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June 9, 1974

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 5

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5A --June 9.1974 Sunday Gazette-Mail' ' ~ Charteifai, YYeit Virginia CASINOS %8ftftfftt£y*#:*^^ ' By Chris Conneil A T L A N T I C C I T Y , N . J . (AP) -- Once this was a posh resort where the wealthy summered in grand hotels, overlooking the ocean and B o a r d w a l k , w h e r e they strolled on Saturday nights in tuxedos and gowns. The times and leisure habits changed, and the rich left Atlantic City behind to jet to new resorts. The luxurious beach remained, but old hotels fell into disrepair, shops and nightclubs gave up the ghost and even the trains stopped running. Town boosters have long felt they could regain the former glory of "The Queen of Resorts" by hitching their fortunes to a roulette wheel. For years they faced a stone wall of opposition from legislators and editorial writers around New Jersey who frowned at the idea of putting casinos in a city known for corrupt politicians and gyp-joints. But Lady Luck appears to be smiling on Atlantic City again. * * * THE ODDS now favor legalization of casino gambling before the years is out. Gov. Brendan T. Byrne has indicated he wants' to give Atlantic City a monopoly on the state- owned casinos for a five-year trial period. Gambling fever has suffused the hard-pressed town and its citizens. "We have better hope than ever now," asserted N o r m a n C o h e n , a 50-year-old lingerie store owner who doesn't gamble but fervently believes that with casinos. "Atlantic City will again be the p l a y g r o u n d of the world. "There's nothing like the gamble," claimed Cohen. "It seems before it was a dirty word to have gambling here. Now everyone is excited and everyone is in favor of gambling in New Jersey." Not everyone, but 60 per cent of the state's legislators approved a measure to put a casino gambling referendum on the ballot this November. If New Jerseyans follow past form, .it's practically a sure thing. The state's voters have ·never rejected any new form of gambling, whether it was parimutuel racing 1939, bingo 1953. or a state lottery 1969. But even if the referendum passes, gamblers probably will have to wait until 1976 for the gaming tables to open. Legislative leaders anticipate that a gambling commission will be created to oversee casino operations. It will be up to the l e g i s l a t u r e to decide where the casinos go, but no casino could be placed in an area unless local residents approved in county and municipal referenda. Several other New Jersey resorts and a few major cities ' have expressed an interest in casinos, but Byrne has warned the legislature he would veto bills to put them anywhere until they are tried out in Atlantic City. Byrne, a first-term Democrat whose Republican predecessor, William T. Cahill, was an a r d e n t foe of casinos, wants the five-year experiment so the state can learn how to avoid "all of the evil influences that may hover around casino gambling." He also said flatly he doesn't want to see New Jersey become another Nevada. "There won't be any one- armed b a n d i t s s c a t t e r e d throughout the town," says Atlantic City Mayor Joseph F. Bradway Jr. "I envison casinos operated Puerto Rican- style,'with dress restrictions and the hours limited from 8 p.m. until 3 a.m. Bradway is a 31-year-old banker whose family owns Atlantic City's second largest bznk and a large share of its real estate. He became mayor of the town of 47,000 in 1972. * * * BRADWAY and other leaders feel private ownership would be the most profitable way to run casinos, but they are reconciled to state ownership to assuage any fears that organized crime might infiltrate the casinos. "Politically and realistically, it's the only way to get statewide approval," commented State Sen. Joesph McGahn, another Atlantic City Democrat. McGahn, Bradway and Assemblyman Steve P. Perskie were elected as reformers within the last .three years. The two mayors who preceded Bradway were sentenced to jail last year after they and five other city officials were convicted of or pleaded guilty to federal kickback charges. "We've had five years of intense activity rooting out corruption in New Jersey, Atlantic County and Atlantic City," said Perskie, a Yale-trained lawyer. "We've created a climate where it would provide more jobs. It would extend the season s i g n i f i c a n t l y , " claimed the m a y o r l ' wou'r! Will Gambling Bring People and Elegance Back to 'The Queen of Resorts' Boardwalk? Would N.J. 'Dream' Fit in Putnam Area? Last week Huntington publisher N. S. Hayden proposed creation of a casino gambling resort in Putnam County, saying "no other resource exists which could return so much for so little on the part of this state." 'Taxes and lease fees could run into the hundreds of millions of dollars annually. . .for the welfare of the people of West Virginia," Hayden wrote. At the present, casino gambling is legal only in Nevada, although it is under consideration in Atlantic City. N.J. Gambling fever has swept that once-wealthy resort. Res-. iderits hope legal, state-owned casinos will revitalize the economy, bring new investment and provide "collateral, benefits" in money gamblers spend outside the gaming: palaces. ; * · « ! « · j , \ A V \ N , f ! ; ! H U \ \ \ -'"" V - ^ * M X Kissinger, Genscher Meeting Due WASHINGTON-!.*)- Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger will meet Tuesday with German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher to "discuss subjects of common interest." the State Department announced Saturday. The session, in an undisclosed resort near the Austrian border, makes up for a canceled meeting Kissinger and Genscher were to have had last month following negotiations on an Israeli-Syrian disengagement. Kissinger is leaving Monday with President Nixon for the Middle East. They will stop in Salzburg. Austria. What gives children great pleasure that they can enjoy when they are 70? PIANO! Afmoi! any child can marter a piano. An economical way lor you Joteifour (rtitetncnion ycur child is to RENT A PIANO Your cest "t 6-MofiThi Rental ot $li monthiy plui . cortege, and every dollov will apply if you decide · ·c b.iy. Why waif? lessoni available loo at GORBY'S MUSIC DAILY 9-5 THURSDAYS 9-9 7147thAVE. SOUTH CHARLESTON. PHOXE 744-9453 THE FAMOUS BOARDWALK OF ATLANTIC CITY, N. J., HAS LITTLE TRAFFIC TODAY City Fathers Look Toward Gambling as Life Breath for Dead Paradise give us a significant edge in attracting conventions, which again bolsters our economy. It would mean more hotel rooms and increased occupancy. It w o u l d increase ratables. There would be condominiums and high-rises built." Albert A. Marks Jr., an influential stockbroker who presides over Atlantic City's main claim to fame, the Miss America Pageant, said, "at- lantic City's been on dead center for a long time. It needs a push, an infusion of capital, which has been lacking here for a long time. Somebody's got to light the fuse, and I think the fuse is casino gambling." Other local leaders are less restrained in their enthusiasm for casinos. "Everybody says it's not the panacea, the cure-all. Baloney. Where else are we going to go?" asked Commissioner Mario Floriani, a career policeman who is the city's public safety director. "Right now that's our only salvation and I don't care what anyone says. It's a natural." "It's not a panacea," said Maxwell "Sonny" Goldberg, co-owner of the resort's Howard Johnson's Motor Lodge, which is the largest in the chain. "It may take five or 10 years to get a complete turnaround." Skeptics about gambling are hard to find in Atlantic City. Pierre Hollingsworth, president of the local NAACP, believes gambling would give the town "a boost," but he also feels it is "an exercise in futility" for city officials to dream of wealthy visitors buying condominiums in the city. "There will be no mass influx of the affluent into Atlantic City," said Hollingsworth. "I think we should learn to deal with what we got and open up the land to the people who live in the city." * * * AT THE TURN of the century, Atlantic City was a retreat for the rich, who arrived with their trunks and stayed for the summer. Good times contin- used through the '20s and '60s when the town was "wide open," sporting numerous illegal casinos and a red light district. There was a brief resurgence a f t e r W o r l d W a r I I , Marks recalled, "and then the leisure habits of American changed." By 1967 the city had torn down 80 acres facing the boardwalk for urban renewal, and so far, no developer has been found to rebuild them. The city remained a majr,r convention facility of its type east of Chicago. But a half- dozen old hotels, including The Breakers, have been demolished. T h e c i t y h a s been h a r d pressed to make ends meet. Recently the city commissioners enacted a 22 per cent property tax hike. The resort is New J e r s e y ' s only town charging luxury tax on room rentals, liquor, tobacco and entertainment. Casinos would boost these revenues, although Atlantic City would get no direct cut of the gambling receipts. Instead, the city would reap what Finance Commissioner Horace G. Bryant Jr. refers to as "the collateral benefits" -all the money gamblers spent in town outside the casinos. State and federal law enforcement officials worry about other "collateral" effects of gambling. The superintendent of state police. Col. David B. Kelly, warned a legislative committee recently that gambling attracts fast- buck artists, pimps, prostitutes and two-bit hoodlums. Jonathan Goldstein, U.S. attorney for New Jersey who . prosecuted the seven Atlantic City officials last year, is worried that casinos in the resort would attract people "who can least afford to lose." The prosecutor thinks there are other ways for Atlantic City to revive its economy "due to its natural beauty, the fresh air and its beaches, without resorting to gambling." If it rebuilt its hotels and constructed tennis and other sports facilities, it could even attract tourists in winter. Goldstein said. Bradway feels Atlantic City "bottomed out some time ago." But there has been s c a n t e v i d e n c e yet of increased investor interest in the town. "I can name you 20 pieces of prime real estate that can be stolen at this moment," said Marks, the stockbroker, who predicts, "When things break, they are going to break all of a. sudden." Perskie added that strict controls would be applied to keep mobsters and fast-buck artists out of the casino business if it is approved. "We only have one shot at this," he "said. "And if we blow it the first time, there'll never be another chance." Volunteers Needed By Welfare Group The State Department of Welfare is recruiting volunteers to help in a new program aimed at providing recreational activities for people in personal care homes. Suzette Dial, volunteer coordinator, is in charge. russ great put-togethers in black and/or white by RUSS TOGS ... Sunday Gazette-Mail Entered as second class mailer at the Post Office at Cnarlosion, W. Va.. under the aci ot March 3, 1897. Independent newspaper published each Sunday morning by the Daily Gazette Company and Daily Mail Publishing Co , a subsidiary of Clay Communi- c a t i o n s , Inc , in Charleston, w. va. 25330 Sunday Gazette-Mail is a member ot The Associated Press. 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