Atlantic City Tourism District and Casino Authority Shift in Power bills S – 11 and S -12 signed into law.
The sun is beginning to shine on Atlantic City, recents news point to a bright future lead by Governor Chris Christie.
Atlantic City Tourism District
NJ State Bill S – 11 was signed on February 1, 2011
Atlantic City Tourism District boundaries will most likely include, the world famous Boardwalk, all casinos, The Walk AC Outlets, Bader Field Casino district and the Marina district where Harrah’s and Borgata are located. The goal of the state controlled tourism district is to do many things, including:
- Keep Atlantic City visitor’s and business owners safe
- Attract new businesses into the Boardwalk area Tourism area
- Promote and market Atlantic City as a tourist destination
- The CRDA will oversee all the functions of the New Tourism District
- Beautify existing area’s within the boundaries of the Tourism District and upgrade existing infrastructure as well as creating new.
- Attract new and previous large citywide convention groups
- much more.
The tourism district bill be transfer all processes and duties of the ACCVA Atlantic City Convention and Visitors Authority to CRDA. This includes tourism marketing, convention marketing, management of Boardwalk Hall and the Convention Center etc. Another agency called the ACSID The Atlantic City Special Improvement District will also be run by the CRDA, this group is a nonprofit organization that works to beautify the city and to enhance local businesses, especially the entrances to the city, they also have many public works & cleaning responsibilities.
Newly signed bill S – 12 will shift the power from the Casino Control Commission to the Division of Gaming Enforcement and eventually to the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority. This shift is the largest step ever taken since casino gambling began in Atlantic City in 1978. The DGE under the direction of the State Attorney General’s office will assume the majority of the casino regulatory powers from the CCC, including, deciding casino licensing & registration, casino operating areas within the city and overseeing new gaming rules.
In addition to these two bills, Governor Christie announced that Revel Casino, which was a stalled project, has recently acquired over $1 billion dollars in private funding to continue building Revel Atlantic City. Construction will begin again February 14 and Revel Atlantic City should be ready to open in June 2012.