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ATLANTIC CITY — City Council introduced an ordinance late Wednesday to create a five-member Cannabis Review Board that would review applications from cannabis wholesalers, retailers, medical dispensaries and delivery services in the city.

“It will be non-binding no matter what they do,” Council President George Tibbitt said. “Everything comes before the council for a decision.”

The five members will be one person nominated by the mayor, one member chosen by council, the directors of planning and development and licensing and inspections (or their designees), and one citizen member nominated by the mayor.

The vote was 8 to 1, with only Councilman Aaron “Sporty” Randolph voting no.

The ordinance still has to be voted on after a public hearing.

Passed without comment was a resolution to replace John Devlin on the board of the Atlantic City Municipal Utilities Authority with eviction and debt collection attorney John Eccles Jr.

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The board removed Devlin from the ACMUA board earlier this month after an alleged misconduct hearing involving interference in day-to-day business and contracts.

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Devlin said he and his attorney, David Castellani, are “absolutely appealing this case and pursuing further legal action.”

Like Devlin, Eccles lives in the 6th Ward, according to that ward’s councilman Jesse Kurtz, who nominated Devlin and did not support his removal.

During the hearing, Devlin said he challenged the votes, demanded transparency and asked numerous questions of the executive directors, but denied ever interfering with the authority’s contracts or day-to-day operations, as the current executive director and two alleged former executive directors.

The board also plans to start in-person meetings again in March, with help from its health and human services department, Tibbitt said. Health officials will help establish rules to protect attendees’ health and safety from COVID-19 infection, Tibbitt said.

The Board meets virtually shortly after the start of the pandemic in March 2020, with the exception of the January 2022 reorganization meeting held at Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall.

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Kurtz said he’s come up with a plan to outfit boardrooms with equipment for hybrid meetings, so even after they’re held in person, people can watch virtually if they prefer.

“Equipment is currently being procured,” Kurtz said after the meeting.

An order was also introduced to transfer property at 718 Robinson Ave., between Grant and Lincoln avenues, to Habitat for Humanity to rehabilitate or build new affordable housing.

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