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Atlantic City, New Jersey
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Map of Atlantic City in Atlantic County
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Atlantic City, New Jersey is located in New Jersey
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Location in New Jersey
Coordinates: 39°22′39″N 74°27′04″W / 39.3775°N 74.45111°W / 39.3775; -74.45111Coordinates: 39°22′39″N 74°27′04″W / 39.3775°N 74.45111°W / 39.3775; -74.45111
Country United States
State New Jersey
County Atlantic
Incorporated May 1, 1854
Government
 - Type Faulkner Act (Mayor-Council)
 - Mayor Lorenzo T. Langford
 - Administrator Redenia Gillam-Mosee[1]
Area
 - City 17.4 sq mi (53.4 km2)
 - Land 11.4 sq mi (38.9 km2)
 - Water 6.0 sq mi (15.5 km2)
Elevation [2] 0 ft (0 m)
Population (2008)[3]
 - City 35,770
 Density 3,569.8/sq mi (1,378.3/km2)
 Metro 266,268
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 08401-08406
Area code(s) 609
FIPS code 34-02080[4][5]
GNIS feature ID 0885142[6]
Website http://www.cityofatlanticcity.org

Atlantic City is a city in Atlantic County, New Jersey, United States. Famous for its boardwalk, casino gambling, sandy beaches, shopping centers, view of the Atlantic Ocean, and as the inspiration for the board game Monopoly, Atlantic City is a resort community located on Absecon Island on the Atlantic coast of North America. As of 2008, the city has a population of 35,770, with 266,268 people living in the Atlantic City–Hammonton metropolitan statistical area. Other municipalities on the island are Ventnor City, Margate City, and Longport. The main routes into Atlantic City are the Black Horse Pike (US 322/40), White Horse Pike (US 30) and the Atlantic City Expressway. Atlantic City borders Absecon, Brigantine, Pleasantville, Ventnor and West Atlantic City (part of Egg Harbor Township).

Atlantic City was incorporated on May 1, 1854 by an act of the New Jersey Legislature. The new city contained portions of Egg Harbor Township and Galloway Township.[7]

Atlantic City contains distinct neighborhoods or districts. The communities are known as: The North Inlet, The South Inlet, Bungalow Park, the Marina District, Venice Park, Downtown (Midtown), Ducktown, Chelsea, and Chelsea Heights.

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History

Seascape with Distant Lighthouse, Atlantic City, New Jersey, 1873, William Trost Richards. Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

Atlantic City has always been a resort town. Its location in South Jersey, hugging the Atlantic Ocean between marshlands and islands, presented itself as prime real estate for developers. The city was incorporated in 1854, the same year in which train service began, linking this remote parcel of land with Philadelphia. Atlantic City became a popular beach destination because of its proximity to Philadelphia.

The first boardwalk was built in 1870, along a portion of the beach to help hotel owners keep sand out of their lobbies. The idea caught on, and the boardwalk was expanded and modified several times in the following years. The historic length of the boardwalk, before the 1944 hurricane, was about 7 miles (11 km) and it extended from Atlantic City to Longport, through Ventnor and Margate. Today, it is 4.12 miles (6.63 km) long and 60 feet (18 m) wide, reinforced with steel and concrete. The combined length of the Atlantic City and Ventnor boardwalks—the boardwalk now ends at the Ventnor/Margate border—is approximately 5.75 miles (9.25 km), currently the world's longest boardwalk. see also: Boardwalk Hall

Piers

Ocean Pier, the world's first oceanside amusement pier, was built in Atlantic City in 1882.[8] Other famous piers included the Steel Pier, opened in 1898, and which once billed itself as "The Showplace of the Nation." It now finds itself opposite Trump Taj Mahal and is used as an amusement pier. The Million Dollar Pier opened in 1906 and is now opposite Caesars Casino and houses the Pier Shops at Caesars. The Garden Pier once housed a movie theater, and is now home to the Atlantic City Historical Society and an Arts Center. Steeplechase Pier, strictly for amusements, once existed just west of Steel Pier. Heinz Pier, located just east of the Garden Pier, was famous for its Pickle Pins, but was destroyed in the Hurricane of 1944.

Historic hotels

During the early part of the 20th century, Atlantic City went through a radical building boom. Many of the modest boarding houses that dotted the boardwalk were replaced with large hotels. Two of the city’s most distinctive hotels were the Marlborough-Blenheim Hotel and the Traymore Hotel.

In 1903, Josiah White III bought a parcel of land near Ohio Avenue and the boardwalk and built the Queen Anne style Marlborough House. The hotel was a hit and, in 1905–06, he chose to expand the hotel and bought another parcel of land next door to his Marlborough House. In an effort to make his new hotel a source of conversation, White hired the architectural firm of Price and McLanahan. The firm made use of reinforced concrete, a new building material invented by Jean-Louis Lambot in 1848 (Joseph Monier received the patent in 1867). The hotel’s Spanish and Moorish themes, capped off with its signature dome and chimneys, represented a step forward from other hotels that had a classically designed influence. White named the new hotel the Blenheim and merged the two hotels into the Marlborough-Blenheim. Bally's Atlantic City was later constructed at this location.

The Traymore Hotel was located at the corner of Illinois Avenue and the boardwalk. Begun in 1879 as a small boarding house, the hotel grew through a series of uncoordinated expansions. By 1914, the hotel’s owner, Daniel White, taking a hint from the Marlborough-Blenheim, commissioned the firm of Price and McLanahan to build an even bigger hotel. Sixteen stories high, the tan brick and gold-capped hotel would become one of the city’s best-known landmarks. The hotel made use of ocean-facing hotel rooms by jutting its wings farther from the main portion of the hotel along Pacific Avenue.

One by one, additional large hotels were constructed along the boardwalk, including the Brighton, Chelsea, Shelburne, Ambassador, Ritz Carlton, Mayflower, Madison House, and the Breakers. The Quaker-owned Chalfonte House, opened in 1868, and Haddon House, opened in 1869, flanked North Carolina Avenue at the beach end. Their original wood-frame structures would be enlarged, and even moved closer to the beach, over the years. The modern Chalfonte Hotel, eight stories tall, opened in 1904. The modern Haddon Hall was built in stages and was completed in 1929, at eleven stories. By this time, they were under the same ownership and merged into the Chalfonte-Haddon Hall Hotel, becoming the city's largest hotel with nearly 1,000 rooms. By 1930, the Claridge, the city's last large hotel before the casinos, opened its doors. The 400-room Claridge was built by a partnership that included renowned Philadelphia contractor John McShain. At 24 stories, it would become known as the "Skyscraper By The Sea."

1964 Democratic National Convention

The city hosted the 1964 Democratic National Convention which nominated Lyndon Johnson for President and Hubert Humphrey as Vice President. The ticket won easily that November. The convention and the press coverage it generated, however, cast a harsh light on Atlantic City, which by then was in the midst of a long period of economic decline. Many felt that the friendship between Johnson and the Governor of New Jersey at that time, Richard J. Hughes, led Atlantic City to host the Democratic Convention.

Decline and resurgence

The Tropicana from the boardwalk

Like many older east coast cities after World War II, Atlantic City became plagued with poverty, crime, and disinvestment by the middle class in the mid to late 20th century. The neighborhood known as the "Inlet" became particularly impoverished. The reasons for the resort's decline were multi-layered. The automobile became available to many Americans after the war. Atlantic City had initially relied upon visitors coming by train and staying for a couple of weeks. The car allowed them to come and go as they pleased, and many people would spend only a few days, rather than weeks. Also, the advent of suburbia played a huge role. With many families moving to their own private houses, luxuries such as home air conditioning and swimming pools diminished their interest in flocking to the beach during the hot summer. Perhaps the biggest factor in the decline in Atlantic City's popularity came from cheap, fast jet service to other premiere resorts. Places such as Miami Beach and Nassau, Bahamas superseded Atlantic City as favored vacation spots.

Trump Taj Mahal from Pacific Avenue

By the late 1960s, many of the resort's great hotels, which were suffering from embarrassing vacancy rates, were either closed, converted to cheap apartments, or converted to nursing home facilities. Prior to and during the advent of legalized gaming, many of these hotels were demolished. The Breakers, the Chelsea, the Brighton, the Shelburne, the Mayflower, the Traymore, and the Marlborough Blenheim were demolished in the 1970s and 1980s. Of all the pre-casino resorts that bordered the boardwalk, only the Claridge, the Dennis (now part of Bally's Park Place) the Ritz Carlton and the Haddon Hall (now Resorts) survive to this day. The old Ambassador Hotel was extensively renovated to become the Tropicana Hotel and Casino, removing the Ambassador's distinctive brick facade, and replacing it with a more modern one. Smaller hotels off the boardwalk also survived.

Borgata is Atlantic City's highest grossing casino.

In an effort at revitalizing the city, New Jersey voters in 1976 approved casino gambling for Atlantic City; this came after a 1974 referendum on legalized gambling failed to pass. The Chalfonte-Haddon Hall Hotel was converted into the Resorts International; it was the first legal casino in the eastern United States when it opened on May 26, 1978.[9] Other casinos were soon added along the Boardwalk and later in the marina district for a total of eleven today. The introduction of gambling did not, however, quickly eliminate many of the urban problems that plagued Atlantic City. Many have argued that it only served to magnify those problems, as evidenced in the stark contrast between tourism-intensive areas and the adjacent impoverished working-class neighborhoods.[10] In addition, Atlantic City has played second-fiddle to Las Vegas, Nevada, as a gambling mecca in the United States, although in the late 1970s and 1980s, when Las Vegas was experiencing a massive drop in tourism due to crime, particularly the Mafia's role, and other economic factors, Atlantic City was favored over Las Vegas. The rise of Mike Tyson in boxing, having most of his fights in Atlantic City in the '80s, also helped Atlantic City's popularity. On July 3, 2003, Atlantic City's newest casino, The Borgata, opened with much success. Another major attraction is the oldest remaining Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium in the world.

A 75 percent smoking ban imposed by Atlantic City's City Council went into effect on April 15, 2007, limiting smoking to no more than 25 percent of the casino floor. Casino operators, especially Donald Trump have claimed that the ban places Atlantic City casinos at a competitive disadvantage with casinos in neighboring states and is leading to a revenue decline.[11]

Atlantic City is home to New Jersey's first wind farm. The Jersey-Atlantic Wind Farm consists of five 1.5 megawatt turbine towers, each almost 400 feet (120 m) high.

Gambling halted for the first time since the beginning of 24 hour gaming on July 5, 2006, at 8.00 am, during the 2006 New Jersey State Government Shutdown mandated by the state constitution when the legislature failed to present a budget. The casinos generally remained open for entertainment and hotel services, but ceased gambling functions due to the absence of state regulators. The casinos resumed gambling functions at 7:00 p.m. on July 8, 2006.

From 2005 to 2006, Atlantic City had the highest percentage increase (25.9 percent) in average home value in the United States.[12]

Geography

Atlantic City is located at 39°21′54″N 74°26′21″W / 39.364966°N 74.439034°W / 39.364966; -74.439034.[13]

Atlantic City is located on 8.1-mile (13.0 km) long Absecon Island, along with Ventnor City, Margate City and Longport to the southeast.[14]

The city has a total area, according to the United States Census Bureau, of 17.4 square miles (45 km2), of which, 11.4 square miles (30 km2) of it is land and 6.0 square miles (16 km2) of it (34.58%) is water.

Climate

Atlantic City has a humid subtropical climate and an average of 205 sunshine days annually.

Summers are typically warm and humid with average high temperatures of 75–81 °F (24–27 °C) and lows of 64–70 °F (18–21 °C), however in the summer, Atlantic City gets a sea breeze off the ocean that makes temperature stay slightly cooler than inland areas. Temperatures exceed 90 °F (32 °C) an average of 18 days a year in the summer and drop down to 10 °F (−12 °C) for 10 days a year in the winter. Winters are mild with average high temperatures of 41–46 °F (5–8 °C) and lows of 29–34 °F (-2–1 °C). Spring and autumn are erratic, although they are usually mild with low humidity.

Annual precipitation is 38 inches (965.20 mm) which is fairly spread throughout the year. Due to its close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and its location in South Jersey, Atlantic City receives less snow than a good portion of the rest of New Jersey. The city averages only 16 inches (40.64 cm) of snowfall each winter. It is not uncommon for rain to fall in Atlantic City while the northern and western parts of the state are receiving snow.

Climate data for Atlantic City, New Jersey
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 72
(22)
72
(22)
82
(28)
91
(33)
94
(34)
99
(37)
101
(38)
102
(39)
92
(33)
90
(32)
80
(27)
74
(23)
102
(39)
Average high °F (°C) 41
(5)
43
(6.1)
49
(9.4)
58
(14.4)
66
(18.9)
75
(23.9)
81
(27.2)
80
(26.7)
74
(23.3)
64
(17.8)
55
(12.8)
46
(7.8)
61.0
(16.1)
Average low °F (°C) 29
(-1.7)
31
(-0.6)
37
(2.8)
45
(7.2)
55
(12.8)
64
(17.8)
70
(21.1)
70
(21.1)
64
(17.8)
53
(11.7)
43
(6.1)
34
(1.1)
49.6
(9.8)
Record low °F (°C) -3
(-19)
1
(-17)
4
(-16)
22
(-6)
34
(1)
45
(7)
53
(12)
50
(10)
42
(6)
27
(-3)
8
(-13)
4
(-16)
-3
(-19)
Precipitation inches (mm) 3.44
(87.4)
2.88
(73.2)
3.79
(96.3)
3.25
(82.6)
3.16
(80.3)
2.46
(62.5)
3.36
(85.3)
4.16
(105.7)
3.02
(76.7)
2.71
(68.8)
2.96
(75.2)
3.18
(80.8)
38.37
(974.6)
Snowfall inches (mm) 5.2
(132.1)
5.4
(137.2)
2.6
(66)
0.3
(7.6)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.4
(10.2)
2.2
(55.9)
16.1
(408.9)
Source: The Weather Channel [15] 2008-01-18
Source #2: Weatherbase.com[16] February 2010

Demographics

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1860 867
1870 1,043 20.3%
1880 5,477 425.1%
1890 13,055 138.4%
1900 27,838 113.2%
1910 46,150 65.8%
1920 50,707 9.9%
1930 66,198 30.6%
1940 64,094 −3.2%
1950 61,657 −3.8%
1960 59,544 −3.4%
1970 47,859 −19.6%
1980 40,199 −16.0%
1990 37,986 −5.5%
2000 40,517 6.7%
Est. 2008 35,770 [3] −11.7%
sources:[17][18]

As of the 2006-2008 American Community Survey 3-Year Estimates[19], Atlantic City had 34,769 people. The racial makeup of the city was 24.0% White, 41.7% Black or African American, 14.9% Asian, 0.4% Native American, 0.0% Pacific Islander, 18.3% from other races, and 0.6% from two or more races. 24.1% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 19.2% of the population was non-Hispanic whites.

There were a total of 20,637 housing units, with 23.9% of them vacant. Atlantic City's unemployment rate was 12.8%. The city had 26.3% of all people living below the poverty line, including 35.2% of those under 18 and 22.5% of those over 65. 61.2% speak English, with 21.3% of the population speaking Spanish.

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 40,517 people, 15,848 households, and 8,700 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,569.8 people per square mile (1,378.3/km2). There were 20,219 housing units at an average density of 1,781.4/sq mi (687.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 44.16% Black or African American, 26.68% White, 0.48% Native American, 10.40% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 13.76% from other races, and 4.47% from two or more races. 24.95% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 19.44% of the population was non-Hispanic whites.

There were 15,848 households out of which 27.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 24.8% were married couples living together, 23.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 45.1% were non-families. 37.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 3.26.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.7% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 31.0% from 25 to 44, 20.2% from 45 to 64, and 14.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 96.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $26,969, and the median income for a family was $31,997. Males had a median income of $25,471 versus $23,863 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,402. About 19.1% of families and 23.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.1% of those under age 18 and 18.9% of those age 65 or over.

Fire Department

Atlantic City is protected 24/7 by the professional firefighters of the Atlantic City Fire and Rescue Department. The Department operates out of six fire stations located throughout the city and operates a fire apparatus fleet of seven engines, three ladders, and one rescue.

Government

Local government

Atlantic City is governed under the Faulkner Act (Mayor-Council) system of municipal government.[20]

The City Council is the governing body of Atlantic City. Members of Council are elected to serve for a term of four years. There are nine Councilmembers, one from each of six wards and three serving at-large. The City Council exercises the legislative power of the municipality for the purpose of holding Council meetings to introduce ordinances and resolutions to regulate City government. In addition, Councilmembers review budgets submitted by the Mayor; provide for an annual audit of the City’s accounts and financial transactions; organize standing committees and hold public hearings to address important issues which impact Atlantic City.[21]

The current Mayor is Lorenzo T. Langford. As of 2010, members of the City Council are G. Bruce Ward (1st ward), Marty Small (2nd ward), Vice-President Steven L. Moore (3rd ward), President William "Speedy" Marsh (4th ward), Dennis Mason (5th ward), Timothy Mancuso (6th ward), Moisse Delgado (at-large), Frank M. Gilliam Jr. (at-large) and George Tibbitt (at-large).[3][22][1]

Mayoral disappearance and resignation

Following questions about false claims he had made about his military record, Mayor Bob Levy left City Hall in September 2007 in a city-owned vehicle for an unknown destination. After a 13 day absence, his lawyer revealed that Levy was in Carrier Clinic, a rehabilitation hospital.[23] Levy resigned in October 2007 and then-Council President William Marsh assumed the office of Mayor[24] and served the six-week remainder of his term.

Federal, state and county representation

Atlantic City is part of New Jersey's Second Congressional District, covering all of Atlantic County, Cape May County, Cumberland County and Salem County and portions of Burlington County, Camden County and Gloucester County, is represented by Frank LoBiondo (R, Ventnor City). New Jersey is represented in the Senate by Frank Lautenberg (D, Cliffside Park) and Bob Menendez (D, Hoboken).

For the 2010-2011 Legislative Session, the 2nd legislative district of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Jim Whelan (D, Atlantic City), and in the Assembly by John F. Amodeo (R, Margate) and Vincent J. Polistina (R, Egg Harbor Township).[25] The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham).[26] The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).[27]

Dennis Levinson is Atlantic County's Executive.

The Board of Chosen Freeholders, the county's legislature, consists of nine members elected to three-year terms on a staggered basis, with three seats coming up for election each year. As of 2010, the current Board of Chosen Freeholders members are:[28]

  • Alisa Cooper, Freeholder At-Large (2011)
  • Chairman James Curcio, Freeholder District 5, including Buena Borough, Buena Vista Township, Corbin City, Egg Harbor City, Estell Manor, Folsom, Hamilton Township (part), Hammonton, Mullica Township and Weymouth. (2012)
  • Richard Dase, Freeholder District 4, including Absecon, Brigantine, Galloway Township and Port Republic. (2010)
  • Frank Giordano, Freeholder At-Large (2012)
  • Charles Garrett, Freeholder District 1, including Atlantic City (part), Egg Harbor Township (part) and Pleasantville. (2010)
  • Joseph McDevitt, Freeholder At-Large (2010)
  • Frank Formica, Freeholder District 2, including Atlantic City (part), Egg Harbor Township (part), Longport, Margate, Somers Point and Ventnor. (2012)
  • Jim Schroeder, Freeholder At-Large (2011)
  • Frank Sutton, Freeholder District 3, including Egg Harbor Township (part), Hamilton Township (part), Linwood and Northfield. (2011)

The New Jersey Casino Control Commission is headquartered in the Arcade Building at Tennessee Avenue and Boardwalk in Atlantic City.[29]

Atlantic City
Crime rates (2007)
Crime type Rate*
Homicide: 15.1
Forcible rape: 70.4
Robbery: 1,146.3
Aggravated assault: 930.1
Violent crime: 2,161.9
Burglary: 1,370.0
Larceny-theft: 5,422.2
Motor vehicle theft: 502.8
Arson: 40.2
Property crime: 7,335.2
Notes
* Number of reported crimes per 100,000 population.

Source: 2007 FBI UCR Data

Education

The Atlantic City School District serves students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grades. Schools in the district (with 2005-06 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[30]) are Brighton Avenue School for preschool (72 students), eight K-8 elementary schools — Chelsea Heights School (383), Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. School Complex (613), New Jersey Avenue School (403), New York Avenue School (587), Richmond Avenue School (378), Sovereign Avenue School (792), Texas Avenue School (411) and Uptown School Complex (732) — Atlantic City High School for grades 9-12 (2,574), along with Venice Park School (35) and Viking Academy.[31]

Students from Brigantine, Longport, Margate City and Ventnor City attend Atlantic City High School as part of sending/receiving relationships with the respective school districts.[32]

Oceanside Charter School, which offers pre-kindergarten through eighth grade, was founded in 1999.[33]

Our Lady Star of the Sea Regional School is a Catholic elementary school, operated under the jurisdiction of the Diocese of Camden.[34]

Nearby colleges in the area include Atlantic Cape Community College and Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

Casino resorts

Atlantic City is considered the "Gambling Capital of the East Coast" and is second to Las Vegas in number of casinos.

Casino Opening Date: Last License Date: Expiration Date: Parent Company:
Atlantic City Hilton 1980 (12-Dec) 18-Apr-07 18-Apr-12 An Affiliate of Colony Capital
Bally's Atlantic City & The Claridge Casino Hotel 1979 (29-Dec) 18-Jun-08 18-Jun-13 Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc.
The Borgata 2003 (2-Jul) 22-Jun-05 22-Jun-10 Boyd Gaming Corp. & MGM - Mirage
Caesars Atlantic City 1979 (26-Jun) 18-Jun-08 18-Jun-13 Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc.
Harrah's Atlantic City 1980 (23-Nov) 18-Jun-08 18-Jun-13 Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc.
Resorts Atlantic City 1978 (26-May) 30-Jan-08 30-Jan-13 An Affiliate of Colony Capital
Showboat 1987 (2-Apr) 18-Jun-08 18-Jun-13 Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc.
Tropicana 1981 (26-Nov) 12-Dec-07 License Denied Icahn Enterprises (Pending NJCCC) Approval[35][36][37]
Trump Marina 1985 (19-Jun) 20-Jun-07 20-Jun-12 Trump Entertainment Resorts, Inc.
Trump Plaza 1984 (26-May) 20-Jun-07 20-Jun-12 Trump Entertainment Resorts, Inc.
Trump Taj Mahal 1990 (2-Apr) 20-Jun-07 20-Jun-12 Trump Entertainment Resorts, Inc.

Gaming revenue casino hotels

According to New Jersey Casino Control Commission [38] The last time that industry wide revenue was under $4 billion was 1997 and under $3 billion was 1991.

Owner 2009% Rooms Casino 2006 2007 2008 2009
Total 100% 17,107 11 $5,219,720 $4,922,794 $4,546,969 $3,943,171
Harrahs Entertainment 44% 1,752 Bally AC $677,290 $641,418 $568,070 $474,346
2,590 Harrah $508,980 $519,497 $544,725 $488,479
1,141 Caesars $555,243 $583,338 $543,769 $460,209
1,331 Showboat $429,514 $407,421 $362,230 $316,675
Icahn 8% 2,129 Tropicana $459,150 $403,667 $356,712 $313,598
Trump (Icahn bidding for control) 21% 2,010 Trump Taj Mahal $529,233 $508,568 $482,408 $445,974
906 Trump Plaza $300,894 $280,343 $262,286 $202,271
728 Trump Marina $257,166 $241,939 $203,643 $162,600
MGM/Boyd 18% 2,769 Borgata $739,289 $750,967 $738,779 $695,331
Colony Capital 10% 809 AC Hilton $330,083 $304,898 $249,123 $192,012
942 Resorts $282,896 $278,731 $233,216 $191,675

In accordance with NJ state law 5:12-82e, no casino license shall be issued to or held by a person if the Commission determines that such issuance or holding will result in undue economic concentration in Atlantic City casino operations by that person. The percentage of a year's gaming revenue is only one of several variables that the commission is permitted to use.

Billionaire takeover specialist Carl Icahn might sell two of the Trump casinos if he wins a bankruptcy battle against Donald Trump and corporate bondholders for control of the troubled Atlantic City gaming empire.

Non gaming revenue is 30% of gaming revenue. In 2008 non gaming revenue was $1.34 billion, but promotional allowances were $1.36 billion. Atlantic City is unlike the Las Vegas strip where non-gaming revenue exceeds gaming revenue.

Planned casino hotels

Revel Atlantic City under construction in February 2009.
  • Morgan Stanley purchased 20 acres (81,000 m2) directly north of the Showboat Atlantic City Hotel and Casino for a $2 billion-plus resort casino.[39] Revel Entertainment Group was named as the project's developer and exterior construction is in progress. The resort will feature up to 2 hotel towers, Atlantic City's first Vegas-style wedding chapel and more. On Thursday, January 29, 2009, Revel Entertainment announced that it would delay interior construction due to the poor state of the economy.[40]

Delayed casino hotels

  • AC Gateway LLC, a development group headed by former Park Place Entertainment CEO Wallace Barr and former Casino Reinvestment Development Authority Executive Director Curtis Bashaw, planned to build a US$1.5 to $2 billion casino, hotel and entertainment complex to be known as Atlantic Beach Resort & Casino.[41] The complex was to be constructed on land south of the Atlantic City Hilton that was purchased from Hilton's parent company, Colony Capital. The tract included the site of the former Atlantic City High School and the planned but failed Dunes casino. In February 2010, Bashaw indicated that the group was closer to building in the $200 million to $300 million range.[42]

Canceled casino hotels

  • Pinnacle Entertainment purchased the Sands Atlantic City, at the time Atlantic City's smallest casino, and permanently closed it on November 11, 2006 at 6:00 AM. The resort was demolished in a dramatic, Las-Vegas styled implosion which took place on Thursday, October 18, 2007. The company intended to replace it with a $1.5–2 billion casino resort on 18 contiguous oceanfront acres, which was anticipated to open by 2011. Harsh economic times later caused the company to delay construction indefinitely.[43] In February 2010, the company announced that it had canceled its construction plans and would instead seek to sell the land.[44]

Sports

Club Sport League Venue Year(s)
Atlantic City Diablos Soccer NPSL St. Augustine Prep School 2007 - 2008
Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies Ice Hockey ECHL Boardwalk Hall 2001 - 2005
Atlantic City CardSharks Indoor football NIFL Boardwalk Hall 2004
Atlantic City Surf Baseball Can-Am League Bernie Robbins Stadium 1998 - 2008

On November 16, 2006, Hal Handel, CEO of Greenwood Racing, announced that the Atlantic City Race Course would increase live racing dates from four days per year, to up to 20 days per year. www.saveacrc.com has been actively involved in expanding racing at the Atlantic City Race Course and created the movement to bring full time racing back to ACRC in 2005.

Media outlets

Newspapers and magazines

See also: Newspapers in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Radio stations

Atlantic City's radio market is ranked #139 in the nation.

WAYV 95.1 FM - Top 40
WTTH 96.1 FM - Urban AC (The Touch)
WFPG 96.9 FM - AC (Lite Rock 96.9)
WENJ 97.3 FM - ESPN Radio/Sports
WTKU 98.3 FM - Oldies (Kool 98.3)
WZBZ 99.3 FM - Rhythmic (Kiss FM)
WZXL 100.7 FM - Rock (The Rock Station)
WJSE 102.7 FM - Alternative
WMGM 103.7 FM - Classic Rock (The Shark)
WSJO 104.9 FM - Hot AC (Sojo 104.9)
WPUR 107.3 FM - Country (Cat Country 107.3)
WWJZ 640 AM - Kids (Radio Disney)
WMID 1340 AM - Oldies
WOND 1400 AM - News/Talk
WENJ 1450 AM - ESPN Radio/Sports
WTAA 1490 AM - Spanish

Television stations

Transportation

Rail and bus

The Atlantic City Convention Center is adjacent to the Atlantic City Rail Terminal
ACJA "Jitney" #29 on a casino shuttle run.
NJ Transit #2514 on the 505.

Atlantic City is connected to other cities in several ways. New Jersey Transit's Atlantic City Line runs from Philadelphia and several smaller South Jersey communities directly to the Atlantic City Rail Terminal at the Atlantic City Convention Center. Within the city, public transportation is provided by New Jersey Transit along seven routes, and by the Atlantic City Jitney Association (ACJA) on another four fixed-route lines and on shuttles to and from the rail terminal.

On June 20, 2006, the board of New Jersey Transit approved a three-year trial of express train service between New York Penn Station and the Atlantic City Rail Terminal. The approximate travel time is 2½ hours with a stop at Newark's Penn Station and is part of the Casinos' multi-million dollar investments in Atlantic City. Most of the funding for the new transit line is provided by Harrah's Entertainment (owners of both Harrah's Atlantic City and Caesars Atlantic City) and the Borgata. The line, known as ACES (Atlantic City Express Service), began service on February 6, 2009.[45]

The Atlantic City Bus Terminal is the home to local, intrastate and interstate bus companies including New Jersey Transit and Greyhound bus lines. The Greyhound Lucky Streak Express offers service to Atlantic City from New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C..

Highways

Access to Atlantic City by car is available via the 44 miles (71 km) Atlantic City Expressway, US 30 (commonly known as the White Horse Pike), and US 40/322 (commonly known as the Black Horse Pike). Atlantic City has an abundance of taxi cabs and a local jitney providing continuous service to and from the casinos and the rest of the city.

Airline service

Commercial airlines serve Atlantic City via Atlantic City International Airport, located 9 miles (14 km) northwest of the city in Egg Harbor Township. Many travelers also fly into Philadelphia International Airport or Newark Liberty International Airport, where there are wider selections of carriers from which to choose. The historic downtown Bader Field airport is now permanently closed and plans are in the works to redevelop the land.

AirTran Airways began daily service between Atlantic City, NJ (ACY) and Atlanta, GA (ATL) on June 11, 2009.[46] The airport is also served by WestJet which provides international service to Toronto.

Shopping

Shopping malls in casino resorts

Notable residents

Notable current and former residents of Atlantic City include:

Gallery

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