Trump’s Casino Demolished In Atlantic City

The former Trump Plaza hotel and casino is imploded on February 17, 2021 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. After 30 years of operation, the Trump Plaza was imploded after closing its doors in 2014. Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images/AFP


The former jewel in the crown of Donald Trump’s bankrupted Atlantic City casino empire was demolished Wednesday with 3,000 sticks of dynamite.

The detonator button was pressed shortly after 9:00 am (1400 GMT), reducing the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino to a pile of rubble in just a few seconds.

Closed since 2014, the casino was Trump’s first property in the US coastal gambling town in which he came to own several properties.

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It opened in 1984 and has undergone little to no maintenance since shuttering.

On several occasions during storms, pieces of its exterior have fallen onto the seaside promenade that runs alongside the building.

Police officers secure the area near the former Trump Plaza hotel and casino before been imploded on February 17, 2021 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images/AFP


Since 2016, the two-building complex has belonged to billionaire investor Carl Icahn, who was one of Trump’s main Atlantic City financiers.

In mid-June, Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small announced the building’s demolition, after taking legal action over what he considered to be a danger to residents.

Icahn has not said what he will do with the land once the building is destroyed.

Trump had already filed a lawsuit in 2014 asking that his name be removed from the building’s facade, believing its presence there was bad for the Trump name and brand.

The former real estate developer has owned up to four casinos in the northeast gambling capital: apart from Trump Plaza there was also Trump World’s Fair which closed in 1999, Trump Marina which was sold by creditors in 2011, and the Trump Taj Mahal which closed in 2016.

The subsidiary that ran the former president’s Atlantic City properties, Trump Entertainment Resorts, filed for bankruptcy three times, in 2004, 2009 and 2014, weighed down by debt each time.


Building The Great Wall Of Lagos

This episode of Earthfile focuses on the environmental consequences of the construction and land reclamation of the planned financial hub, Eko Atlantic City in the Atlantic coast of Lagos state.

The coastal city which will be resident for over 100,000 to date has 3million cubic meters of the land that has been sand filled in the reclamation with about 35,ooo tonnes of rock delivered to the site.

The state government has built what is called ‘The Great Wall of Lagos’; the sea defence system to prevent rising ocean surge on the proposed Atlantic city.

The Great Wall which will be over 7km long is also to shield the Eko Atlantic City from the erosion of the Lagos coastline.

An Assistant Director with the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA), Olusegun Toluhi, warns of the potential disaster inherent with the project which he claims is largely driven by investors who are only seeking profit.

He claims the permanent solution to the impending problem is “to do it the way God will dot it.”

But the Commissioner for Water Front Infrastructure in Lagos; Olusegun Oniru, claims that what the Atlantic City is to protect Victoria Island and other parts of Lagos Island.

Mr Oniru however warns that the permanent solution to the environmental threats is the reduction of global warming. While that is hoped, the state government promises to continue taming the ocean currents.