ATLANTIC CITY, NY -- Amusement professionals from the Garden State will convene for the New Jersey Amusement Association's annual East Coast Expo next week. The trade show and convention will be held on Feb. 19 and 20 at the Golden Nugget here.
The trade show floor is expected to host a full roster of industry suppliers. Seminars will focus on legal issues relevant to those operating amusements in the state. They include:
» Annual ride regulations update, which is set for Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 10 a.m.
» Legalized games of chance update, scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 20, at 10 a.m.
Optimism At November Meeting
In mid-November, NJAA held its annual business meeting in Orlando, FL, in conjunction with the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions show. Some 150 NJAA members and other industry officials attended.
The meeting, which followed the Jersey Shore's 2013 summer season and miraculous rebuild after Superstorm Sandy, was upbeat compared with 2012's, which took place two weeks after the Sandy hit.
What a difference a year makes. NJAA president John Maurer, Coast to Coast Entertainment, said that the membership's persistence and resiliency following the storm was a key contributor to the Jersey Shore recovery. Among the special guests was John Pascaretti, president of the Amusement and Music Operators Association, who praised NJAA members for their comeback from the storm. There was also a presentation by Chris Perry of Wild Wadi Waterpark (Dubai).
"A crisis like Sandy," Pascaretti noted, "can bring out the worst and best in human nature, and it is clear that in the case of NJAA, it was definitely the latter."
NJAA presented Pamela Landwirth, president of Give Kids the World, with a $10,000 donation. Funds were raised during NJAA's 16th Annual Golf Outing, held in September, at the Sea Oaks Golf Club in Little Egg Harbor Township, NJ.
PHOTO: Shown during NJAA annual meeting in Orlando, from left, are NJAA government relations counsel Ed McGlynn, legal counsel Lary Zucker, NJAA executive director Kimberle Rolle Samarelli and NJAA president John Maurer.