It’s summer, so like many other Philadelphians I headed to the Jersey Shore this weekend. And one event I noticed while in Atlantic City made me say, “Hey hey hey, what is going on here?”
That’s right: Mr. Belding — aka Dennis Haskins, the actor best known for playing Mr. Belding in Saved by the Bell, Mr. Belding in Saved by the Bell: The New Class and Mr. Belding in the second version of Saved by the Bell: The New Class — will be hosting “Summer School with Mr. Belding”, an event at Harrah’s The Pool After Dark on July 10th. Read more »
Shot from last year’s Sand Blast. | Photo by Alexander Kacala
Event producers Brad Hurtado and Bruce Yelk have released the full itinerary for Sand Blast, what they’re billing as the largest mid-Atlantic summer gay and lesbian beach party. The festivities are taking place July 17th through the 19th in Atlantic City for the second year in a row. It comprises three days of beach parties, dancing, entertainment and I’m guessing lots of other things that are too risqué to mention here.
Hurtado reports that 1,100 men and women showed up for last year’s Sand Blast, and they’re expecting even more in 2015. The big news this year is that the main beach party is moving from Saturday to Sunday, and they’ve wrangled Margaret Cho for an evening of comedy and mom jokes at the Borgata, and a lineup of DJs from around the world.
Weekend passes are on sale now, and individual event tickets are up for grabs starting Friday, May 29th. To give you a little taste of what you’re in for, check out the three-day itinerary below. For more information and to buy tickets, go here.
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My friend put it best: “What exactly are people paying Wendy Williams to do?”
To be frank, that’s a good question: Ms. Williams took to The Borgata’s Music Box on Saturday night to premiere her sort of stand-up comedy act, although she made it quite clear it was not a stand-up show. In fact, she spent most of the evening physically sitting in a white chair, center stage, and drinking champagne while she presented a slideshow and did what she does best: talk. And talk she did, about sex, her family, and her numerous plastic surgeries. Oh, and she alluded a bit to her recent brawl with NeNe Leakes, but didn’t discuss the details, much to a disappointed audience.
In short, it was like a live recording of her pretty popular daytime talk show, but clearly unfiltered and x-rated and slightly more manic … and she was wearing a very short pair of shorts and jiggled her breasts on occasion. Read more »
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We are just a few weeks away from the official start of the summer season down the shore, and Atlantic City’s (remaining) casinos are actually sprucing up a bit.
The Tropicana is undergoing a $50 million renovation, which includes the installation of massive video boards on the boardwalk side of the casino. The Trop plans a light show for the boardwalk.
The Trop is also renovating all 434 of its rooms in the North Tower, and installing a new bar called 10 North. The North end of the casino floor will also be completely redone by midsummer. The Trop is also opening a new health club.
Much of the renovations — excepting the hotel rooms — will be funded by the Casino Redevelopment Authority. The CDRA is investing $18.8 million. Read more »
Left: the suspect in Wednesday’s Center City bank robbery. Right: James Ney, arrested Thursday for an Atlantic City bank robbery.
On Thursday, we told you that the FBI and the Philadelphia Police Department were looking for the man seen on the left, who allegedly robbed the Citizens Bank at 1234 Market Street in Center City on Wednesday morning. And now it looks like he has surfaced in Atlantic City, robbing a bank there on Thursday. Read more »
In a letter to Board of Trustees yesterday, Herman Saatkamp — the president of Stockton University in Galloway Township, N.J. — announced he would be resigning at the end of August. The Press of Atlantic City first reported the news.
Things have been tumultuous at Stockton in recent months. Late last year, Stockton bought the former Showboat Casino for $18 million to use as an “island campus” in Atlantic City. But the owners of the Trump Taj Mahal objected to the conversion, citing a 1988 covenant that said Showboat must be used for a casino. Two Stockton board members have left since December.
In the letter to the board, Saatkamp — who has been president of Stockton since June 2003 — cited health concerns and “the demands I expect of myself from the office” as the reasons for his resignation. Read more »
You remember former Atlantic City Fire Chief Dennis Brooks, right? We told you how he was accused of dropping his pants in front of a city employee — and, oh, not incidentally, a video camera as well?
Well, he’s retired. And he’s retiring well.
The Press of Atlantic City reports that Brooks will make $13,000 per month in retirement, his pension after spending 35 years with the fire department there. Read more »
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Glenn Straub now owns a $2.4 billion casino with no way to power slot machines. Or, lights. Or, anything.
Today, ACR Energy Partners — the energy company founded to power the failed casino — shut off the power to Revel. Read more »
Revel Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City on June 5, 2013. The Revel opened on April 1, 2012 at a cost of 2.4 Billion dollars. Photo | Shutterstock.com
Man, it seems like every week we’re hearing about the latest game-changing plan for Atlantic City. First, it was Bart Blatstein, who recently settled his dispute with Caesar’s and announced plans for a mega-entertainment complex called The Playground. Dan McQuade reports that Glenn Straub finally (mercifully?) closed the deal to buy the beleaguered Revel Casino property for $82 million. Talk about buy low. Blatstein bought the $200 million Pier Shops for just over $2 million and now Straub nabs what was originally a $2.4 billion project for what amount to chump change in his line of business.
That’s apparently only the beginning for Straub, who plans to invest another $500 million into the home of Boardwalk Empire through a vision he’s calling The Phoenix Project. That plan includes (among other things) building Revel’s second tower and possibly an “extreme sports complex,” an air field for flying in high rollers and marinas for yachts. Jeez, and here we thought getting a huge ferris wheel at Steel Pier was a big deal for the city.
Buy low, aim high doesn’t only apply to those with access to millions of dollars. Take a casual stroll on Zillow and you, the homeowner looking for a beach house, can find yourself a great deal on beachfront property. Looking for a long play to get down the shore? Atlantic City may just be your best bet.
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Yes, it finally happened. Yesterday, a judge approved the sale of Revel to Florida developer Glenn Straub for $82 million. The failed casino cost $2.4 billion to construct. As multiple reports pointed out, that’s four cents on the dollar.
Per the Inquirer, Straub is staying in Revel’s room 327 until his yacht arrives at the Frank S. Farley Marina. But Straub has plans for Atlantic City that go past Revel. Here is a sampling of what he plans to do. He’s calling it The Phoenix Project. Read more »