SUPERSTAR BEACH--Cape May NJ was identified recently by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) as one of its 38 Superstar Beaches. The same report revealed that beaches in Delaware, New Hampshire, and New Jersey have the best water quality in the country, while Ohio has the worst said the NRDC. The report examines water quality monitoring in 2013 for beaches in 30 states on the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, the Gulf of Mexico and the Great Lakes.
English: Sunset at Sunset Beach in Cape May, NJ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
From the report
A good trip to the beach promises sun, surf, and relaxation. Visitors should expect to leave sandy and smiling—but not feeling ill. Unfortunately, the water at your local beach might be contaminated by human or animal waste, putting your health at risk: bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens in that waste can make exposed swimmers sick.What causes this contamination? Across the country, the largest known contributor to beach closings or health advisory days has historically been stormwater pollution. Untreated sewage spills and overflows are also frequently to blame.
WHAT HAPPENS NOW?--New Jersey officials initially predicted legal online gambling would boost state tax revenues by $180 million in fiscal 2014. By the time Republican Gov. Chris Christie signed the budget last June, the figure had been revised downward to $160 million.
By the end of May, one month shy of the fiscal year's end, the state had taken in just $9.3 million in revenue from online gambling, according to the nonpartisan Office of Legislative Services. And with collections in April and May falling below those in March, online gambling isn't even trending upward. State officials have blamed the slow start on technology glitches and payment processing issues.
Nevada and Delaware, which have much smaller populations than New Jersey, also have collected only modest revenue from online gambling.
CASINOS CLOSING--The Showboat Casino Hotel will shut down Aug. 31, parent company Caesars Entertainment told the Associated Press today. The stunning news raises the prospect of three big casino closures within the span of a few months. Another casino, the Atlantic Club, has already closed this year. That casino, which was formerly the Hilton and once marked the southwestern end of the gambling strip along the famous boardwalk, shut down in January. A third, the sleek and towering Revel — at the northeastern end of the boardwalk — is saying it will shut down if a buyer isn't found. See article
THE GREAT WHITE COMEBACK--Researchers claim that the population of Great White sharks has grown significantly off the coast of the Eastern U.S. and parts of Canada. They feel that the rise in population is due to increased conservation efforts and a greater availability of prey. Researchers claim that beach goers should not be overly fearful when heading out to vacation this summer, however should definitely use caution in areas where these magnificent creatures have been spotted.
Researcher looking for Mako sharks off the coast of Cape May, NJ, received a scare recently when a 16-ft Great White came up out of the water and bit the chum bait bag straight off the side of the boat. Read more
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