Poll: Fewer think AC boardwalk wrecked by Sandy January 17, 2013 at 12:15 pm Wayne Parry, ASSOCIATED PRESS ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) – First, the good news: Fewer people erroneously think the Atlantic City Boardwalk was destroyed by Superstorm Sandy. The bad news? Twenty-five percent of respondents to an online survey still think it was. The Atlantic City Alliance, the new marketing arm of the casino resort, said the survey represented an improvement from a similar poll in November, in which 41 percent of respondents believed the entire Boardwalk was gone. In reality, only a two-block portion of a previously damaged and condemned section in the Inlet neighborhood that had been slated for demolition washed away in the storm. The main Boardwalk behind the nine oceanfront casinos came through the storm unscathed. Tourism officials have been working hard to dispel that erroneous image which was circulated in some media reports during the storm. “The new study indicates Atlantic City is making significant strides, where fewer people think the Boardwalk is destroyed and more think the casinos are fine and open compared to the last study,” said Jeff Guaracino, a spokesman for the Alliance. “The challenge is that still a quarter of the U.S. population believes the boardwalk is destroyed, and in our key markets the number is higher.” The online survey conducted 1,250 interviews from Jan. 4-7. Due to the Sandy’s track, Atlantic City suffered minimal damage and reopened for business between five and seven days after the storm. But the 12 casinos say visitors from some key markets are still not coming back in pre-storm numbers. The livelihoods of more than 40,000 employees in 12 casinos, plus hospitality industry workers at businesses catering to the tourism industry, all depend on a strong visitor base. Since the storm, the Alliance, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, the City of Atlantic City, the casino industry and others have launched marketing campaigns and have created Boardwalk-centric events to spread the word that the Boardwalk is open and unharmed. ___ Wayne Parry can be reached at http://twitter.com/WayneParryAC Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.