This Summer, Winter Storm Beach Erosion Could Force Several AC Beach Bars to Close

Arsenii Anderson
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winter storm beach erosion could force several ac beach bars to close

Due to damage from winter storms, two casinos in Atlantic City located at the northern end of Absecon Island may not be able to operate their beach bars this summer. Simultaneously, other nearby landowners are grappling with the issue of a fast-receding shoreline.

High-ranking casino officials officially recognized the extent of the erosion on the AC beach and its possible effect on summer vacationers, after weeks of conjecture and online rumors. The lack of beach bars may narrow down the map of Atlantic City casinos to some patrons who enjoy the views and drinks.

The general manager of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City, Mike Sampson, said during a recent public hearing at City Hall that the beach bar in front of the Boardwalk casino would not open for business this summer if there isn’t an emergency replenishment of the beach.

Beach Bars Outside of Atlantic City Casinos Won’t Be Open on Memorial Day

After learning firsthand from staff members that the beach bar would not be able to operate this summer, Hard Rock Atlantic City was approached over this matter. Similar accounts of the beach bar closures were posted by a number of Hard Rock patrons on Facebook sites devoted to Atlantic City and the AC casinos.

At a meeting of the Public Relations Council of Greater Atlantic City the same day, Mark Giannantonio, the president and CEO of Resorts Casino Hotel and the head of the Casino Association of New Jersey informed the assembled audience that the two adjacent beach bars, Hard Rock and Resorts, had been completely destroyed.

Though nothing is official, it doesn’t seem probable that Resorts Atlantic City or Hard Rock will have their beach bars operational by Memorial Day weekend, which is the unofficial start of summer.

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