October 17, 2013 |
Having grown up in a Philadelphia family in which his mother was Pennsylvania Dutch and his father was a German immigrant, Ernest Utsch Jr. got to be a part-time translator for his World War II tank outfit. After his father apprenticed with a Philadelphia candy-maker, Mr. Utsch and his father ran Ernest Utsch & Son, a candy-maker's shop on 29th Street near Girard Avenue, before and after the war. And after father and son had rented their boat to fishing parties at the Jersey Shore for a while, the son said, "We should build our own place to have our own boat in our own place," Ernest Utsch III said.
April 11, 2013 |
A new marina will finally be built along the Delaware River in Bristol Borough, after it was announced Tuesday that the borough will receive a $1.5 million federal grant to cap off the funding needed for the $2.5 million project. For nearly a decade, local residents and politicians have hoped to construct a marina in the river to complement the borough's waterfront park and trail, which are only a few hundred feet from the borough's main stretch of shops and restaurants. But officials had not been able to find ways to fully fund the project until this federal grant was awarded.
January 16, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a Florida man's floating home was a house, not a boat, and not covered under maritime law, in a case that could affect thousands of people around the country who make their home on floating structures in marinas, bays, and coves. The court ruled 7-2 for Fane Lozman, who argued that the two-story craft approximately 60 feet in length that he towed to the marina in Riviera Beach, Fla., should not have been affected by maritime law. Justice Stephen G. Breyer, who included a picture of Lozman's craft in the opinion, said maritime law affects vessels that are "watercraft or other artificial contrivance used, or capable of being used, as a means of transportation on water.
August 28, 2012 |
The Coast Guard is looking for a boater whose 23-foot pleasure craft was found empty and adrift a mile off of Wildwood. A Good Samaritan spotted the boat about noon Monday and aleted the Coast Guard. The boat's owner, Jason Sill, 39, of Cape May Courthouse, was last seen an hour earlier leaving the Pier 47 Marina in Wildwood, the Coast Guard said. A boat from Coast Guard Station Cape May rendezvoused with the pleasure craft and discovered the keys still in the ignition with the engine in the down position with the throttle forward.
June 23, 2012 |
There was a moment during the height of the real estate bubble when it seemed as if there was a soaring condo tower planned for every available site on Philadelphia's Delaware waterfront. In the end, very little got built. But the speculative frenzy produced one very good result: It prompted the Nutter administration to complete a high-minded master plan aimed at turning the city's abandoned docklands into a real neighborhood. A funny thing has happened in the three months since the planning commission approved that long-awaited waterfront plan.
May 27, 2012 |
ATLANTIC CITY - The Borgata wants out of an $860,000-a-year assessment as part of an expansion of the Special Improvement District under the new state-run tourism district the Christie administration created. "We just don't belong in SID," said Tom Ballance, Borgata's senior vice president of development. "We are different. " As the Shore kicks off its busiest season with Memorial Day weekend, some say the legal case underscores the growing competitive tension between the Marina District and the Boardwalk as Atlantic City's gaming revenue continues to plummet.
April 19, 2012 |
AVALON, N.J. - This Cape May County shore town is where state regulations about precisely how and where the public could reach New Jersey's beaches were undone. Avalon's lawsuit against the state Department of Environmental Protection led a court to strike down rules requiring public-access points every quarter-mile along the shore, and restrooms nearby. The rules were issued during the tenure of Gov. Jon S. Corzine, a Democrat. The administration of Republican Gov. Christie wants to let municipalities write their own public-access plans for the shoreline, subject to state approval.
May 24, 2011 |
ATLANTIC CITY - The financially troubled Trump Marina Hotel Casino officially changed hands Monday, as the New Jersey Casino Control Commission gave unanimous approval to its sale to Houston-based Landry's Restaurants Inc. And with that, Landry's chairman, CEO, and sole owner, Tilman J. Fertitta, let out a Texas-size sigh of relief, saying he was looking forward to transforming the 26-year-old casino into the Golden Nugget Atlantic City in...
May 23, 2011 |
ATLANTIC CITY - The financially troubled Trump Marina Hotel Casino here officially changed hands after the New Jersey Casino Control Commission gave its approval early this afternoon. Houston-based Landry's Restaurants Inc.'s chairman, chief executive officer and sole owner, Tilman J. Fertitta, testified before the commission before it issued a 3-0 vote. (There are two vacancies on the commission.) The sale was announced Feb. 14, between Landry's and Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc. for about $38 million.
March 13, 2011 |
ATLANTIC CITY - A casino's size and freshness often equate to market success. Yet two of the smallest and oldest gambling halls here, Resorts and Trump Marina, are banking on old themes to bring them new glory. At Resorts, gaming-industry veteran Dennis Gomes - who with JEMB Realty Corp., of New York, bought Atlantic City's first casino from its lenders in December for $31 million - envisions a return to the Roaring Twenties, complete with flapper dresses (designed by him) for cocktail waitresses and period uniforms for bellmen, butlers, valet staff, and table dealers.