ATLANTIC CITY – At its monthly Board Meeting Tuesday, Dec. 15,  the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority Board of Directors approved several measures for the Tourism District including establishing an open container area, approving an initial fund reservation and granting final project approval for the Women/Minority Business Entrepreneurship Center Project, and authorization to purchase a property in the Ducktown section of Atlantic City located at 2405 Pacific Ave.

The open container area was approved pursuant to recent legislation that was approved by the Legislature and signed by the governor. The designated area will mirror the area memorialized in Mayor Marty Small’s Executive Order that was signed in June 2020, which is on the Boardwalk between Sovereign Avenue and Rhode Island Avenue; on Tennessee Avenue, New York Avenue and Saint James Place between Pacific Avenue and the Boardwalk, also known as the Orange Loop, and the non-residential areas of Gardner’s Basin with the exception of the marina. The CRDA now authorizes and approves the sale of alcoholic beverages by a licensed premises located adjacent to the designated open container area to a patron who is at least 21 years old and permits the patron to remove and consume a single beverage in the open container area.

“The CRDA is supporting the provisions of the legislation approved by the Legislature and Governor by allowing beverages in the most widely visited areas of the Tourism District,” CRDA Board Chairman Robert Mulcahy said. “Visitors to Atlantic City will now be able to enjoy the full benefits that are offered by other vacation destinations.”

The CRDA Board also authorized the authority to establish a fund reservation of $1.3M, and authorized the negotiation and execution of an agreement to purchase a property located at 2405 Pacific Ave., known as Delilah’s Den.

“We have received letters of support from Mayor Small, the Atlantic City Police Department and the NAACP which support the purchase of this property by the Authority,” CRDA Executive Director Matt Doherty said. “We believe that purchasing this property will have a positive impact in improving the quality of life in the Tourism District.”

In other business, the board granted final project approval for the Women/Minority Business Entrepreneurship Center Project, and approved a site plan for the Atlanticare Medical Arts Pavilion. The CRDA donated the land at the corner of Ohio and Atlantic avenues, valued at $3 million, to AtlantiCare. It has pledged an additional $15 million in grant funding toward the $38,338,000 project.

The three-story, 69,700-square-foot facility will enable AtlantiCare to expand the care it provides to Atlantic City and surrounding communities.

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Nanette LoBiondo Galloway

Award winning journalist covering news, events and people of Atlantic County for more than 20 years.