Atlantic City’s Twilight Zone: What’s keeping the South Inlet empty?

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TWILIGHT ZONE: WHAT’S KEEPING THE SOUTH INLET EMPTY?
Bill Sprouse of Route 40 takes a long-form look at the notorious South Inlet neighborhood in Atlantic City. Unlike other New Jersey localities, “Atlantic City is the only municipality in the state—out of 565 municipalities—that has to have its planning decisions looked at and reviewed by the governor’s authorities unit.”

NEW JERSEY DEMS TAKE STOCK IN NEWARK ON VERGE OF TRUMP PRESIDENCY
Democrats from across the state gathered in Newark at the start of the new year to do two things: endorse Phil Murphy’s bid for governor and attempt to anticipate the impacts of a Donald Trump presidency. Mark Bonamo of NewarkInc says many politicians in New Jersey’s urban centers “fear that under Trump, power will be used against them, particularly concerning two major policy issues: immigration and criminal justice reform.”

IN NORTH BERGEN, MURPHY TALKS TRUMP, CHRISTIE, REVITALIZING STATE ECONOMY
Speaking of Murphy he spoke recently in North Bergen about the upcoming gubernatorial election, one of only two in 2017, as well as some of the problems that continue to plague the Garden State. John Heinis of Hudson County View says Murphy emphasized the need to focus on investing in infrastructure, eliminating the pay equality gap, and revitalizing the state budget, among other things.

AFTER COMPLAINT AGAINST DOCTOR, STATE URGES REVACCINATION FOR 900 KIDS
A Manahawkin pediatric physician could lose his license after a complaint of gross negligence was filed with the state on Jan. 9. Catherine Galioto of Micromedia Publications says “Dr. Michael Bleiman’s Southern Ocean Pediatrics and Family Medicine office was part of a free or low-cost vaccine program that failed to keep the vaccines refrigerated within the range of acceptable temperatures.” The state Department of Health is now recommending that roughly 900 children should be revaccinated.

BRISK ECONOMIC OUTLOOK FOR CAMDEN IN 2017, BUT STATEWIDE PICTURE BLURRIER
The economic outlook in Camden County appears brighter in 2017, led by a $2.5 billion investment in Camden City and a drop in the unemployment rate to below 5 percent. But Matt Skoufalos of NJ Pen says that despite the cautious optimism coming out of Camden, the rest of the state continues to lag behind the national and regional averages amid continued tax cuts for the wealthy.

BACK-ALLEY BRAWL: MORRISTOWN BAR SUES PARKING AUTHORITY, DEVELOPERS OVER RIGHT-OF-WAY
Kevin Coughlin of Morristown Green says the owner of the Iron Bar in Morristown is “citing dusty property records, 19th century laws meant for the Ku Klux Klan and a 20th century law aimed at mobsters” in a legal dispute with the city over a right-of-way issue. Coughlin says the owner of the bar is accusing the Morristown Parking Authority, along with developers and residents of nearby luxury units, of “racketeering” and civil rights violations for impeding his use of a back alley where he gets deliveries and stores his bar’s dumpsters.

AS NEW BRUNSWICK CHANGES, THE CORNER TAVERN REMAINS
Jack Murtha of TAP into New Brunswick brings us the story of the Corner Tavern, a dive bar in New Brunswick that, despite a slew of changes nearby, has kept true to its roots. The Corner Tavern has been a staple of the local bar scene in New Brunswick for some time and — barring some unforeseen catastrophe — it won’t be going away any time soon.

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