Former Trump Plaza Casino In Atlantic City To Be Blown Up Next Month

1/21/2021 10:12:00 PM

A day after President Trump left the White House, the Mayor of Atlantic City announced that 10 seats with unobstructed views of the former casino will be auctioned off for a viewing party.

.Back in December, Bodnar’s Auction was taking bids for the right to press the detonator button to blow up the shuttered casino. But on Monday, the company cancelled the auction after receiving a cease and desist letter from one of Icahn’s companies. Bodnar’s had solicited a high bid of $175,000.

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“We are 100% focused on safety and we have been clear from the get-go that we don’t want any distractions,” a spokesperson forIcahn Enterprises told Forbes. “From the beginning we thought the auction and any other related spectacle presented a safety risk and we were always clear that we would not participate in any way.”

Mayor Small stressed several times during his press conference that Icahn and his company has nothing to do with the new viewing party auction, which will start taking bids on February 3. An organization affiliated with Icahn is said to be making a $175,000 donation to the Boys and Girls Club.

Icahn, who Forbes estimates is worth $14.6 billion, has previously supported President Trump. During the 2016 campaign, Carl and his wife Gail gave committees supporting Trump$250,000, according to public filings. Gail donated a much smaller sum to the Trump campaign in the summer of 2020 for his re-election bid.

During the early days of Trump’s presidency, Icahn accepted a role in his administration as a special economic advisor. However, Icahn left the post within a year amid conflicts-of-interest concerns.As for the soon-to-be vacant space on the Atlantic City boardwalk, Icahn for has not released plans for what will replace the former Trump property.

The Trump Plaza closed in 2014 after years of loses.AFP via Getty ImagesSmall said the city hopes Icahn doesn’t build another casino. He’s concerned about the gambling market being over saturated in the oceanside resort city and said he’d rather see a development that offers amenities that Atlantic City currently doesn’t have, like family entertainment or new industry.

“The City of Atlantic City has one shot with that land. Not often do you have center city ocean front available,” Small said. “It’s his land, he can put anything he wants there, but hopefully we’re part of the conversation.”For people who cannot afford to bid on the viewing party, Mayor Small said the city will open Bader Field, which spans 141 acres and has clear view of Trump Plaza, to spectators. “You have to pay for parking, but you can pull up and watch,” said Small.

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Trump opened the Trump Plaza in 1984 and it closed in 2014. The Trump Plaza was one ofthree casinos in Atlantic Citywith the Trump name, including the Trump Taj Mahal, which is now the Hard Rock Cafe and Trump Marina, now the Golden Nugget.In an interview with Forbes on Tuesday, Mayor Small said his office has been getting calls from around the world. “It’ll be a worldwide event,” he said. “Everyone is fascinated.”

He denies that the city’s involvement with the event is a political act, nor is it a repudiation of Trump. “This has nothing to do with politics,” says Small. “The building closed in 2014, Trump wasn’t the president. Every year it deteriorated to the point where you couldn’t take it anymore.”

Legendary boxer Mike Tyson won many battles at the Trump Plaza Hotel. In 1987, Tyson defeated Jose Ribalta in a technical knock out.The Ring Magazine via Getty ImagesAll that said, Trump Plaza was the entertainment hub of Atlantic City during its heyday. “It hosted all the Mike Tyson fights, WrestleMania IV and V. A lot of people will be emotional [when it comes down],” said Small.

As for Trump’s legacy in Atlantic City?“I think it flamed out, similar to what you saw with his presidency,” said Small. “He’s done some great things here, obviously the jobs, the development, but he stopped paying attention to the properties and at the end it’s was a disaster, similar to what happened on the Eve of Biden being inaugurated.”

As for what the act of blowing up the Trump Plaza means to Atlantic City, Small says it’s a prayer for the future.“Listen, it symbolizes hope and opportunity,” says Small. Read more: Forbes »

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😬 Oh no! Rigged again! And, selling tickets to watch. Gotta love it. GOPLeader HawleyMO SenTedCruz HouseGOP SenateGOP WelcomeBackAmerica Maybe he should visit and hang around inside that day. 💥💥💥Make it a Pay Per View event - revenue to go to a fund for hungry Americans How fitting to end Trump’s disastrous presidency!!!! 😉 His brand needs to be removed everywhere. It only brings up bad memories

Sounds like the perfect plan. Yay! Biden gets to push button good