Hipper Miss America Shines Spotlight on Atlantic City’s Rebirth

2016 Miss America Atlantic City
2016 Miss America. Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall

The excitement in Atlantic City reached a climax Sunday night as Miss Georgia; Betty Cantrell, was crowned Miss America 2016. The spiffy new Boardwalk Hall served the 52 contestants and over 10,000 attendees well. Not too big. Not too small. Really a great place to see a show, whether Miss America, Madonna, ice hockey or a political convention.

A fresher, hipper Miss AC? We think so. Pageant Chairman Sam Haskell opened the show with a ‘welcome back’ and an apology to head judge, Vanessa Williams. Back¬†in 1984, Williams had to resign over some artistic, yet nude photos that were discovered. Today, pics like those would barely elicit a yawn.

Here’s hoping that Atlantic City and the Miss America organization can extend it’s deal to keep Miss A here on the Boardwalk. These two classic entities are perfectly suited to help each other re-invent, refresh, and renew for a much changed world.