Hard Rock A.C. Hopes to Open in 2014

Plus: no NFL just yet, Turnpike toll hike, beach tags in Wildwood and more of what Philly is buzzing about today

Hard Rock Atlantic City Plans Unveiled. At a meeting on Thursday, Hard Rock International revealed its proposed construction timetable and discussed the effects the Hard Rock might have on Atlantic City’s economy and job market. They said they hope to open the new Hard Rock in 2014. The Scoop wants to know how they’ll open in 2014 if the world is going to end in 2012. [Press of Atlantic City]

Not Quite NFL Season Yet. Yesterday, the owners voted unanimously to agree to the newly proposed collective bargaining agreement. The players, however, seem hesitant to ratify the new CBA. We are so close that the Scoop can taste it—and he doesn’t want to end up drafting his 2011 fantasy football players from teams like the Toronto Argonauts and the Montreal Alouettes. [The 700 Level]

Scarnati Opposes Privatization of LCB. A recently proposed bill detailing the privatization of Pennsylvania’s Liquor Control Board has met an opponent in State Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati. [Inquirer]

Cash Tolls on Turnpike Raised for 2012. About two-thirds of the drivers on the PA Turnpike use E-ZPass. For the rest, tolls will be hiked 10 percent starting in January. The turnpike commission is trolling us, right? [Philly Burbs]

Wildwood is Considering Beach Tags? Trash on the beach has Wildwood’s mayor threatening beach tags. Angelo Cataldi isn’t thrilled about the idea—and neither is the Scoop. [Daily News]

Jersey Cops Ask FBI to Help Find Vandal. Someone has been vandalizing statues at Catholic churches in South Jersey. Police have been unable to nab a suspect so they’re turning to the FBI for assistance. [CBS 3]

It’s Hot as Hell Outside. Weather forecasts are calling for a record-breaking high above 100 degrees this afternoon. NBC predicts a heat index of 114. The Scoop’s going to beat the heat by taking this whole “casual Friday” idea to a new level and rocking his swim trunks all day. [NBC Philadelphia]