Donald Trump to Speak at Jones Beach Rally for Catering Hall Proposal

Real Estate mogul scheduled to attend Aug. 31 event being held in support of Trump On the Ocean project.

The Alliance To Revitalize Jones Beach (ARJB) announced Thursday that a rally for the long-stalled Trump on the Ocean project will be held on Aug. 31 that will be attended by the proposed catering hall’s developer-- famed real estate mogul Donald Trump.

The Aug. 31 rally is scheduled to take place on the Boardwalk in Wantagh starting at 11 a.m. and will feature remarks from Trump, who first conceived his vision to invest more than $30 million for the creation of a 70,000 square-foot restaurant catering facility five years ago. Since then, the project has been hung up in the courts after Trump filed lawsuits for lost revenue following the New York Department of State Review Board rejection of the proposal due to the plan's 26,710-square-foot basement, which they said could not be constructed in a flood plain.

The New York State Parks Department has said they are prepared to move forward with the catering hall if Trump would agree to a compromise plan they approved in 2008 that would be roughly the same size but with a more limited use of the basement.

The ARJB, which is organizing the Aug. 31 rally, by Plainview resident, Rafe Lieber, who worked as a legislative aide to former State Sen. Craig Johnston. Lieber said the Trump On The Ocean project is projected to create 300 new jobs over a two-year span and stimulate the economy by $60 million.

“I am honored by the support shown by this Alliance,” said Trump in a statement. “This process has been extremely frustrating. If I am successful in having the state adhere to my few truly simple requests, I will build a magnificent structure on Jones Beach that will make all residents proud.”

“Who knows better than Donald Trump when it comes to seeking out worthwhile opportunities, while doing his part to help stimulate the economy,” said Lieber. “He will be an honored guest and a welcome addition to our rally. His presence will cause the event to be a huge success.”


Robert Demarco August 18, 2011 at 07:47 PM
As much as I do not like giving any control of our Jones Beach facility to Mr. Trump, this is a project that can create both construction jobs and permanent jobs in the catering hall. This project could be beneficial to the area.
Joseph Conte August 18, 2011 at 09:21 PM
public private partnerships like this should be the model for revitalizing our public spaces
m.e.orchard August 19, 2011 at 12:15 AM
there was a reason why robert moses built the overhead passes so low - so that jones beach wouldn't become commercial. it was meant for families - to grab a frank or ice and run back to the blanket without burning your toes!!! this is NOT something that was envisioned by moses. if trump wants to build a MEGA restaurant for those who can afford to eat there, then go over by the ampitheatre which would make it more convenient for those attendees. people on the beach aren't going to dress up to eat! and what about at night - when you can't be there after dusk???? do they get a special permit now to allow people on the boardwalk and beach after dark?????? good for some, but not for the masses.... THIS IS A HORRIBLE IDEA!!!!!
Joseph Conte August 19, 2011 at 01:12 PM
If Robert Moses is our guide, then what's the problem? After-all he built the same type of facility in the same exact location, next argument please.
Hollingsworth August 20, 2011 at 09:39 AM
Trump may be having a $60 million business, but not one penney of that is going to the Wantagh School District or Wantagh Fire Department. Is that fair to the mom and pop competitors? Do you want to go to Trump Beach with big gaudy advertisements along our highway? If you go upstate, you can already see Donald J. Trump Park. Let Trump build there - but restrict it and scale it down. It should not overpower the area. Jones Beach is a state park, designed for the general public. But when has Trump done anything on a modest scale? I say, let's go to this rally and protest it. Let's protect our communities and our beaches.
TCK August 20, 2011 at 01:13 PM
The boardwalk looks horrible with the boarded up area. Something need to be done. He waited until people are disgusted with the way the boardwalk looks to get the community on his side. If Trump wants to build something, he needs to pay taxes like everyone else in the Wantagh Community. I don't see anyone else stepping up to take over the task. It would bring jobs to the area which we need but I don't think Trump is the answer.
JG August 21, 2011 at 12:59 PM
When Trump drops his suit, donates to offset the local tax levy -annually, for the duration of the facility's existence (as he will declare bankruptcy on the place eventually, he tends to do that) - and he PROMISES NEVER TO RUN FOR OFFICE AGAIN, - He will have my support. Perhaps when he fails, the Scotto family will take over. They have a history with successful, affordable tasteful catering halls and restaurants, and a long relationship with Long Island.


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