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. . .