Hurricane Shutters Are Essential for Atlantic City, New Jersey Homes

Atlantic City is located in New Jersey and is a very well known resort town. It’s famed for gambling, shopping and fine dining. It’s also a beach town, right on the coast, and has seen many hurricanes and the remnants of several once-powerful hurricanes, some resulting in heavy damage. Historically, the area has seen many tropical storms and hurricane damage, and numerous hurricanes that remained offshore have each drowned numbers of swimmers.

A strong Category 2 or weak Category 3 hurricane sunk or beached many ships near Atlantic City when it hit there, causing heavy damage near the shore. The most severe hurricane historically was the 1944 Great Atlantic Hurricane. Though it didn’t make landfall, its strong winds and tide surge on the coastline destroyed hundreds of homes.

Hurricane Gloria paralleled the New Jersey coastline just offshore as a Category 2 hurricane. The hurricane forced 95,000 citizens to evacuate, while eleven casinos in Atlantic City closed down, resulting in a loss of $7 million in revenue. That’s not counting the damage done to homes and businesses, merely what the casinos lost.

If you live in Atlantic City, having hurricane shutters added to your home is a smart idea. The professional installation of hurricane rated Rolling shutters, Bahama shutters, Colonial shutters, or Accordion shutters for homes and businesses is the best thing that you can do to protect your home. Hurricanes can cause devastating damage, and permanent shutters are a barrier against the storm.

Hurricane shutters:

Protect your home against high winds – Hurricane shutters are wind-rated to withstand high winds. They are tested and much safer than temporary shutters nailed up hurriedly when a storm is on the way.

Keep abrupt pressure changes from damaging your home – When a window is broken during a storm, the abrupt pressure changes that commonly occur during hurricanes can actually tear a hole in your roof or rip entire walls off. Temporary shutters can come off easily, leaving your windows and doors vulnerable, but permanent shutters protect you and keep those pressure changes from destroying your home.

Keep debris thrown at high speeds from tearing through windows and doors – Hurricane shutters are missile impact tested, and can be counted on to keep out wind, rain, and anything thrown by the storm. Even a Category 1 hurricane can have gusts well over 100 miles per hour, and when objects are thrown at this speed at unprotected windows and doors, not only can it tear a hole in your home, it can injure people inside the home as well.

History Meets Fun in Atlantic City

If you’re planning a trip to the Mid-Atlantic region, you might be thinking New York City is where all the action is. Not so fast. The Big Apple’s cousin to the south, New Jersey, is a great vacation hot spot in its own right. In particular, Atlantic City is steeped in history and teeming with activities, making it a fun-filled destination for couples and families alike. Incorporated in 1854, the seaside resort city has gradually blossomed into one of the country’s go-to places for casino action, vibrant nightlife and relaxation, thanks in part to its prime location along the Atlantic Ocean.

One of the area’s biggest draws is the historic Atlantic City Boardwalk, whose history stretches back to 1870 and along which travelers will find a host of shops, resorts, hotels, piers, arcades, museums and much more. (The Boardwalk is a whopping 60 feet wide and more than 4 feet long.) Among the Boardwalk’s notable attractions are the Atlantic City Aquarium, with more than eighteen exhibits including a 25,000 gallon tank; Gardner’s Basin, a bayside park boasting everything from fine dining to sightseeing cruises; and the Garden Pier, which now houses the Atlantic City historical museum and Art Center. The annual Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival – slated to run July 29 through August 1 – features four jam-packed days of events, celebrity appearances and food and wine tastings. Even if you’re not an aviation junkie, you’ll enjoy “Thunder Over the Boardwalk,” where impressive aerobatics maneuvers and flybys that reach up to 150,000 feet and as low as 50 feet over the water are sure to hold spectators spellbound.

Boardwalk Hall, declared a U.S. National Historic Landmark in 1987, once held one of The Beatles’ largest-ever concerts and currently hosts the Miss’d America Pageant and men’s college basketball games. Lovers of the outdoors can commune with nature at Wharton State Forest while boating buffs will feel right at home at the Farley Marina, whose 640 floating slips can accommodate yachts as long as 300 feet. If traveling from New York City to Atlantic City by train, travelers can take advantage of Atlantic City Express Service (ACES), which runs Friday through Sunday and takes passengers from New York’s Penn Station to Atlantic City Rail Terminal in less than 3 hours on average.

The Atlantic City Hilton Casino Resort is conveniently situated at the top of the Boardwalk. Though you’re more than 2,000 miles away from Las Vegas, you’ll feel immersed in the excitement Sin City gaming while inside the casino, which offers slot and table games including Blackjack, Poker and Roulette. The resort also has a state-of-the-art theater built to showcase the talents of such noted celebrities as KC & the Sunshine Band. Plus, the resort’s 13,000 square-foot Health Spa comprises a steam room, sauna, hot tub and indoor swimming pool.

Affording splendid views of the Atlantic City skyline are Travelodge Bayside and Comfort Bayside Inn. Though a little further from the world-famous Boardwalk – two and four miles away, respectively – both properties suit business travelers and pleasure seekers alike. Travelodge Bayside features an expansive outdoor swimming pool and meeting rooms, while Comfort Bayside Inn offers free Continental breakfast and complimentary shuttle service to the Tropicana Casino on Fridays and Saturdays.

Half a block from the Boardwalk and adjacent to the Tropicana lies the Ascot Motel, a great option for the budget-minded. The outdoor pool is open seasonally (Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend) and guests can start their day off right with complimentary coffee in the lobby. Though the property might be thinner on amenities than its hotel counterparts, that doesn’t mean travelers will have to sacrifice comfort, let alone good service – the front desk is open 24 hours a day. La Renaissance, meanwhile, is synonymous with family-friendly. Its One and Two Bedroom Suites, all with balconies, feature separate living and dining areas and are spacious enough to sleep anywhere from four to six people.

Though New York City may still lay claim to the title of most popular destination in the Mid-Atlantic, there is no denying Atlantic City holds its own as a place where couples and families alike can lap up a profusion of great attractions.

Why Vegas Prospers While Atlantic City Shrivels

Summer is drawing to an end, and with it, the height of tourist season. But some of the doors closing on Atlantic City’s boardwalk won’t reopen come next Memorial Day.

The Showboat Casino Hotel and Revel, one casino a 27-year-old institution and the other only two years old, have both shut down for good. Trump Plaza is slated to join them, and the Atlantic Club Casino Hotel closed last January. The Trump Taj Mahal is reportedly in precarious shape as well.

The conventional wisdom is that the Boardwalk Empire is struggling today because of competition from expanded gambling elsewhere in the Northeast. That is certainly a factor. The days of Atlantic City’s regional monopoly are over for good, and the effects are self-evident. The Washington Post has reported that the city’s overall casino revenues are at around half of where they were in 2006. (1)

But if increased competition were the entire explanation, the struggle would be more widespread. Casinos have spread from a few pioneering and out of the way locations to urban areas, such as Baltimore or Philadelphia, nationwide. The gambling industry as a whole is chugging along well enough.

Gambling, and the other diversions casinos provide, are components of the entertainment industry; that industry, by its nature, creates hours of amusement, but nothing tangible of lasting value. Although I would personally prefer to spend my time and money at an amusement park than in a room full of slot machines, other people feel differently.

But you cannot build an entire economy off gambling alone. Cities simply can’t live on entertainment, of any sort, without any other underlying economic activity. When you compare Atlantic City to Las Vegas, this principle becomes clear. You would expect expanded gambling venues nationwide to hit Las Vegas as hard, or maybe proportionally harder. But long-term visitor trends say otherwise. Over 39 million people visited Las Vegas in 2013, about 6 million more than visited in 1999. Atlantic City’s visitor total fell by about the same amount over that period.

What, then, is the difference? Las Vegas, although it makes a big part of its living from casinos, doesn’t rely on them exclusively for its success and continued existence. Nevada offers a favorable tax climate and, for those who can stand (or escape) the heat, a favorable living climate too, with only around 4 inches of rain a year. People hold business conferences there. People retire there. People set up their banking or trusts there. Businesses incorporate there.

New Jersey has both a miserable climate for business and a miserable climate for people. Despite a few mild ocean breezes in the summer, it’s mainly a damp, expensive place. And if you leave the casinos, you can’t help but notice the rest of the city is decrepit. It took until 2012 to get a supermarket. Nobody retires to Atlantic City.

Las Vegas isn’t a bigger Atlantic City. Las Vegas is Phoenix with casinos.

The need for Atlantic City to diversify its economy has not been lost on everyone. There is talk of trying to attract a four-year college and expanded retail investment, MarketWatch reported. (2) But a place where 8,000 workers have abruptly lost their jobs and 30 percent of the population lives below the poverty line is one that will face an uphill battle, especially with the headwinds of New Jersey’s overall business climate working against it.

To fix Atlantic City – or, for that matter, other New Jersey cities like Camden or Paterson or Newark – New Jersey’s leaders need to fix what’s actually wrong in the city and, more broadly, in the state. They can’t do anything about the weather, true. But until New Jersey becomes an attractive place to settle, build wealth and enjoy retirement, Atlantic City will never be another Las Vegas.

Sources:

1) The Washington Post, “Atlantic City’s decline continues as Revel, Showboat close up shop”

2) MarketWatch, “Atlantic City: How to save the Boardwalk Empire”