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June 27, 2002 | By Amy S. Rosenberg INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In its day, the Million Dollar Pier was something: dance marathons and balloonists, Harry Houdini and Teddy Roosevelt, and an Italian villa built for the pier's owner, with an address of Number 1 Atlantic Ocean. More recently, as the Ocean One Mall, the pier has become symbolic of the dreary side of Atlantic City: a hulking faux ocean liner with rusting red trim, few views of the ocean and a mostly uninspired collection of stores. Now, officials promised yesterday, the resurrection of the Million Dollar Pier may be at hand.
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April 3, 2015 | BY CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com, 215-313-3134
PREDICTING THE project will be "the greatest success of my career," Philly-based uber-developer Bart Blatstein didn't just unveil his plans for the long-beleaguered Pier Shops at Caesars shopping mall yesterday, he put his professional reputation on the line. "I've never failed in my career, I've never not picked an area that was going to turn around," Blatstein told an audience filled with political and business leaders at a lavish event held at the four-story complex that juts out over the Atlantic Ocean from the Boardwalk opposite Caesars Atlantic City casino-hotel.
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May 21, 2004 | By Amy S. Rosenberg INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Monopoly is out. Armani is in. Turns out, there were too many pricey stores and chic restaurants that wanted in on the $145 million Pier at Caesars, now under construction, for the new retail mall to be loaded down with the tired old toy theme. "We underestimated the potential of the market," said Scott Gordon, president and director of development for the Gordon Group, the New York based developers of the Pier complex, which yesterday announced new tenants and a new sophisticated design.
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June 11, 1990 | By William H. Sokolic, Special to The Inquirer
It was Central Pier's lights that caught Mark Minetola's eye Saturday night. From the Boardwalk, the white neon from the Sky Diver and the rainbow of colors from the Gravitron served as a beacon in the night. The lights meant that amusement rides graced the beachfront side of the Boardwalk for the first time since the city shut down Steeplechase Pier as unsafe in 1984. Central Pier opened for business this weekend with little fanfare. "It's nice to see the rides back," said Minetola, an Allentown dentist in town for the New Jersey State Dental Convention, along with his wife, Michele Ferguson, also a dentist, and their children.
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April 14, 2011 | By Sally A. Downey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Karl P. Suelke, 91, of Haddon Township and Cape May, a retired pressman and real estate agent, died Monday, April 11, at Cape Regional Hospital in Cape May Courthouse. Mr. Suelke grew up in Collingswood and spent summers at his family home in Cape May. He graduated from Collingswood High School. His class, "The Old Grads," had reunions every five years and socialized regularly, his daughter, Paula Wachter said. During World War II, Mr. Suelke served in the Coast Guard on ships on the Great Lakes and sailed through the Panama Canal.
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July 24, 1997 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Casino gambling would be allowed for the first time on this resort's famous Boardwalk under provisions of an ordinance introduced yesterday by the City Council. The measure passed, 6-2, with one abstention, following more than two hours of heated discussion by council members. A public hearing and final vote is to be scheduled for next month. Debate centered around whether to allow gambling on piers that may have previously been used for family entertainment. Atlantic City has recently spent a lot of energy and money to promote the seaside resort as a family-vacation destination, urging visitors to stay longer and see other attractions.
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September 11, 1997 | By Diane Mastrull, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The owners of an arcade on the Ocean One Pier shopping mall have filed a lawsuit against the city, challenging its recent decision to allow gaming on amusement piers. Nickels and Dimes Inc. of Carrollton, Texas, which operates the Tilt arcade on Ocean One, has asked Superior Court in Atlantic City to declare invalid the zoning ordinance City Council adopted on Aug. 6 that permits gaming on four of the city's five piers. The idea of introducing gaming on the piers has been controversial from the start.
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August 6, 1997 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The mythical god Poseidon will preside over an ornately columned Roman temple and aquarium where undersea earthquakes, shipwrecks and long-forgotten floor-of-the-ocean cities will appear hourly. And it will all be part of a $250 million renovation that will turn the stagnating Ocean One shopping mall into the Boardwalk's first entertainment and gambling facility, according to Caesars Atlantic City officials who unveiled the plan yesterday. The City Council is expected to render a final decision today on whether to change a zoning ordinance to permit gaming on the Boardwalk's once-popular piers, which stretch seaward from the wooden walkway.
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October 12, 2010 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - A few weeks ago, as Boardwalk Empire anticipation reached a froth worthy of the surf that washes up whiskey bottles around Steve Buscemi's feet, an idea was kicked around town. "We'll have a Nucky tour," said Jeff Vasser, head of the Atlantic City Convention and Visitors Authority. He was referring to former Atlantic County treasurer Enoch L. "Nucky" Johnson, renamed Thompson by HBO, who ruled Prohibition A.C. with a red carnation and a fist full of bills.
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April 17, 2011 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - When Garden Pier opened in 1913, with its stylish Spanish Renaissance architecture and lush gardens, it provided a touchstone of sophistication that hadn't been found previously on the more garish piers along Atlantic City's famous Boardwalk. So it may be fitting that sections of damaged concrete from Garden Pier, which once supported a lavish ballroom, a classy theater, and giant typewriter and baby incubator exhibits, will end up preserved in a kind of underwater graveyard.
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April 3, 2015 | BY CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com, 215-313-3134
PREDICTING THE project will be "the greatest success of my career," Philly-based uber-developer Bart Blatstein didn't just unveil his plans for the long-beleaguered Pier Shops at Caesars shopping mall yesterday, he put his professional reputation on the line. "I've never failed in my career, I've never not picked an area that was going to turn around," Blatstein told an audience filled with political and business leaders at a lavish event held at the four-story complex that juts out over the Atlantic Ocean from the Boardwalk opposite Caesars Atlantic City casino-hotel.
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April 17, 2011 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - When Garden Pier opened in 1913, with its stylish Spanish Renaissance architecture and lush gardens, it provided a touchstone of sophistication that hadn't been found previously on the more garish piers along Atlantic City's famous Boardwalk. So it may be fitting that sections of damaged concrete from Garden Pier, which once supported a lavish ballroom, a classy theater, and giant typewriter and baby incubator exhibits, will end up preserved in a kind of underwater graveyard.
NEWS
April 14, 2011 | By Sally A. Downey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Karl P. Suelke, 91, of Haddon Township and Cape May, a retired pressman and real estate agent, died Monday, April 11, at Cape Regional Hospital in Cape May Courthouse. Mr. Suelke grew up in Collingswood and spent summers at his family home in Cape May. He graduated from Collingswood High School. His class, "The Old Grads," had reunions every five years and socialized regularly, his daughter, Paula Wachter said. During World War II, Mr. Suelke served in the Coast Guard on ships on the Great Lakes and sailed through the Panama Canal.
NEWS
October 12, 2010 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - A few weeks ago, as Boardwalk Empire anticipation reached a froth worthy of the surf that washes up whiskey bottles around Steve Buscemi's feet, an idea was kicked around town. "We'll have a Nucky tour," said Jeff Vasser, head of the Atlantic City Convention and Visitors Authority. He was referring to former Atlantic County treasurer Enoch L. "Nucky" Johnson, renamed Thompson by HBO, who ruled Prohibition A.C. with a red carnation and a fist full of bills.
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May 18, 2007 | By Kathy Bernheimer FOR THE INQUIRER
Shopping may not be the newest game in this town, but its look is certainly updated with the opening of The Pier Shops at Caesars. Since The Pier Shops joined The Walk as a local retail center last summer, the stakes have improved for shoppers. In the last year, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa also introduced an alternative to the typical Atlantic City shopping experience with the opening of Whim, an upscale retail store that features innovative electronics, gadgets, accessories and jewelry in an interactive environment.
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May 21, 2004 | By Amy S. Rosenberg INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Monopoly is out. Armani is in. Turns out, there were too many pricey stores and chic restaurants that wanted in on the $145 million Pier at Caesars, now under construction, for the new retail mall to be loaded down with the tired old toy theme. "We underestimated the potential of the market," said Scott Gordon, president and director of development for the Gordon Group, the New York based developers of the Pier complex, which yesterday announced new tenants and a new sophisticated design.
BUSINESS
June 27, 2002 | By Amy S. Rosenberg INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In its day, the Million Dollar Pier was something: dance marathons and balloonists, Harry Houdini and Teddy Roosevelt, and an Italian villa built for the pier's owner, with an address of Number 1 Atlantic Ocean. More recently, as the Ocean One Mall, the pier has become symbolic of the dreary side of Atlantic City: a hulking faux ocean liner with rusting red trim, few views of the ocean and a mostly uninspired collection of stores. Now, officials promised yesterday, the resurrection of the Million Dollar Pier may be at hand.
NEWS
September 11, 1997 | By Diane Mastrull, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The owners of an arcade on the Ocean One Pier shopping mall have filed a lawsuit against the city, challenging its recent decision to allow gaming on amusement piers. Nickels and Dimes Inc. of Carrollton, Texas, which operates the Tilt arcade on Ocean One, has asked Superior Court in Atlantic City to declare invalid the zoning ordinance City Council adopted on Aug. 6 that permits gaming on four of the city's five piers. The idea of introducing gaming on the piers has been controversial from the start.
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August 7, 1997 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Piers once famous for diving horses and boxing kangaroos will soon be getting a new attraction - casinos. Gambling, which has had more than 20 years of history on the other side of the famous Boardwalk here, was cleared for four piers when the City Council voted, 6-2, yesterday in favor of changing a zoning ordinance that had banned betting on the structures, which stretch seaward from the wooden walkway. Council members had spent weeks wrangling about whether gaming on the piers would hinder the city's attempts at transforming itself into a world-class, family-style vacation destination.
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August 6, 1997 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The mythical god Poseidon will preside over an ornately columned Roman temple and aquarium where undersea earthquakes, shipwrecks and long-forgotten floor-of-the-ocean cities will appear hourly. And it will all be part of a $250 million renovation that will turn the stagnating Ocean One shopping mall into the Boardwalk's first entertainment and gambling facility, according to Caesars Atlantic City officials who unveiled the plan yesterday. The City Council is expected to render a final decision today on whether to change a zoning ordinance to permit gaming on the Boardwalk's once-popular piers, which stretch seaward from the wooden walkway.
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