Vegas-Based Companies Eye Damage to Atlantic City Casinos

By: FOX 5 Email
By: FOX 5 Email

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) - Casinos and resorts in Atlantic City, NJ continued to be closed Tuesday as workers clean up the damage from Hurricane Sandy. Several resorts in the city are owned by Las Vegas-based companies.

"Water damage, broken windows, some roof damage," explained Jan Jones, executive vice president of Caesars Entertainment Communications & Government Relations.

Caesars is already looking at damage across the country in Atlantic City. The company owns four casino properties that sit on the coastline.

"The good news is much of the damage was way more limited than we expected," Jones said, who added that she had to cancel a trip to the east coast because of the storm.

Jones said the major issue right now is electricity. All 12 resorts in Atlantic City have some sort of emergency power system - but the surrounding area does not.

"I've never seen anything like this in my life," said New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who toured damaged areas Tuesday.

It was Sunday afternoon when Christie ordered casinos to close at 4 p.m. as Sandy approached. The same order was given last year for Hurricane Irene.

It has been estimated the casinos stand to lose upwards of $5 million for every day they are not open.

Tony Rodio, CEO of the Tropicana in Atlantic City told FOX5 by phone that one day more or less is not going to make a major difference.

"We anticipate being able to open up no later than Friday, and hopefully we'll be able to offer customers and some of the residents and citizens of New Jersey an opportunity to relax and get away from the havoc and trouble that's been caused by this storm," he said.

In the meantime, the focus is on the workers and residents who can't get in or out of the coastal gambling city.

"Knowing that many of our employees are without power, have damage to their homes, or don't know when they can come back to work - that's our concern right now," Jones said.

Jones made a rough estimate on the cost of the damage, which as of now is about $100,000 across all four of the company's properties.

Tom Pohlman, general manager of the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City, said the resort had no damage - just minimal leaks that have already been taken care of.


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