Tilman Fertitta's Yacht Will Save Atlantic City

Tilman Fertitta is coming to the aid of New Jersey people who own yachts and like casinos.

Someone had to, it appears.

Landry's, Fertitta's chain-seafood/casino company, has purchased the Trump Marina Hotel Casino in that jewel by the sea known as Atlantic City.

With it comes operation rights over the state-owned Farley State Marina, which adjoins the casino. Trump apparently didn't believe too much in maintenance of the facility, and New Jersey officials apparently didn't believe too much in pressing him on it.

Enter Tilman, who's planning a $100 million facelift for the casino, and is not about to let those yacht owners continue to be abused.

"Being a yacht owner myself, I will make sure that it will operate on a very high level," he told Press of Atlantic City. "Come October, my boat will be parked there for a month or two."

Fertitta doesn't seem too impressed with what Trump did with the casino, either. He told state casino officials, "It is not going to have that hospital look anymore. It will look like a totally different building. You will not recognize this property come December."

No word on whether it will have white tigers or ridiculously overpriced trains or Ferris wheels. But it will have yachts!

Says the Press:

Landry's is planning to use its operation of the 424-slip Kemah Boardwalk Marina in Galveston Bay, near Houston, as a guide for the Farley marina's management. Kemah Boardwalk is a 60-acre entertainment complex that includes a marina, hotel, restaurants and amusement rides.

"We're not going to have a low-quality operation," Amy Chasey, vice president of marketing for Golden Nugget Las Vegas, said of the Farley marina. "Definitely, we won't have a shoddy operation. We're going to operate it better than Trump."

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