Plans for non-gambling fun in Atlantic City include Ferris wheel, zip line, inlet restaurants

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Making good on its vow to seek new, non-gambling attractions, Atlantic City has announced redevelopment plans that include a giant Ferris wheel and zip line next to the Steel Pier, along with restaurants, a rebuilt Boardwalk and an elevated walkway in its inlet neighborhood.

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The plans come as Atlantic City has lost four of its 12 casinos and is trying to make its tourism-centered economy less dependent on gambling.

The City Council is expected Wednesday night to approve an expansion of the iconic Steel Pier to make way for an already-approved observation wheel with enclosed, climate-controlled cars, and a zip-line ride.

It's also due to approve a redevelopment plan for the Northeast Inlet neighborhood including new eateries, a rebuilt Boardwalk and an elevated walkway to bring new business to the area.