Atlantic City Mayor Wants Former Trump Casino Demolished: Says It’s An ‘Eyesore’

Trump Plaza Hotel and Signage, People Walking By HotelDuring a meeting of the Metropolitan Business & Citizens Association, held at Caesars Atlantic City on Jan. 15, Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small said in a speech that one of his biggest and most important goals for the 2020 year is demolishing the Plaza Hotel. This was a former Trump property.

“My administration’s goal is to tear Trump Plaza down,” Small said. “That’s not accepted in any other city but Atlantic City. It’s an embarrassment, it’s blight on our skyline, and that’s the biggest eyesore in town.”

Mayor Small’s comments came on the heels of Jim Allen’s, Hard Rock International’s CEO, expressed disappointment in the state of the city. Allen confidently asserted that the city is in its “worse shape” since purchasing the Hard Rock property there three years ago. He states the city hasn’t responded swiftly or appropriately enough to growing concerns of the city’s worsening condition, for example, broken streetlights that have remained out for months:

 “When you’re in a resort environment where safety and security is so important, if the city can’t get something fixed as simple as the street lighting, then maybe a change is needed,” Allen said.

Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino was forced to shut its doors in 2014, as the Garden State’s gambling epicenter was hit with an extended bout of weaker traffic. Smalls was tired of the building being seen as nothing more than illegally-discarded trash. Once again, he started asking for the property to be demolished.

He wants his back yard cleaned up and rid of the dead weight, and he wants it now.

Trump Cuts Ties With AC Over a Decade Ago

Trump actually cut most of his ties with Atlantic City in 2009. This was when he sued to have his name removed from the shuttered Plaza building in October 2014, a month after it closed. The last of Trump’s involvement in the city was a small stake in the company. It was in return for the use of his name, but it has since been removed.

There are two other casinos that Trump once owned. Today, they’re currently operating under new brands—the Golden Nugget and Hard Rock. The Golden Nugget used to be the Trump Marina, and the Hard Rock was the former Trump Taj Mahal.

Currently, the Plaza building is owned by billionaire Carl Icahn, who assumed ownership of Trump’s former casino company from bankruptcy in 2016.

Obtaining a Demolition Permit

While the major goal of his administration is to make the building go away is clear, Small didn’t exactly specify who would bear the expense.

Trump Plaza was considered for demolition two years ago, but Icahn has not obtained a demolition permit, as reported by The Press of Atlantic City. Mayor Small’s effort to obtain funding from a state agency toward the cost of demolition failed, but he is putting enforcement in place this time around in an effort to help see his demolition goal succeed in the new year.

Small explained that a new 90-day code enforcement review panel is going to be put in place starting this week, according to The Press Of Atlantic City. Also coming are a business advisory council and infrastructure committee that are designed to help identify opportunities in both of those potential growth areas.

Guest Experience Enhanced at Plaza Hotel and Casino

New executives are arriving at the Plaza Hotel and Casino, and they have one job: upgrade the guest experience in one of the most popular properties in Las Vegas. It has undergone several important changes since Jonathan Jossel was appointed CEO back in 2015, and that has resulted in significant growth.

Recently, Jossel has decided to further upgrade guest experience in his casino, and by recruiting new leadership for several key departments, he wants to include a better overall offer. New leaders will be appointed in the marketing/operations, brand management, and food and beverage departments. Jossel said that he wanted to recruit new leaders who have a lot of experience and skills who would be able to help the property grow and build success on top of what they had achieved so far. This action is a part of his effort to grow offerings at the Plaza and attract more customers.

The Team

One of the key people to join the Plaza as the vice president of marketing and operations in the casino is John Janicky, who has been in the industry for more than 25 years and is considered a veteran of the gaming industry. Janicky worked at SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino and Aliante Casino Hotel and Spa. He will have a very important job at the Plaza, which would include focusing on technology and developing marketing programs that would bring innovation to the casino and enhance the experience of visitors.

Another important person to be appointed the leader of the food and beverage program is Ryan Rowland, who will elevate offerings of this property and upgrade dining experience which will be unmatched in Las Vegas. Rowland also has a very detailed and long resume of successful positions, including Spago Las Vegas, Michael Mina Bellagio, Jean-Georges Prime Steakhouse, and StripSteak at Mandalay Bay.

Michael Vakneen was selected as a concept developer, food and beverage analyst, and as the director of special projects. He is one of the co-founders of a popular food place called Pop Up Pizza, which turned out to be one of the first gourmet pizzerias located on the casino floor of the Plaza. Vakneen has a lot of experience in commercial real estate and restaurant development, as he managed to open nine restaurants and bars over the course of three years.

Last but not least, the newest member of the Plaza team is Bronson Olimpieri, who has more than 20 years of experience in the industry related to hospitality. One of his biggest successes is TCB Strategic, which is a company he owns and operates. TCB Strategic focuses on marketing and branding. It is a very popular branding agency, which turned out to be the main reason why Olimpieri was invited to join the team. He will work on brand management and will focus on developing new concepts and creative initiatives for the Plaza.

Jossel on the Team

Naturally, Jossel was more than happy with the newest additions to the company, and he stated that John, Bronson, Michael, and Ryan would bring unparalleled experience to the Plaza and help it advance its offerings and improve the guest experience by taking things to a whole new level.

It seems that the future of the Plaza is in the right hands as the facility is only going to improve from this point on. Las Vegas is defintiely a place to be next summer and visiting the Plaza is highly recommended for the ultimate Vegas experience.

Plaza Hotel and Casino Prepares St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

The legendary dome entrance of the Plaza Hotel and Casino will be decorated and host a free party on March 16 at 7 p.m. in order to honor the annual holiday of St. Patrick’s day, which is celebrated on March 17. Plaza prepared a lot of interesting things for the day, one of which is fireworks for several locations on the property that will be fired after the show starts. Since green is the official color of this holiday, the fireworks will be green as well, and they will be fired at 10:30 p.m. which is when the party should reach its peak.

This is planned to be an outdoor festivity that will feature a DJ as well as other exciting things to do. Those who like taking photos of themselves will have an opportunity to test the photo booth that will be placed nearby. Furthermore, people who like drinking and playing games will enjoy beer pong and flip cup, which are just some of the activities planned for the evening. Every good party needs food, and because St. Patrick’s day is an Irish holiday, it will bring the guests of Plaza Hotel and Casino certain food and drink specials such as a $5 Banger on a Bun and Irish Slider. If you are up for some Irish fun and you happen to be in Vegas around March 16, make sure to visit this event and create memories for a lifetime.

If you enjoy fireworks and don’t want to miss the chance to see the sky turn green, Plaza is offering several views where you can enjoy the light show. These view spots will be all over the dome and Fremont Street.

The party will not last for one day only, as it runs throughout the weekend (beginning on March 15 and lasting until March 17).  Plaza is preparing a lot of other interesting surprises for visitors such as numerous drink specials at the casino bars. Some of the available drinks will include Jameson Mules and Irish Car Bombs that you can buy for only $7 and Jameson Shots and Grey Goose Le Melons that you can buy for $5. If you are not feeling like drinking liquor, you can always buy Guinness beer in cans or pints for $5 and enjoy St. Patrick’s day like a true Irishman. Although not obligatory, it is always advised that you wear something green for the party in order to have Irish luck and avoid getting pinched!

Why Do We Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

Saint Patrick is an Irish saint who introduced Christianity to Ireland. He used a three-leaf clover to explain to them the concept of the Holy Trinity, which is why they use this type of clover as one of the main symbols to represent the holiday.

Although originally celebrated only in Ireland, many Americans of Irish decent decided to bring these traditions when they moved to the New Continent.  As a result, Saint Patrick also became popular all over the US and was celebrated not only by the Irish but by other Christians as well. Just like Christmas, this holiday has gained mainstream popularity and is now an integral part of the popular culture in the US, and people absolutely love celebrating Saint Patrick’s day.

The green is worn because that’s Ireland’s national color due to the fact that it is a very green country. Irish people love dressing in green, especially during St. Patrick’s day. Another integral part of celebrating this festival is Irish music, Irish dance, and Irish beverages.

Whether you always celebrate St. Patrick’s Day or this is the first year you’re considering it, be sure to check out the celebration at the Plaza Hotel and Casino if you’re in the area!