The three-year Steel Pier renovation plan consists of $102 million worth of upgrades. The pier is 114 years old and extends 1,000 feet into the ocean opposite the Boardwalk from the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort.
By summer of this year, six new rides and eight new games as well as a beer garden will be opening on the boardwalk, which will have better lighting and other aesthetic updates. The diving horse act will also be back in action, along with other performances inside an amphitheater that is being built.
“The mayor and [City] Council have always been supportive, but we have never seen a climate like this, with [all levels of] government,” said one of the pier’s owners, Tony Catanoso. “Instead of saying, ‘No, we can’t,’ they’ve expanded their vocabulary by one word: ‘Yes.’ We’ve never had that kind of attitude in Atlantic City in 20 years in business, and it’s totally driven from the top.”
The Master Plan has three phases, with the long-term phase setting out suggestions that will be put into place in five years or more from now.