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Atlantic City Nominated for Best Boardwalk Award
(Atlantic City, NJ, April 25, 2016) – Atlantic City’s Boardwalk – the first and longest in the country – has been selected by USA Today as a candidate for the designation of “Best Boardwalk” as part of the latest USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest. The newspaper cites the fact that it is among the most famous in the nation and “is lined with everything from high end retailers to classic candy shops.”
The public is invited to vote at http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-boardwalk/. You can vote once each day, through Monday, May 23, 2016 at 11:59 a.m.
Twenty boardwalks around the country were nominated by USA TODAY’s panel of experts, ranging from Atlantic City to Coney Island, NY; Hollywood Beach, FL; and Santa Cruz, CA.
Atlantic City’s Boardwalk was first built in 1870 as a way to keep sand out of hotel lobbies and train cars. It rapidly became an iconic destination in itself, lined with amusement piers, shops, restaurants and attractions. Today’s version is nearly four miles long and 60 feet wide in some sections, and is a legal street – thus the capital “B” in “Boardwalk.
“The Boardwalk has been an enduring symbol of Atlantic City for more than 145 years,” said John Palmieri, executive director of the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA), which oversees the Atlantic City Tourism District. “It has withstood major storms, including Sandy, and has provided visitors and residents with multiple opportunities for recreation, exercise and entertainment, as well as access to our beautiful beaches and water-based activities.”
It features historic and redesigned amusement, shopping and nightclub piers; restaurants and food stands; five of Atlantic City’s first-class casino resorts; historic salt water taffy shops (another Atlantic City “first”); live summer entertainment venues and more. It is the site of the annual Miss America “Show Us Your Shoes” Parade, the Salute to Armed Forces Parade, St. Patrick’s Day Parade and other holiday gatherings. The annual Atlantic City Airshow (held this year on August 17), which draws approximately 500,000 viewers, takes place over the Boardwalk and beach. Bicyclists love its flat landscape and wide surface, as do pedestrians. Several high profile races take place along the Boardwalk each year.
For additional information about the Atlantic City Boardwalk, visit http://www.atlanticcitynj.com/explore/beaches-boardwalk/.
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The only agency of its kind nationwide, the CRDA has used Atlantic City casino reinvestments as a catalyst for meaningful, positive improvement in the lives of New Jersey residents. Under the 2011 Tourism District Act, CRDA’s mission evolved from statewide projects to becoming the state’s key economic development agency for Atlantic City, resulting in nearly $1 billion in economic development and non-gaming attractions. In total, CRDA has invested nearly $2 billion in more than 400 projects statewide since 1984. CRDA responsibilities include land use regulation, clean and safe initiatives, tourism marketing, and ownership and oversight of the Atlantic City Convention Center and Boardwalk Hall.
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