June 14, 2012

Celebrating The War at the Shore

Last Monday evening, I went to a book party at the ballroom at the Loews Regency Hotel in Manhattan to celebrate the publication of Richard “Skip” Bronson’s new book, The War at the Shore. Skip and I have been friends for many years and I was very pleased to receive this invitation because the major players in this war were also invited to the party.  This book is the story of when Skip was sent to Atlantic City, New Jersey in the late 1990s by gaming magnate Steve Wynn, to turn an undeveloped landfill into a flashy world-class casino and resort.  The problem was that, at that time, Atlantic City was ruled by Donald Trump, who didn’t take kindly to these advances.  A full-scale battle ensued, involving media and local politicians.  Fortunately, the tempers of these parties have cooled and Skip, Wynn, and Trump have become friends.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have a camera that night and I took these photos with my Blackberry, which doesn’t have a flash.  I apologize for the graininess.