Reporting David Madden
By David Madden
ATLANTIC CITY, Nj. (CBS) — Guests at Atlantic City’s newest casino were getting ready to venture onto the beach in front of their hotel on Wednesday, a little more than two months after the Revel’s formal opening.
The entire beach in Atlantic City is being replenished this summer, but there was special attention paid to the north end where Revel sits. And it’s not just because they’re the new kid on the block, or in this case boardwalk.
“We’re trying to ensure that there’s a structural soundness to the area,” says Larry Ragonese with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. “So that the beach will not wash away in a year or two, so that the work that’s done to re-establish that beach will last for quite a few years.”
And the improvements to jetties and such will help preserve the entire beach, not just Revel’s section.
All but one-hundred feet of sand outside the new casino is now open to anyone.
The 8.4 million dollar project, paid for with state and local money, was completed two weeks ahead of schedule.
“We got some cooperation from the weather,” Ragonese says. “We got some cooperation from the water and we were able to move this ahead a couple of weeks.”
Revel officials had hoped to set up food and beverage service and umbrellas along the stretch of beach by the weekend.