Issue 53
September 11 - 17, 2001
Volume 1
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Thousands Stranded in Las Vegas After Terrorist Attacks

Trump Plans $1.5 Billion Casino Hotel in Atlantic City

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Thousands Stranded in Las Vegas
After Terrorist Attacks

/Las Vegas Sun/ - LAS VEGAS, NV - After Tuesday's devastating terrorist attacks on the U.S., casino resorts on the Las Vegas Strip remain in operation to serve the tens of thousands that were stranded when McCarran International Airport was ordered closed. However, the 110-story Stratosphere tower, the 50-story Eiffel Tower and The Forum Shops retail mall at Caesars Palace were all closed for security reasons.

"We're talking hundreds of thousands of people stranded here," says Tim Donovan, head of security at the Monte Carlo Hotel Casino and president of the Las Vegas Security Chiefs Association.

"Hoover Dam (the main route into Arizona) is shut down. We have a responsibility to all these people stuck here." Alan Feldman, spokesman for MGM Mirage, says that casino security measures have been on the increase ever since the Gulf War in 1991.

"We find ourselves today operating at a different level of normal security than we were 10 years ago," says Feldman, who says that guards have now been posted at loading docks to search all deliveries and check unattended bags. Contingency plans are in place to deal with potential attacks, but Feldman admits, "In a free and open society, you can only plan so much when it comes to a terrorist attack. All of us, up and down the Strip, all have disaster plans, whether it's a meteor, a fire, an earthquake or a terrorist attack, (but) terrorist attacks can't be prevented."

Trump Plans $1.5 Billion Casino Hotel in Atlantic City

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - /AP/ - Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts Inc. Chairman Donald Trump has a new plan for redeveloping the old Trump World's Fair Casino site with a new hotel and casino keep growing more ambitious.

He now wants to build a 62-story tower with 4,612 hotel rooms and 500,000 square feet of retail and entertainment space. The proposed price tag: $1.5 billion.

That's twice the price of his 1999 plan for a 4,000-room hotel. According to the 1999 timeline, construction on that structure was to have begun by now.

The bigger proposal was one of six plans approved Thursday by the state Casino Reinvestment Development Authority.

The other five projects are scheduled to begin construction this year. Ground would not be broken on the Trump plan until at least 2007. The earliest opening day would be in 2009.

Some industry watchers are skeptical about Trump's ability to realize his dream.

"It seems like an aggressive plan to me, given that they don't control the necessary acreage and don't have access to that much financing," Bank of America analyst Andrew Susser told The Press of Atlantic City for Friday's editions.

The old World's Fair building was demolished this spring. Trump owns that 2.5-acre site, but would need more land to erect the tower, which would be the second-largest hotel in the world, trailing only the 5,034-room MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

It would also be the tallest building in Atlantic City, towering 11 stories over the Trump Taj Mahal.

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