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Equipment purchased with funds received from FEMA for Hurricane Sandy clean-up efforts
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – (Thursday, August 6, 2015) – The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority’s (CRDA) Special Improvement Division (SID) has unveiled two new General Maintenance vehicles that will play a key role in continuing to provide clean and safe services throughout the Atlantic City Tourism District.
Added to the current fleet of vehicles and cleaning apparatus is an All-Terrain Trash Vacuum (ATLV) man-operated vacuum that is designed to removed trash from the city’s streets, sidewalks, parks and Boardwalk. This machine has the capability to handle the everyday workload of eight pan and broom operators. Secondly, a four-man Kubota 4×4 transportation vehicle, assigned to the Ambassador team, will be utilized for routine patrols throughout the district and to transport equipment and ambassadors to events and locations.
“We are very appreciative that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded us this funding,” said CRDA SID Director Rick Santoro. “This new equipment is critical towards delivering services throughout the Tourism District.”
FEMA awarded the CRDA SID $169,000 as a reimbursement for the use of SID manpower, equipment, fuel and more during the post-Hurricane Sandy clean up effort. $51,000 of those funds went towards purchasing the ATLV at a cost of $35,000 and the four-passenger Kubota vehicle at a cost of $18,000. The purchase of two additional ATLV’s is planned and awaiting approval.
During a ceremony that was attended by the entire Ambassador team on Thursday, July 30 at Kennedy Plaza on the Boardwalk, the new Kubota vehicle was dedicated to the memory of former ambassador Marvin Applebaum, who passed away while on duty last year. A decal with the saying “Dedicated to M.A.” adorns both sides of the vehicle.
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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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