In the month since Hurricane Sandy swept up the Eastern Seaboard, efforts to regain normalcy have been in full swing. Hard hit Atlantic City wants gamblers and travelers from all over the world to know that for the most part, the devastation was not as severe as the media implied. Though casinos along the famous boardwalk closed for a record five days during the clean up process, none were irreparably damaged, according to Tony Rodio, the president of the Casino Association of New Jersey.
The holiday traditions of Atlantic City will go on as planned; events like the parade and annual Running of the Santas are favorites among both locals and visitors alike. The Running of the Santas is a costumed pub crawl which takes place at the Tropicana Casino Resort and features the Hooters calendar girls, plenty of buffalo wings and lots of fun. Thousands of santas participate and a portion of the proceeds go to charity.
The Legends in Concert shows, one before Christmas and the other on New Year's Eve, are both going on according to schedule. Bally Casino presents these performances annually, which feature singers who impersonate Michael Jackson, Marilyn Monroe, Carrie Underwood, Barbara Streisand and Elvis Presley, to name a few.
The installation of Artlantic, an open air exhibit of international artists' work, was opened a mere three weeks after Sandy hit. Situated along the Boardwalk in vacant lots that were undamaged by the storm, this $3 million dollar project is a tribute to Atlantic City's history and seaside culture.
Joseph Kelly, the president of the Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce, hopes that the city councils' ongoing efforts to diversify the draw of their downtown will help the local economy rebound after the revenue plummeting that Superstorm Sandy was responsible for.
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