Trump presented himself as a successful businessman throughout his political career, but his Atlantic City gambling operation was anything but.
While you may be able to watch the implosion from certain areas of the beach and boardwalk, there will be plenty of areas that will be blocked off. City officials are saying, "Stay away from downtown". Overall, it took the structure less than 20 seconds to collapse.
Trump Plaza has been demolished.
It seems like forever, but we've finally reached the point where the Trump Plaza is coming down in Atlantic City.
"The Trump Plaza has stood for years as one of the city's most visible eyesores, occupying prime land near the oceanfront boardwalk". "Everyone from Hulk Hogan to Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, it was the whole gamut of personalities".
"It was like that a lot: You had Madonna and Sean Penn walking in, Barbra Streisand and Don Johnson, Muhammad Ali would be there, Oprah sitting with Donald ringside", he recalled. "I really enjoyed it; I've never seen anything like that". Per the Press of Atlantic City, an auction held at the Playground Pier earlier this month that saw nearby hotels offer VIP packages netted more than $6,000 for the local Boys & Girls Club chapter.
However, Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small downplayed the building's connection to the one-time president.
When Trump pulled out of the ownership structure of the casino in 2009, numerous local contractors who worked on the project made it clear they were not sad to see him go. Icahn Enterprises, a major real estate developer, bought both the Trump Taj Mahal, which closed in 2016, Trump Plaza and the Trump Entertainment Resorts company.
When it closed, Trump Plaza was the poorest-performing casino in Atlantic City.
Short-term plans call for the site to be paved to provide new parking while a permanent development project is considered.