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City Council Set To Facilitate the Theft of Atlantic City Businesses

   We received the following message from our friends with the Stop Eminent Domain Abuse Coalition of New Jersey.  New development is great for Atlantic City.  Pinnacle’s promised casino development will bring new life to the Boardwalk, boast our economy, and provide many jobs.  But at what cost will Atlantic City enjoy this prosperity?

   City Council is prepared to authorize eminent domain on behalf of Pinnacle Entertainment at 3 September’s Council meeting.  Eminent domain was developed to ensure that roads, schools, and other public projects can be completed.  Eminent domain, like so many political institutions in New Jersey, has become corrupted.  Governing bodies, such as Atlantic City’s Council, use eminent domain to take property from one private person and give it to another private person.  Eminent domain for private gain is theft and goes against the fundamental nature of government. 

   Let City Council and Mayor Scott Evans know that that you object to the so-called “legal” involuntary transfer of property from one private person to another.

Mayor Scott Evans, 609.347.5400, sevans@cityofatlanticcity.org

Councilmen At-Large:

   George Tibbitt, 609.347.5241, gtibbitt@cityofatlanticcity.org
   John Schultz, 609.347.5243, jschultz@cityofatlanticcity.org
   Eugene Robinson, 609.347.6491, erobinson@cityofatlanticcity.org

Ward Councilmen:

6th – Tim Mancuso, 609.347.5238, tmancuso@cityofatlanticcity.org
5th – Dennis Mason, 609.347.5233, dmason@cityofatlanticcity.org
4th – William Marsh, 609.347.5242, wmarsh@cityofatlanticcity.org
3rd – Steven Moore, 609.347.5230, smoore@cityofatlanticcity.org
2nd – Marty Small, 609.347.5231, msmall@cityofatlanticcity.org
1st – G. Bruce Ward, 609.347.5232, bward@cityofatlanticcity.org 

         Atlantic City Property Owners Need Your Help!

On Wednesday, September 3, the City Council of Atlantic City will decide whether to designate businesses and homes in a 24-acre area around the former Sands Casino as “in need of redevelopment,” in order to seize the properties and transfer them to Pinnacle Entertainment for a new casino.?

Quang Ha owns a jewelry store right next to the developer’s lot. In the 1980s, his small factory in Hanoi was seized and he was imprisoned because the communists didn’t like that he was making money.  Quang fled Vietnam, and after a treacherous journey, finally made it to the United States.  After years of hard work and learning the trade, he opened his own business – one that the government couldn’t seize.  Or so he thought.

If the city votes to designate his property as “in need of redevelopment,” it may be seized so that a rich developer can build a casino and make money on Quang’s land.  We can’t let the city destroy Quang’s American Dream!

Before the City Council meeting on Wednesday, we are holding a rally to show our support for Quang and the other threatened property owners in the area, and to send a message to those in power that we will not tolerate eminent domain for private gain.  Here are the details:

RALLY to Stop Eminent Domain for Private Casino’s Gain
September 3, 2008 @ 4pm
1301 Bacharach Boulevard
Atlantic City, NJ
City Council meeting to follow at 5pm.

We would love for you to join us!  But if you can’t, we need help getting the word out.  If your Labor Day travels take you to Atlantic City or if you live nearby, would you be willing to pass out flyersabout the rally over the weekend?  We can have them shipped to you, or e-mail you a PDF that you can print and copy yourself.  Please let us know as soon as possible.

Let’s help save Quang’s American Dream and those of his neighbors and property owners across the Garden State.


Christina Walsh
Director of Community Organization
Institute for Justice
901 N. Glebe Road, Suite 900
Arlington, VA 22203
(703) 682-9320


Spread the word!



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.


4 thoughts on “City Council Set To Facilitate the Theft of Atlantic City Businesses

  1. Jesse Kurtz: Publishing my son’s personal email and personal cell phone that his family uses to keep in contact is going to far. How would you like your personal email, your wife’s your family’s, your doctor’s, your school’s your car all your personal business on the web. If you think it can’t happen your mistaken. If you think its going to far it is, but you started it.

    Posted by Skip Evans | August 30, 2008, 9:48 am
  2. Mr. Skip Evans and Mayor Scott Evans:

    I changed the contact information as requested. The e-mail address I had was a “media contact” e-mail address from prior to Mayor Evans taking office. It was my understanding that the number I published is a cell phone paid for by the taxpayers of Atlantic City.

    Posted by Jesse O. Kurtz | August 30, 2008, 11:44 am
  3. I don’t necessarily think eminent domain in this case is a bad thing. When one property owner, who has been offered much more than his property is worth (sometimes by a factor of 10)is permitted to hold up a project that will create millions in tax revenue,thousands of jobs and an attraction that will bring millions of new visitors to AC cannot be allowed to happen. If we could bring this tool to the “dead zone” and the Texas Ave. area, we might have a great city in a few years rather than decrepit areas where visitors do not feel safe.

    Posted by dave202 | August 31, 2008, 1:38 pm
  4. Sounds like Skip Callaway has access to “your personal email, your wife’s your family’s, your doctor’s, your school’s your car all your personal business on the web.”

    Whatever that means. I think its nice that you changed the contact info per Mr. Callaway’s request.

    Oh, by the way, keep up the flurry of posts. some good stuff.

    Posted by saywhat | September 1, 2008, 3:55 pm

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