The Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, N.J., which closed in 2014, has long been considered an eyesore on the city’s boardwalk. This year it was declared a public safety hazard after pieces of it blew off during heavy winds.
Today the mayor of the struggling New Jersey seashore town, Marty Small, Sr., announced that the city is auctioning off the right to one lucky/well-to-do individual the right to push the button that triggers the implosion of the building in early February.
An online auction for the rights to push the button has been established. The auctioneer’s website describes it as “a once in a lifetime opportunity to bid on the right to push the button to implode Trump Plaza, Atlantic City, NJ. As you may or may not know, the Trump Plaza has been scheduled demolition and leveled off the boardwalk of Atlantic City. For several years it has been sitting empty and now is the time to end an era and replace it with something new. We are selling the experience to push the button to implode Trump Plaza. This will be a live broadcasted sale so we hope to see you on sale day and start the year with a Bang!”
The mayor said all of the proceeds from the auction will go to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Atlantic City. Mayor Small is thinking big. He hopes to raise at least $1 million. Since the coronavirus pandemic hit the club’s activities have significantly expanded to 12 hours a day. It now is offering meals academic enrichment and workforce development programs to more than 1,200 children a year in the economically depressed city.
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Small says a charitable contribution in connection with bringing down the structure, which opened in 1984 and Trump lost in bankruptcy in 2009, would be a fitting boost to the community. Small said Trump “took advantage of the bankruptcy laws, took advantage of a lot of people, made a lot of money in Atlantic City, and then got out.”