all winter long.
NEWS
March 19, 1986 | By Fen Montaigne, Inquirer Staff Writer
Six months after Hurricane Gloria badly damaged a large section of the Boardwalk, the city government still has not repaired the world-famous walkway, and some casinos and merchants are complaining that their business is suffering. Hurricane Gloria, which struck on Sept. 27, tore up and buckled several parts of the Boardwalk, including a five-block section in the heart of town near Convention Hall. That stretch of the walkway, which undulates badly and is partially closed, has blocked the passage of Boardwalk trams that normally carry passengers to two casino-hotels and some Boardwalk shops.
NEWS
August 23, 1987 | By Doreen Carvajal, Inquirer Staff Writer
With every wheeze and creak of Southern yellow pine nailed flat along this resort's fabled herringbone Boardwalk, there is a tale of the city and a tale of woe. Here in the sea wind, fighter Jack Dempsey thudded along the sun-bleached boards in training for a boxing match, automobile magnate Henry Ford rumbled by in a wicker rolling chair, and baseball great Joe DiMaggio strolled toward the lacy whitecaps of the Atlantic. The splintering planks creak with history, but they also groan with financial difficulties for Atlantic City, which is now mulling the once unthinkable for its wide, four-mile wooden walk.
NEWS
January 18, 2013 | By Wayne Parry, Associated Press
ATLANTIC CITY - First, the good news for this resort: Fewer people now erroneously believe the Boardwalk was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. The bad news? Twenty-five percent of respondents to an online survey still think it was. Tourism officials fear the misconception is discouraging some visitors. The Atlantic City Alliance, the new marketing arm of the casino resort, said the survey represents an improvement from a similar poll in November, in which 41 percent of respondents believed the entire Boardwalk was gone.
NEWS
February 22, 2013 | By Wayne Parry, Associated Press
AVON, N.J. - Many Jersey Shore towns pummeled by Hurricane Sandy have been racing to rebuild their beachfronts and boardwalks for the summer season. But things have not gone so smoothly in this Monmouth County town. Unlike its next-door neighbor, Belmar, which already has rebuilt nearly half its boardwalk, Avon is lagging, dogged by its on-again, off-again handling of a deal to rebuild a boardwalk restaurant, a court injunction over an eighth-of-an-inch difference in the size of boards between one company's bid and another's, and a protest by environmentalists over the town's plan to use rain-forest wood to rebuild the walkway.
NEWS
December 12, 1987 | By Michael B. Coakley, Inquirer Staff Writer
A fire that raged out of control for more than two hours last night destroyed a block of shops and eateries on Wildwood's boardwalk, fire officials said. At least 400 firefighters from nine volunteer fire companies battled the blaze, which broke out at 7:54 p.m. in the row of one-story wooden buildings lining the boardwalk between Spencer and Young Avenues, fire officials said. The fire was declared under control shortly after 10 p.m., but officials said firefighters would remain on the scene through the night.
NEWS
August 12, 1990 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / REBECCA BARGER
It's only the best for baby when Ocean City has its annual tiny tots parade on the boardwalk. There are marching bands and string bands and prizes for the cutest girls and boys. This year, there were little ones in antique prams and all sorts of creative get-ups, some helped along by their parents. Even some commercial floats joined in. About 266 children, all younger than 10, took part when the 81st annual show began at Sixth Street on Thursday. Almost two hours later, when the 38 judges - all female - had completed their task, they had more than 30 awards to give in different categories.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 16, 1995 | By Jack Lloyd, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Atlantic City may never reestablish itself as "America's Favorite Playground," even though we still hear the slogan in certain optimistic, gung-ho circles at the Shore. But don't tell that to the folks sponsoring Beach Fest '95 this weekend. Billed as one of the largest free family festivals on the Eastern Seaboard, the three-day event is being sponsored by the Atlantic City Offshore Racing Association (ACORA), which has dedicated itself to promoting the city. Although most of the entertainment these days is in the casino-hotel showrooms, the showroom in this case will be the Atlantic City beach and Boardwalk, from one end to the other.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 13, 1986 | By BILL KENT, Special to the Daily News
What's in the mysterious crate on the Port Charles waterfront, marked "Atlantic City Tumble Dry"? And what will happen to renegade rookie policeman Frisco Jones and his new wife, Felicia, unjustly accused of filching $45,000 and a fur coat? Will they be done in by the sinister septuagenarian hit woman, Edna Hit? "As we say on the show, tune in next time," said Jerry Balme, coordinating producer of "General Hospital" (weekdays at 3 p.m. on Channel 6), the outrageous Los Angeles-based television soap opera, which taped a series of scenes on the Boardwalk here yesterday.
NEWS
August 6, 2004
As an adult, I find the expression trite now. But as a child, I thought it a truly magical destination. It was the boardwalk in Wildwood - the only place I ever wanted to be. Its path was infinite, impossible to conquer in a single night from Sportland to Fun Pier. To this day, I can still smell the creosote that permeated the air on a humid August night. I can recall walking with my parents, wondering where all those rides, lights and arcades had come from. Who put them there, and why?
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March 18, 2015 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - A full house showed up at Atlantic City Council chambers Monday to hear plans by a team of city-appointed architects, planners, and engineers on how to convert Bader Field and Gardner's Basin into moneymaking enterprises for the struggling city. Mayor Don Guardian stood near the front to listen and watch the PowerPoint presentation by Maser Consulting P.A. of Red Bank. The first half of the 21/2-hour meeting focused on transforming the 140 barren acres at Bader Field, a former airport, into a site for sporting events, athletic fields, retail, dining, and housing similar to Ocean City, Md.; Key West, Fla.; and Myrtle Beach, S.C. "The idea is to reactivate this site," said lead presenter Gerald DeFelicis Jr. of Maser.
SPORTS
March 13, 2015 | By Ed Barkowitz, Daily News Staff Writer
THE SOUL will play its May 30 home game in Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall, the Daily News has learned from a source close to the situation. Philadelphia will play the Las Vegas Outlaws at 6 p.m. on the Saturday after Memorial Day weekend. The game is being billed as the "Brawl at the Hall" and is the initial sporting event for the Atlantic City Sports Commission, a group trying to revitalize the city. The fantasy sports website DraftKings.com is the lead sponsor. Ticket sales will open at noon tomorrow and will be available at www.PhiladelphiaSoul.com or by calling 888-879-SOUL.
NEWS
March 3, 2015 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
WILDWOOD - This is a Shore town with a reputation as an almost-anything-goes kind of place - famous for its racy T-shirts sold on the boardwalk and annual debauch known as Senior Week. It is also a place where town leaders are still determining the fine line between what is acceptable behavior and what isn't. You can certainly sport one of those off-color T-shirts on a boardwalk stroll. But just make sure your pants are pulled up or you'll risk a fine under a droopy drawers law. Coming for Senior Week?
NEWS
February 24, 2015 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - In the shadow of the casinos lies Gardner's Basin - a quaint, fishing village-like swath in the city's Northeast Inlet that many consider a gem, one that's been hidden and underused for decades. That's about to change as Atlantic City, faced with an uncertain economic future that must depend less on gambling, hopes an ambitious plan to transform Gardner's Basin into a destination like Baltimore's Inner Harbor will jump-start a revival. "Everyone in Atlantic City knows that Gardner's Basin could really be something special," said longtime Northeast Inlet resident Frank Becktel, 43, who drives a jitney for a living.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
Charlie Wilson, known as "Uncle Charlie" to his hip-hop collaborators, such as Snoop Dogg and Kanye West, has just released Forever Charlie , another of his tough but romantic R&B albums. It's fitting he'll be at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City for Valentine's Day. "I'll always miss my brothers," says Wilson. He's referring to Robert and Ronnie Wilson, his brothers and bandmates in the Gap Band, with whom he made hits like "Outstanding" and "You Dropped a Bomb on Me" before going solo in 2000.
NEWS
January 16, 2015 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
VENTNOR, N.J. - The message was clear Wednesday morning from the mayors of Ventnor and Longport to Margate, the beach town that sits between them: Get out the way and allow a protective dune to be built. After filing suit against the state Department of Environmental Protection, Margate will appear in federal court on Thursday to continue to plead its case to prevent the DEP and the Army Corps of Engineers from proceeding with a $74 million project that would build a contiguous dune along the length of Absecon Island from Atlantic City south to Longport.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 10, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), one of the central heroes of Marvel's wildly successful comic-book film Guardians of the Galaxy , is a space rogue who was kidnapped as a kid from his Missouri home by a band of marauding interstellar pirates called the Ravagers. There's some planet called Morag, where Quill steals a superspecial orb, and an assassin named Gamora (Zoe Saldana) who goes after him. Huh? Don't worry if descriptions of director James Gunn's Disney film make it sound more complicated than the entire Lord of the Rings saga.
SPORTS
January 1, 2015 | By Mark Whited, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cailey Gibson and Shaye McGoey each scored nine points Tuesday to lead Cherokee over Council Rock North, 47-37, in the championship of the George Betz Memorial bracket of the Boardwalk Classic at Wildwood Convention Center. Isabella Therien had 11 rebounds. Audubon Holiday Tournament. Makenzi Cooper netted 19 points, including 16 in the second half, to carry Gloucester over Holy Cross, 47-31, in the championship. Kylee Hirst and Nikki Velez added 11 points apiece. In a consolation game, Kaitlyn Young scored 14 points for Audubon in a 33-18 win over Cinnaminson.
NEWS
November 8, 2014 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - The shuttering of four casino hotels this year has turned the iconic, three-mile-long Boardwalk into a patchwork of large abandoned buildings alongside businesses determined to survive. And with the potential closing of a fifth, the Trump Taj Mahal, later this year, the challenge for Atlantic City is how to keep the Boardwalk vibrant. "The economy dictates what occurs," John Palmieri, executive director of the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, said at a recent business forum.
BUSINESS
October 22, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
A $253 million bond offering planned for this week by the New Jersey Casino Reinvestment Development Authority includes $60 million that will be paid to Pitney Bowes Inc. for a settlement linked to a renovation of Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall that started in 1998. New Jersey and Pitney Bowes, of Stamford, Conn., formed a partnership in 2000 to take advantage of federal historic building rehabilitation tax credits in connection with the project at the Boardwalk complex that hosts the Miss America pageant.
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