SandBlast Returning to Atlantic City in 2015

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This summer, the annual homo-tastic weekend beach party Sand Blast made some waves when it announced that it would move from Asbury Park, where it was held for the last 12 years, to the shores of Atlantic City. Organizers are reporting that 1,100 men and women showed up for the inaugural romp in AC, and dropped around $850,000 at local businesses. It’s no wonder, then, that Atlantic City is happy to welcome them back in 2015.

Next year’s event will take place July 17th to 20th, promising four days and nights of beach activities, dancing, pool parties, and many of its recurring events, like the Lost At Sea Kickoff Party, the main Sand Blast Beach Party on Saturday and the Drag Race & Hand Bag Toss, which was hosted by our very own Brittany Lynn in 2014

This is the next thing in a string of events showing that Atlantic City is clamoring for LGBT visitors. Earlier this summer, for instance, out Mayor Don Guardian announced the re-dedication of a gay beach at Park Place and the Boardwalk.

We were there for 2014 Sand Blast and had, well, a blast. Check out our photos from the party below for inspiration. Tickets for 2015 will be available soon, and can be purchased here.



AC’s Buddakan Japanese Whisky Dinner

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Want to get away for the weekend? Perhaps Atlantic City’s Buddakan can persuade you to hit up the shore scene for their Japanese Whisky Dinner on Friday, October 24th at 8 p.m. The dinner will run you $85 per person, but we’re talking five courses and some pretty cool Japanese booze to go with them. Reservations can be made at 609-674-0100.

Check out the menu below, along with the whisky being paired with each dish.

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Trump Taj Mahal Asks Judge to End Union Contract

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AP reports that the Trump Taj Mahal is asking a bankruptcy judge to end its union contract, or else it will close in November.

Trump Entertainment Resorts said it needs relief from pension and health insurance costs in order to keep the casino open past mid-November. A judge in Delaware was to hear the request Tuesday morning, but it’s not clear whether a decision would be made that day.

The company said it needs big union concessions and massive tax breaks from Atlantic City and New Jersey — both of which already have rejected the demand.

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Builder Bart Blatstein Buying Bargain Basement Boardwalk Bazaar Beside Baccarat Bets

Did you get all of that headline? It’s simple: Bart Blatstein is purchasing The Pier Shops at Caesars in Atlantic City for under $3 million, according to several news sources. The shops, which opened in 2004 at the site of the former Million Dollar Pier, cost $200 million to build. The plan was to anchor the mall with luxury shops to attract high-rollers.

But since opening, the mall has struggled: The company that developed it, Taubman Centers, pulled out in 2009 and stopped subsidizing it. Stores have been closing ever since. The Philadelphia Business Journal, which first reported the sale, says the mall’s retail space is only 52 percent occupied. Some of that space is an indoor miniature golf course — not exactly the high-end retail originally envisioned.

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Casino Workers Protest Proposed Taj Mahal Givebacks

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It would appear the casino workers of Atlantic City have taken stock of recent events and reached the next stage of grief: Anger. About 30 members of their union were arrested Wednesday after shutting down the expressway entrance to the city to protest proposed givebacks to keep the Trump Taj Mahal casino open.

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Sale of Revel to Brookfield Is Finalized

A judge finalized the sale of the shuttered Revel Casino to Brookfield Holdings today, but not before some final bits of weirdness in a neverendingly weird tale.

Suffice it to say, it ended like this:

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Morning Headlines: Trump Actually Takes His Name Off Something

Trump_PlazaWhile Donald Trump may have a rather strong sense of self-esteem, he’s also a savvy businessman who’s well aware of which properties he owns and doesn’t own. In the case of AC’s Trump Plaza and Trump Taj Mahal, he hasn’t owned either one, notes the Philadelphia Business Journal, in five years. Rather, they’re owned by Trump Entertainment, which is in bankruptcy. He’s been trying to get his name off of them since August.

He’ll get his wish today, daughter Ivanka says. There’s more from the Business Journal, which aggregated a story from the AP, which was featured on NBCphiladelphia.com. So this is, what, a fourth-hand aggregation? At some point in my journalism career, there would be a Philly reporter in the car at 5 a.m., swigging coffee, on the way to AC having gotten a tip from a construction worker who was putting up scaffolding.

Anyway. For the source where I saw this news, go here.

More headlines, this way.

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What’s Worth Seeing in October: Neil Young, Thurston Moore, Midtown Village Fall Festival, and More

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The gritty Canadian singer and guitarist has always had a huge Philadelphia fan base, and his shows here are the stuff of legend. He performed a solo set and one with Crosby, Stills and Nash at Live Aid, he headlined a special 2008 concert to commemorate the end of the Spectrum, and his 2007 Tower shows were memorialized by filmmaker Jonathan Demme in the documentary Neil Young Trunk Show. If you don’t catch at least one of his two performances here this month, you’ll be missing out.

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