Since 2011, current Atlantic County Commissioner, Ernest Coursey has managed and controls cash collections for Atlantic City special events parking.
Coursey, along with Mayor Small and Kaleem Shabazz are vehemently against credit or debit card payments. They all prefer cash. Last night they squashed Ordinance 13: An auto-payment, credit card plan for outdoor event parking.
The Atlantic City special events parking business needs a deep financial audit. Some suggest criminal charges could be considered.Public Comment
Atlantic County Commissioner Ernest Coursey called in to defend himself. A rare appearance for Coursey at Atlantic City Council. Coursey claims he doesn’t touch the parking money. So who does touch the money?
In addition to being a County Commissioner, Coursey is Chief of Staff for Atlantic City Mayor, Marty Small.
Coursey is married to Leslie White-Coursey, she’s the Executive Atlantic County Superintendent of Schools.
As Atlantic County Commissioner, Coursey represents Ventnor, Margate, Longport and Atlantic City.
Atlantic City CFO Toro Aberdeen (former Ventnor CFO) defends the current ‘ticket and stub’ process.
We call him ‘Cash-Only Coursey’. He scares away potential event attendees with insane parking prices and practices.Event Promoter Team.
Credit cards harm minority residents, says Atlantic City Business Administrator, Anthony Swan.
Event parking run by Coursey is all cash and lacks accountability.Public Comment
During weekend events, large amounts of cash goes home with a variety of unknown employees. They hold the cash until official City Hall operating hours.
Parking fees being raised again. Will double from $10 to $20 per car.
Coursey claims there is NO proof that current cash system is a problem.
For years, Ernest Coursey has been quietly running Atlantic City’s cash-only, event parking lots. The big one is Bader Field.
Coursey claims any question about his parking management system is nothing but ‘dis-information’.
Coursey: Money missing? People taking money? Any attempt to count cars is an insult to our employees. Why question their integrity? No one knows how this works.
‘An automated ticket, credit card machine will create traffic backups’ says Coursey.
AC Iron Man event had 2,800 parked cars. Presumably brings in $28,000 in cash.
AC Beer Fest is another major event that must use event parking controlled by Ernest Coursey.
Coursey: It’s insulting. Are they accusing us of stealing? Every dime is accounted for. I’ve been running this parking business since 2011. Not one problem yet.
‘No more than 3 people collect the money‘ says Atlantic County Commissioner Coursey. Those 3 presumably take that cash home until City Hall re-opens. The employees that handle all that cash can always change according to Coursey.
Which AC employees take home tens of thousands in cash? Who’s holding all that parking lot cash? Why not use the bank drop box?Public Comment
Coursey prefers doubling event parking rate to $20 cash. $5 dollar bills are problematic according to Coursey. Slows the process down.
Atlantic City Council Doubles Event Parking Fee from $10 to $20.
Councilman Jesse Kurtz: This is now year-two of discussion. It’s dangerous to carry so much cash.
Council President Sporty Randolph admonished Councilman Kurtz for questioning the City’s management of special event parking.
Atlantic City Councilman Shabazz: Credit cards are not practical for the 2023 outdoor event season. Not enough time to put credit card process into effect.
Administration and most of Atlantic City council prefer to keep all cash process for 2023 event parking season.
Issue has been adjourned until April 19, 2023 meeting.