Plans are in the works for the Columbus Hotel to possibly become Atlantic City's first GLBT resort.
Out and About – Inside the Columbus Hotel
Location – St. James Place and Pacific Avenue, Atlantic City
“These are the times that try men’s souls.”
Thomas Paine became forever part of America’s founding revolution and creation when these few words started a story that made common sense and reached inside hearts and minds across our land. In a world of no social media or TV, where the average person was exposed to less information in a lifetime than we are currently exposed to in a week, a larger percentage of the fledgling U.S. population read or had those words read to them than the percentage of people who yearly watch the Super Bowl.
Once again, the nation, and Atlantic City, is at a crisis crossroads. Congress has a disapproval rating over 80 percent and more than half of us believe our children will not live a better life socially or economically.
Americans are beaten up in a global community that is outperforming us, and we face an election where there are some bold differences in theory, but few in reality. Our politicians are so busy squandering trillions and pointing fingers at each other they are resoundingly useless. And, we have to hear what we should think 24/7 from every direction and media outlet there is.
The new world order is destroying our hard-won lifestyle, values, patience, resiliency and survival. And, it’s ripping America apart because we’re letting it.
Further, we keep supporting things that aren’t working. Therefore, it’s necessary to support things that are new and vibrant and needed.
This columnist and developer is under letter of intent to buy the Columbus Hotel on the corner of St. James and Pacific Avenue in Atlantic City. Additionally, our plan is to develop the first new GLBT resort hotel in Atlantic City with the focus on serving our GLBT community and needs.
Part of the plan calls for the entire renovation to be a reality TV show from creative process to the grand opening, streaming live over the Internet from Atlantic City. Once open, we broadcast live entertainment, showcasing our creative genius and youth.
Watch this clip from inside the Columbus and see what we have in mind.
Currently, the financing is not secured. It is hard to finance an acquisition and then finance the subsequent renovation of a hotel in a town where numbers continue to go down, and millions more pumped into supporting the same thing (gambling) haven’t helped. This is magnified in the troubled national economy.
President Obama has called for economic patriotism. This same man has backed gay marriage. We can turn both of those to our advantage regardless of politics or party.
The GLBT community has the opportunity right now to turn the eyes of the world on us for and take a leadership position in rebuilding the economy and the nation, starting here in Atlantic City.
Here’s the proposal – Encourage any and all who want to be involved in the renaissance of an Atlantic City landmark into a gay boutique hotel to become involved. We create a gay investment syndicate, and start with the acquisition and rebuild of the Columbus as outlined below.
C.O.R.P. (Cooperating Organization of Resources and People)
Gay Corp – a new investment module supported by gays starting with The Columbus Gateway.
We hire unemployed veterans and unemployed locals to build it. As a united entity the GLBT, veterans, and locals point direction to our town and nation on how to rebuild the middle class and grow our economy. As one straight veteran Joe Astick said, “This will show the world we fought for everyone equally. Gay weddings alone will keep it full.”
Once open the St. James Columbus continues to showcase and broadcast gay talents and ideas across America and spawning more understanding, love and acceptance of our own — and inclusion for others.
WE ask unions and colleges to get involved in training towards new livelihoods of construction and production/broadcast technology. Foundations and charities can invest to create their own income stream freeing them from dependence on taxes.
Additionally, this economic investment module can be transported community to community as we lead the charge in conjunction with those local interests into the reinvention of every American community putting our highly developed creative talents to work.
One can track statistically the social and economic improvement that follows a gay investment in a community. Economist Richard Florida has written two books illustrating it: Whose City are You? and The Creative Class.
If fits perfectly into the Clinton Global Initiative and Obama's thrust and fills far more interests than the just announced construction of still more subsidized housing in A.C., as outlined this week.
WE want involvement across the political aisles. This is about fixing the economy, not politics.
WE proactively move all our rights forward visibly and physically, putting our money where our mouth is, and become the platform for further investment.
From the vantage of the hotel we birth the national CORP, a living entity that becomes an investment syndicate to fund gay and veteran owned businesses across the nation.
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“Even now, I get picked on with stupid things. My aunt wants to send me to a camp where they ‘pray the gay away.’ “
And, thank God we joined you as one, and not apart. Think of how dull this world would be without our creative energy. It would be the light bulb hanging on a wire from the ceiling, without the decorative fixture — or the lamp without the lamp shade.
“I’m very much looking forward to visiting Atlantic City,” says de Medici, who will also be in attendance during Saturday night’s post party at the Pro Bar at Resorts.
'Everything we do as a society is based on love. I want to welcome everyone. Our arms are open to all aspects of our culture.'
The openly gay comic takes the reigns of the city's newest tradition, Miss'd America, which takes place at Boardwalk Hall Sunday, Jan. 16.
The show was created in the early 1990s by former Atlantic City Councilman John Schultz and his partner, Gary Hill, and held at their old Studio Six nightclub, once considered the epicenter for gay life in Atlantic City.
“To me, I live in such a gay world. And the way that I communicate and the way I talk about myself and the way that I am is very gay. And everything around me is gay. So I don’t know what it’s like to be in a world where that’s somehow a bad thing.”
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