I had an enjoyable interview with Glenn Klotz of @ the Beach blog on the last show. He had a 3 point game plan for Atlantic City:
I – Lower the dunes to restore the ocean views and fresh ocean breeze to people on the Boardwalk
II – Clean up the city, especially Pacific Avenue
III – Eliminate or reduce tolls on the Expressway and parking fees in the casino garages
Mr. Klotz has been one of the most vocal advocates for restoring the ocean view and breeze from the Atlantic City Boardwalk. He was an advocate before it was popular and I give him much credit for his perseverance on this issue.
His second point is not unique. It is found in just about everyone’s opinion of Atlantic City. It is also one of those perpetual campaign promises that Atlantic City voters hear, “if I am elected, I will make our streets and neighborhoods clean…” yet this never happens. (It is kind of like that other perpetual campaign promise, ‘if I am elected, I will lower your taxes. …’)
It is the third point that deserves your attention.
Why not have “Toll-Free Tuesdays” on the Atlantic City Expressway to encourage visitors to visit our resort on a slow day? Are we concerned with the feelings of the South Jersey Transportation Authority, or the men and women who depend on Atlantic City’s economic vitality for our survival?
Why not sunset the CRDA-imposed parking fee in casino garages one day a week to see if it encourages customers to fill the casinos on a slow day in the off-season?
I applaud Glenn Klotz for generating ideas that can generate a revival in Atlantic City. His suggestions will not save the city by themselves, but it is idea like this – multiplied by other ideas – that will turn around Atlantic City’s fortunes. The alternative is to continue with what we are doing and continue to receive the same results of decreasing revenue and jobs.