The General Assembly approved a bipartisan plan sponsored by
Assembly Republican Chris A. Brown that would allow newer casinos to
open beach bars in the Atlantic City Tourism District.
"Beach bars have become a important draw for casinos to
attract people who want to unwind and enjoy the surf and sand," Brown,
R-Atlantic, said. "Newer casinos, such as Revel, should have the same
opportunity as existing ones to open these amenities and increase
tourism and entertainment revenue in an area specifically designed to
The Assembly approved A-2946/S-1754 which
would remove an oversight in the law that prevents casinos from opening
beach bars that were not operating as of Aug. 31, 2011. Brown, a member
of the Assembly Tourism and Arts Committee, sponsored the legislation.
"Our laws should encourage, not deter, economic growth in
the Tourism District," Brown said. "Tourism is too important to the
state and local economy to allow a mistaken law inhibit the success of
newer casinos needed to fuel Atlantic City's rebirth."
The legislation has cleared both houses in the Legislature
and heads to Governor Christie's desk for consideration.
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