CRDA’s Special Improvement Division
Adds Extra Polish to Atlantic City Boardwalk
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – (Wednesday, May 6, 2015) – The Special Improvement Division (SID) of Atlantic City’s Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) is charged with maintaining landscaping, Boardwalk and dune cleaning and similar responsibilities throughout the Atlantic City Tourism District. Each year, the staff readies the Boardwalk for the summer season by painting the metal rails along the famous wooden way, planting flowers in flower boxes and other touches, including installing benches and Adirondack chairs built in the SID’s workshop.
This year, they’re adding a little extra polish – as well as a touch of safety.
With paint and training provided by the Atlantic City Municipal Utilities Authority (ACMUA) and the city’s fire department, SID’s staff will be cleaning and painting the Boardwalk’s fire hydrants.
“We’re all experiencing budget cuts, but hydrants need to be kept clean, free from rust and painted properly to preserve them,” said SID Director Rick Santoro, noting that the cooperative effort of all three agencies provides a solution to a necessity. “There’s a method to the cleaning and painting process. Hydrants are color coded to alert fire fighters to the hook-up size, so it is important to paint them in the proper way. We’re happy to be able to work with the Atlantic City Fire Department and the ACMUA to provide this public service for the safety of the businesses on the Boardwalk, their employees and our visitors.”
There are 53 hydrants lining the Boardwalk, and Santoro expects to complete three to five hydrants each week, weather permitting, including rust removal, power washing, priming and painting.
MEDIA OPPORTUNITY: ACMUA and the ACFD will train the SID staff on the proper preparation and painting techniques on Thursday, May 7, 12 pm at Kennedy Plaza.
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About the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) www.njcrda.com
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, investing nearly $2 billion in more than 400 projects statewide since 1984. 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. CRDA responsibilities expanded to include land use regulation, clean and safe initiatives, tourism marketing, ownership and oversight of the Atlantic City Convention Center and Boardwalk Hall, and partnership with the Atlantic City Alliance to brand and market Atlantic City. The former ACCVA, now a division of CRDA, is the first destination marketing organization in New Jersey to achieve prestigious Destination Marketing Accreditation by the Destination Marketing Association International.
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