On the Waterfront

With flooding already a regular occurrence, and the city being exposed to further threats from storms and climate change, Atlantic City is searching for ways to stem the tide. Working with limited funds, the city is striving for long-term solutions, and looking to combine both local and federal funding. While progress is slow, with projects expected to take five to 10 years to complete, it is being made – work has already been started on such items as a new sea wall and boardwalk, an upgrade of the Baltic Avenue Canal, and a Chelsea Heights bulkhead.

To further expand the flood prevention activities, proposals have also been made to turn Atlantic City into a hub for research in resilience and climate change, including in the Atlantic County Economic Development and Action Plan and Atlantic City’s Five-Year Recovery Plan. “Atlantic City is perfectly positioned to be in the forefront based on its central location along the East Coast, its conference space and hotel rooms, its vulnerability to storms and flooding and its unique coastal urban environment,” said planning and development director Elizabeth Terenik.