Poetry readings removed from Atlantic City summer plans
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- Poetry's been sent packing from Atlantic City's summer entertainment offerings after complaints that it would be a waste of money.
The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority had planned to pay for readings as entertainment alongside music at a farmers market it sponsors.
But three lawmakers called the readings the "height of absurdity" as a way to attract people to the struggling resort city.
CRDA Executive Director John Palmieri tells The Press of Atlantic City that he's calling them off. He says "poetry is not a bad thing," but that maybe someone other than his agency should subsidize it.
The authority is funded by a tax on the city's casinos.
Four casinos closed last year and 8,000 workers lost their jobs.