Sweetwater Casino on Fire!

RednekF350

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Just heard on Action News a few minutes ago (6:05 a.m.) that the Sweetwater Casino is on fire.
They just showed an aerial view and it looks pretty bad.
I hope they save Gabe's piano!!
 
Apr 6, 2004
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I was wondering why the water plane has been circling for the last hour or so. Looks like I'm out of the job.:cry: R.I.P. Sweetwater Casino.
 

MuckSavage

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Fox News said the same at 07:30......looks like a total loss! Very very sad. How my gonna get my horseradish cheese fix? That sounds selfish....sorry! A beautiful place in a wonderful setting. I hope the rebuild & continue to prosper, however, it won't be the same.
 

long-a-coming

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Just saw a report on NBC. Cause of the fire unknown right now. They showed the building completely engulfed and before they said it was the Sweetwater I got this sick feeling. This is horrible!
 
This is a very sad day for all of us who celebrated a birthday, an anniversary, or other occasion at the casino down through the years. My memories take me back to dining on some fine seafood or Prime Rib numerous times as I watched the Mullica River flow by the window. The “Lines in the Pines” booksigning event will never be the same, but I am sure Linda will find another venue and we will make the best of it with a certain level of sorrow.

Requiescit in pace, Sweetwater Casino. You will be missed!

With a heavy heart,
Jerseyman :(
 

RednekF350

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This is a very sad day for all of us who celebrated a birthday, an anniversary, or other occasion at the casino down through the years. My memories take me back to dining on some fine seafood or Prime Rib numerous times as I watched the Mullica River flow by the window.

Requiescit in pace, Sweetwater Casino. You will be missed!

With a heavy heart,
Jerseyman :(
The herpers would have loved the place too.
It one of the few places that used to have frog legs on the menu. :)
They used to toss them on the seafood combo platters years ago. Not sure if they still did.
If ever anything tasted like chicken, it is frog legs.
It is a shame to see the place go.
Hopefully somebody will rebuild it sooner rather than later.
If it sits too long, they will lose the ability to rebuild without having to respect current rules for buffering to the river, nitrate dilution for the septic and all the other regulatory nightmares that NJ promulgates so well.
 
The herpers would have loved the place too.
It one of the few places that used to have frog legs on the menu. :)
They used to toss them on the seafood combo platters years ago. Not sure if they still did. If ever anything tasted like chicken, it is frog legs.
Scott:

Right you are! Sweetwater Casino was the very first place I ever consumed frogs leg and you are correct—they do, indeed, taste like chicken.

Best regards,
Jerseyman
 

GermanG

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Count me in as well as someone having their first taste of frog legs there. As a hunter, who constantly is asked to describe what the game I shoot tastes like, I really hate to use the overused "tastes like chicken" description, but it really is true in this case!

Both my wife and I were especially bummed out by the loss of Sweetwater. We've eaten there many times but have wanted to go by boat ever since we got our boat a few years ago. Too late now. In the short 24 years that I've lived in Ocean County, it seems I've seen so many historic landmarks go. The Forked River House, Clayton's Log Cabin, The New Gretna House, and now Sweetwater Casino. And most of what is being built today is sterile, generic construction, totally lacking in any character.
 
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I have been going to Sweetwater since the late 70's, i will have to definitely say that it was a major influence on my love of the Pine Barrens, of course the Rev.Beck is what started me on my journeys.

My ex brother in law introduced me to the place with my first wife in 1977, the seafood dinners, the ambience and the area brought me back numerous times, the few places left that i go to are Allens in New Gretna, and the Oyster Creek Inn at Leeds Point.

Numerous times i have been to Leeds Point by boat which was right across the bay from my dock at Captain Mikes Marina on Great Bay Boulevard, i made the trip to Sweetwater by boat only twice from my marina, it was a scenic and historic one hour ride from my dock, you would go through the cut outs, nice short cuts, Collins Cove at the Parkway, Swan Bay, Log Bay, Oak Island, Lower Bank, Green Bank, Crowleys Landing, then finally arrive at the Casino.

In closing, the good ole days, the memories will never cease.

Jim