June 3, 2013 |
Is there a more appropriately named summer resort than Wildwood? Few beachcombers visit this Cape May County boardwalk haven, which last summer celebrated its centennial, for the peace and quiet. But enough is enough. Now, Mayor Ernie Troiano wants to make Wildwood a little less wild. In two weeks, he is confident that he and his two fellow commissioners will pass a boardwalk ordinance banning sagging pants and going shirtless after sunset, or shoeless anytime. Violators could pay $25; repeat offenders, possibly more.
June 2, 2013 |
If butt cracks could fly, the Wildwood boardwalk could be an airport, Mayor Ernie Troiano says. And Wildwood is not in the aviation industry. That's why the outspoken leader of the Jersey Shore's most raucous resort is throwing another headline-grabber out there, an ordinance that would deter exposed derrieres and underwear on the boardwalk by banning sagging baggy pants and shorts. "We're not trying to bring back the Victorian era," Troiano said recently, "but I don't want to see your ass hanging out. " Back when the globe was apparently much cooler and society less sinful, the boardwalk was like going to church with seagulls.
May 31, 2013 |
WILDWOOD - At Beachwear Fashions, a boardwalk shop in this honky-tonk by the sea, even the mannequins can't keep their pants on straight. Tiny short-shorts for girls and baggy sweats for guys are displayed pulled halfway down plastic derrieres. The fashions are decorated on the rear with pithy phrases like YOLO (you only live once) and Beach Barbie. You can think of it as art imitating life. But next month, this Jersey Shore town that has been trying for decades to combat its boozy, free-for-all image is likely to impose a boardwalk dress code that will turn into law the silent wish of many that other people hike up their pants.
May 27, 2013 |
WILDWOOD, N.J. - Seven months ago, Gov. Christie, clad in the navy blue fleece that would soon become a wardrobe staple, told a group of residents at a firehouse in North Wildwood to get out of town - fast. Hurricane Sandy was bearing down on the Jersey Shore, and, in typical blunt fashion, Christie told the small crowd gathered at the firehouse to, essentially, prepare for the worst. Two days later, Sandy slammed into the coast, making landfall near Brigantine and leaving destruction up and down the barrier islands.
May 17, 2013 |
FOR A TOWN whose economy is built on luck, Atlantic City has seen plenty of the bad sort the past half-decade or so. First came casinos in eastern Pennsylvania, which brought full-scale gambling to millions who previously had to go to AyCee for their wagering action. Then the economy went south, wiping out discretionary income and capital to invest in new casino-hotels. Last fall, national news media erroneously spread the word that Superstorm Sandy had destroyed the world-famous boardwalk when, in fact, only a part of the Great Wooden Way - in the Inlet area away from the casino strip - was obliterated.
May 17, 2013 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Maybe you've noticed the new lighting on the Boardwalk. Or the dozens of "ambassadors" along it eager to answer questions about where to dine, shop, or just have fun. Most likely, you've seen the splashy "DO AC" ads on TV and billboards, or heard them on the radio. All are part of a bigger effort, along with the Atlantic City Tourism District that was created last year by Gov. Christie and the Legislature, to boost tourism and give the Queen of Resorts a makeover.
May 17, 2013 |
Not every day at the Jersey Shore can be 80 and sunny. That's when it's time to explore the alternate universe: shopping. You could head for the Atlantic City outlets, but you'd be missing out on the novel spots that dot the coast. Here are my favorites, in a handful of Shore towns: Ocean City has two main shopping hubs. The first, obviously, is the boardwalk, lined with T-shirt stores, eateries, rides, and mini-golf courses. Three stores to hit: The Islander , which sells quality women's fashions geared to 20- to 30-year-olds, plus some men's items and home accents; Air Circus , with every kind of kite imaginable (easy to spot from anywhere on the boardwalk since kites usually are flying on the beach in front of the store)
April 9, 2013 |
Despite gaming revenue's precipitous decline at Atlantic City's casinos in the last six years, glamorous images of gamblers behind poker and blackjack tables will be included in the 2013 campaign of the Atlantic City Alliance, which is charged with rebranding the Shore town and its new tourism district. The addition of gaming ads - one titled, "Your Tables Are Ready;" another, "Bring Your Game Face and Your Poker Face" - is a shift from last year's inaugural campaign. The alliance works in partnership with the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority and was created as part of Gov. Christie's five-year revitalization plan for the ailing resort.
March 28, 2013 |
FANS OF A LADY looking for love on television and oft-shirtless, blandly attractive men: Get thyselves to Atlantic City. "The Bachelorette," now in its ninth season, is filming in A.C. all week. Desiree Hartsock , who was rejected by Sean Lowe on the last season of "The Bachelor," now has the upper hand in the war of the roses. My spies gave me the scoop on where they're all heading. The cast started shooting Monday and is staying at Revel, the fancy-schmancy casino that recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.