Sports gambling a much better bet for A.C. area than AmazonBy Press of Atlantic City StaffSeptember 29, 2017 at 3:27 amA few years of near-depression in the Atlantic County economy has made some officials and residents almost desperate for relief. That’s understandable.But the seriousness of the situation calls for hard realism about what can be done and hard-working dedication to do it. Diversifying an economy and turning it around take time. If people get impatient, they’re tempted to jump at impossible game-changers rather than focus on the more certain incremental improvements.Two current hopes for the Atlantic City area show the difference.This month Amazon has been inviting proposals nationwide for a $5 billion second headquarters that would employ as many as 50,000.That’s far more employees than South Jersey could supply, but that hasn’t stopped Atlantic County and Galloway Township from pitching themselves to the online retailer.In fact, a look at the requirements Amazon spelled out in its proposal suggests this area hardly meets any of them. It wants to be within 30 miles of a metropolitan center with at least 1 million people. “A highly educated labor pool is critical and a strong university system is required.” It wants a nearby airport with international flights. Those don’t describe the Jersey Shore.