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The Sands Casino Is No More.

(Credit – http://www.worldcasinodirectory.com/casino/sands-casino-hotel-2855)

Hundreds of people had their last glimpse of the Sands tonight. 

Trucks parked on the beach and turned the area by the ocean in to a gigantic tailgate party.  With drinks in hand, people chanted “Blow it Up!  Blow it up!”  There was a large contingency of students from Rutgers and Rowan, who came down to party at the implosion.

“Ashes to ashes, Sands to dust,” said Dylan Fioriglio.  Another person in our vicinity was surprised at how “hick” this Atlantic City gathering was.  Apparently, it is not just people from the backwoods, who enjoy a good explosion.

The crowds filed out, leaving a large amount of trash and debris on the beach.  Beach-observers chanted, “No more Sands!” as they filed home.

The occasion of the implosion gives us political observers an interesting opportunity to reflect on the lesson of the Sands.  What is the big ordinance that A.C. City Council has passed through this year?  It is the casino smoking ban, of course.  There are many who think that the ban was an exercise of good government.  I strongly disagree.

Joseph Corbo, President of the Casino Association and Head Council at Borgata Casino and Hotel, is a strong critic of the smoking ban. I echo his sentiments. 

Some say that the sharp A.C. Casino profit decline was inevitable.  I say, just look at the Sands, a dust cloud floating around Atlantic City, and remember who had the first smoke free casino. . .

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About Jesse O. Kurtz

I am committed to fulfilling the promise of Atlantic City. The town would benefit from greater political participation by average citizens. Hopefully, some of the posts herein will encourage you to get more involved in your community. This blog will also feature other topics and subjects beyond Atlantic City. I hope that you will come to love Atlantic City as much, or more than I do.


2 thoughts on “The Sands Casino Is No More.

  1. I have to disagree. Any claimed correlation between the smoking ban the what happened to the Sands is pure conjecture and speculation. If you will recall, this facility was plagued with financial difficulties that long pre-dated the smoking ban. In fact, Pinnacle’s decision to purchase the property and demolish the Sands in order to make way for its new mega-project was made before any impact could have been realized in connection with the smoking ban. The place just did not have the capacity or the amenities to atttract the type of high roller crowd that Borgata was able to attract, and which has made Borgata such a smashing success. That’s exactly why all the other proposed properties are likewise grand-scale in scope. The smaller places can’t compete or generate anywhere near the same level of revenue. Smoking isn’t the issue.

    Posted by jeff | October 19, 2007, 9:44 pm
  2. But smoking is the issue in a large part of the decline in gross gaming revenues. Even with 25% of the casino floor still smokable, smokers are treated like lepers. They’d rather go to PA or the NY racinos where they can still smoke. Until all casinos in the east are smoke free, those smokers are lost to AC for good. Thanks to city council who responded not to city residents but to the suburban and outside AC people who made such a big deal of this issue.

    Posted by dave | October 20, 2007, 1:28 pm

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