Bail reform and the COVID-19 pandemic have hampered the city’s ability to cut down on shoplifting, illegal public drug use and other antisocial activities, a group of merchants and officials agreed at a public safety meeting at Tanger Outlets The Walk on Friday.

But with the national NAACP convention coming to the nearby Atlantic City Convention Center in July, the group vowed to work together to crack down on repeat offenders, some of whom have threatened staff members and created upsetting scenes for visitors. Read More from Press of Atlantic City.