Atlantic City’s got an image problem — but it’s not the usual one of folks thinking of it as a slightly seedy haven for gamblers and a hot spot for senior-citizen club day trips.
While some people may think that Atlantic City is still rebuilding its Boardwalk and casino district in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the Jersey Shore’s most glitzy tourism area — including the Boardwalk — is back in business, officials say.
But it’s a different story in the city’s poorer sections, which were hit hardest by the storm. Residents of those areas fear job losses if tourists stay away. But they also fear that touting the repaired and cleaned up Boardwalk and casinos may result in neglect of sections of the city still badly in need of help.
Scott Gurian, our new Sandy recovery writer, reports with WYNC/New Jersey Public Radio (partners of NJ Spotlight) on what could be a pivotal and difficult summer for Atlantic City], its tourism industry and its residents.