Bader Field: Whose Land Is It Any
The CRDA has no legal authority to control the future
of Bader Field.
By Don P. Hurley
The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA),
has announced that they are accepting "Requests For Proposals" for Consultative
Services relating to the future development of Bader Field, located in the
Chelsea Heights section of Atlantic City.
My first questions are obvious: Who
authorized the CRDA to begin accepting Requests for Proposals with regard
to Bader Field? And why and how have they involved themselves at this
It is a well established fact in Atlantic City that
the City Council has been authorized as the "Redevelopment Entity" for Atlantic
City in all matters relating to development issues in Atlantic City. (Remember
when the near entire media in South Jersey supported Craig Callaway with this
concept of City Council as the Redevelopment Authority?)
City Council HAS NOT authorized the CRDA to request
proposals for the development of Bader Field.
So, therefore, how could the CRDA be working with the
City of Atlantic City as they have claimed in their statement to "prospective
bidders" for consultative services?
This truly illustrates the disgrace that has become
the administrative government in Atlantic City, being held up by the Phantom Bob
Levy, who has been pretending to be a Mayor for twenty months
The State of New Jersey, the CRDA and whomever else is
truly working their own plan for Bader Field behind the backs of the real
governing authority, (AC City Council), and the people of Atlantic City have
fully revealed themselves this time.
This obvious plan to keep an incompetent and
unqualified Bob Levy in office to allow things like this to occur, must and I
submit will be stopped by the members of City Council, who will rightfully
seize back the controlling authority over any development that does or does
not occur at Bader Field.
No matter what your position of what should happen at
Bader Field may be, it is beyond dispute that it is the right of the people of
Atlantic City and the proper legal authority of City Council to determine what
course of action is best for themselves and, without interference from
unelected agencies and authorities outside of Atlantic
For purposes of background, the CRDA is attempting to
accept "requests For Proposals" to enter into agreement with a potential firm to
analyze and develop a potential plan for the future of Bader
The CRDA has made it clear that they intend to enter
into an agreement with a responsible bidder whose plan they consider a
response to what THEY feel is most advantageous to the CRDA with regard to the
potential future development of Bader Field.
What is missing from this whole plan: Is what is
advantageous, or in the best interest if the people of Atlantic
This entire situation is an absolute disgrace.
This whole subject takes me back to January 2nd 2006,
when Bob Levy had been in the office of Mayor of Atlantic City for approximately
36 hours when he confessed to the public on TV Channel 40 news that he "had
already made deals with developers and casinos for Bader Field", further calling
Bader Field a "waste of a large amount of space in Atlantic
How could Bob Levy have had time to make any
deals, when he was only in office less than a few hours?
Now, of course, Levy went off of the script written
for him by Craig Callaway, who obviously had his own sinister plans in
mind for Bader Field, when Bob Levy made his true confession to the public
concerning future development in Atlantic City.
And, once Levy was taken to the wood-shed by his Boss
Callaway, Levy never made this remark about "deals", ever again. Truth be
told, Levy was not let out much by Callaway and the syndicate much after this
colossal and foolish admission by Levy.
This entire situation reminds me of when Bill Gormley
and Jim Whelan concocted a scheme in the 1990's to give away to a friendly
supporter, (Casino Mogul Steve Wynn), the "H-Tract" of land located in the
Marina District of Atlantic City.
They convinced enough people that this was "worthless
land" that nobody wanted, and gave it to Wynn for FREE, who promptly
reneged on the deal with the city to develop the site and sold the free,
worthless land himself for 300-400 Million dollars. Wynn went on, of course, to
utilize his "Wynn-Fall" from the people of Atlantic City to build one of
the largest Casino properties ever, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Interestingly enough, and to no surprise, it
is Steve Wynn, who is eyeing Bader Field to supposedly develop in Atlantic
City once again.
The people of Atlantic City must be fully aware, with
their eyes wide open this time, and never permit themselves to be ripped off
again by self-serving career politicians who make dirty deals on the hood of
publicly-owned jeeps, with no sense of public responsibility or duty as
they sign away the citizens property rights.
This affront to the peoples rights in Atlantic City by
un-elected authority, is just about as egregious as any intrusion I have
ever been witness to in public life.
City Council in Atlantic City should, and I believe
will, seize back their proper legal authority, leaving the CRDA, the State of
New Jersey and any other illegitimate authority with an empty bidding process
with no real legitimacy or meaning.
Keep your eye on this ball. This is the last sizable
parcel of land owned by the people of Atlantic City. It's potential must be
maximized this time, in the best interest of the people of Atlantic
Pinnacle Entertainment has already said that they
have hopes of investing between one and two billion dollars on the south side of
Atlantic City in what has been dubbed a "Borgota By The Boardwalk Mega Structure
However they have also said, if Bader Field is zoned
and developed as a casino property, than Pinnacle has said "all proposals are
off" for development in Atlantic City.
The CRDA has no legal authority to control the future
development of Bader Field or any where else in Atlantic City. If they want to
plant some trees, that's fine, but it is not for them to direct the future
course of events for the people of Atlantic City,
Bob Levy is a threat to the future development in
Atlantic City. And, the future just got closer today.
I urge you to beware.
Recall Bob Levy, or force him to resign immediately.
The very future of Atlantic City depends on it.