|The huge rambling gambling oasis known as the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort may have seemed to be a little too small inside. At any rate, code inspectors checking for safety violations just before last Christmas noticed that eight outdoor balconies did not come up to code. |
This led to the discovery of 43 rooms that were not officially known to have been there. They were off the books for years, according to an Associated Press report on December 24, 2001. Documents filed with the city, the Casino Control Commission and the state Department of Community Affairs indicate that the Taj Mahal has 1,250 hotel rooms. The inspectors' inspection on site brings that number to 1,293.
'The building operates at a loss,' Trump executive Rick Santoro told the local press. 'Although they're rooms with beds, we don't sell those rooms.' Trump Taj Mahal officials said they made no profit from the 43 rooms, for they used them to house visiting performers' crews and casino employees who have fallen on hard times.
Gary Alston, Atlantic City's code enforcement chief, cited that the city only recently took over safety inspections of the casino hotels from the Department of Community Affairs. The code inspectors have started paperwork to put all 43 rooms back on the books they keep and will be consistently checking then for safety violations from now on.
Arnold Orsatti, Jr., Atlantic City's mercantile director, promised that the city 'will collect' fees if even one guest paid for a room.