Seth Grossman Press Conference Statement On Atlantic City Green Acres Diversion for Atlantic Shores Ocean Wind Project

Press Conference Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Time: 10:00 am

Place: South Belmont Avenue & Boardwalk (Near Ritz Condominiums) In Atlantic City, NJ

Green Acres Diversion & State Control of Atlantic City Land For Wind Cables Very Bad Deal For Atlantic City

This sign announces a “virtual” public hearing tonight on a very bad plan for Atlantic City. Atlantic Shores wants permits to install massive, high voltage, industrial electric cables and transformers on dedicated “Green Acres” parkland through the Beach and Boardwalk right in front of us and right next to the Ritz condominiums over there.  It also wants its high voltage cables and their Electro-Magnetic-Fields or EMFs to run through various residential neighborhoods in Atlantic City.

It wants to do this so that more than a hundred giant wind turbines in the ocean can bring their high voltage electricity here on shore.

To get these permits, Atlantic Shores wants Atlantic City government to remove the Green Acres protection from this part of the beach so they can industrialize it, just as it plans to industrialize much of the ocean in out there.

According to State Law, they cannot do this unless Atlantic City puts other land under state control in what is called Green Acres Diversion.

Atlantic Shore wants our city government to now put big chunks of our city-owned land under State Green Acres control.

This includes the baseball field by Sovereign Avenue and the Bay where I first played baseball growing up here. It includes the boat house next door.  It includes big chunks the old Bader Field airport needed for other uses, including tax ratables.

There is no reason for Atlantic City residents and taxpayers to put any of this land under state Green Acres control.

Neither the people of Atlantic City, and nor anyone in New Jersey have anything to gain by moving this horrible wind turbine project forward.

We have had five experimental wind turbines here in Atlantic City for the past 17 years.

Yet in all those years, nobody has done any peer reviewed scientific studies or analysis to find out if they produce enough useful electricity, and save enough fossil fuel to pay for themselves, or to justify their killing of migratory birds.

We have seen them stop completely on hot summer days, when we need electricity the most, but when there is not enough wind.  We have seen them stop during storms when we also need electricity, completely when there was too much wind.  We have seen them stop for routine maintenance, which is done much quicker on land than miles out in the ocean.

We have no idea how much fossil fuel was burned to back them up.  There are no batteries big enough to store electricity from wind turbines.  We have no idea how much electricity from our five experimental wind turbines were dumped and wasted when it was not needed.

That is because the Atlantic City Utilities Authority does not own the five wind turbines that have been on its property since 2005.  Those five wind turbines are owned by Jersey-Atlantic Wind, a private LLC.  None of the data needed to judge their success or failure has been released to the public.  None has been studied or analyzed by Stockton University or any other public institution.

Building two hundred wind turbines in the ocean without studying the five we had on land for the past 17 years is like forcing everyone in New Jersey to take a new medicine, without doing any clinical trials to see if it works— or is safe.

The people of Atlantic City should deny this application by Atlantic Shores and oppose this madness. is a tax-exempt, non-political education organization of roughly 200 citizens who mostly live near Atlantic City, New Jersey.  We formed this group in 2003. We volunteer our time and money to maintain this website. We do our best to post accurate information. However, we admit we make mistakes from time to time.  If you see any mistakes or inaccurate, misleading, outdated, or incomplete information in this or any of our posts, please let us know. We will do our best to correct the problem as soon as possible. Please email us at or telephone (609) 927-7333.

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    Seth Grossman is executive director of Liberty And Prosperity, which he co-founded in 2003. It promotes American liberty and limited constitutional government through weekly radio and in-person discussions, its website, email newsletters and various events. Seth Grossman is also a general practice lawyer.

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