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The woes of Altantic City

In addition to the financial woes which are becoming more obvious with each visit, except, perhaps, on the Pier at Ceasars, last winter’s storm damage is much more serious than it looked. The cost of repairs is likely to add substantially to AC’s problems. the Boardwalk is closed from the site of the new casino (which shows no sign of being completed).  And the Garden Pier, which is home to the municipal Art Gallery, is closed to visitors. I popped under the tape and saw that the deck is completely buckled–probably a result of the underlying piles being disturbed by the storms. Right next to the Garden Pier, a new storm water pipe is being installed. These pictures give an idea of the difficulties involved:

Garden Pier. Even more misshapen

Backhoe on the beach

Backhoe in for a dip

Backhoe in for a swim

Can the tunnelers complain about their working conditions after this?

 

But visitors made the best of what was left

And the surf-boarders experienced no difficulty

. . . . and Ceasars Pier still looks like an opulent cruise ship

But, most important, Ethel’s favourite eating place, ‘The Irish Pub’ is thriving. Here she is pouring over the gin-and-tonic menu:

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4 Responses

  1. Ethel knows how to have fun, even in a bad economy!

  2. Ben,
    Gin and tonic must have some hidden restorative ingredient. Ethel nver looked more lovely. It still keeps Ann well oiled.
    John

    • John and Ann. The gin combined with the sea air and the casinos is a marvellous pick-me-up for Ethel. We are returning to Atlantic City for two days starting November 1st.

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