You Can Bid To Blow Up Trump’s Old Casino In Atlantic City—For Charity
Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small Sr. announced the opportunity for a member of the public to help demolish the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, with proceeds benefiting the Boys & Girls Club.
For the right price, you can blow up a decaying Trump casino in Atlantic City.
“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to bid on the right to push the button to implode Trump Plaza, Atlantic City, NJ,” reads the description by Bodnar's Auction, an independent auction house that the city has hired to collect bids. “This will be done remotely and can be done anywhere in the world as well as close to the Plaza as we can safely get you there!”
Mayor Marty Small Sr. announced the opportunity to help demolish the shuttered Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino on Thursday. The proceeds from the auction will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City, a local nonprofit serving the city's young children and teens.
“Some of Atlantic City’s iconic moments happened there, but on his way out, Donald Trump openly mocked Atlantic City, saying he made a lot of money and then got out,” Mayor Marty Small told The Associated Press (AP). “I wanted to use the demolition of this place to raise money for charity.”
At a news conference Thursday, Mayor Small said, "Personally, I'm a pretty ambitious guy. I want to raise at least a million dollars.”
The Trump Plaza, which is one of three major properties in Atlantic City once owned by the president, announced its closure in 2014 after 30 years of operation and is now owned by billionaire businessman Carl Icahn. Another Trump property on the Jersey boardwalk, the Taj Mahal, closed in 2016, then reopened as a Hard Rock Casino. The third, Trump Marina, was sold to Texas billionaire Tilman Fertitta in 2011 and is now the Golden Nugget.
Since shutting down six years ago, Trump Plaza has fallen into a state of deep disrepair. Earlier this year, witnesses filmed high winds from a Nor'easter tearing off pieces of the building’s facade. Demolition work reportedly began on the building earlier this year after Icahn and city officials reached an agreement to have it torn down.
According to the AP, auctioneers will solicit offers on the website through January 19, then a live auction will determine a winner, who will partake in the demolition on January 29. As of December 18, bids stood at $28,000 on the auction website with 11 bidders.