August 30, 2011
Down by the Tilt-a-Whirl
Just weeks before it was to be sold at a special auction, the company that has run it for the past 20 years has bought Atlantic City's legendary Steel Pier.
Trump Entertainment Group, Inc., owner of the 1,000-foot "Showplace of the Nation," has sold the pier to Steel Pier Associates, LLC. The company, which consists of the three Catanoso brothers- Charles, Anthony and William- as well as longtime partner Ed Olwell, has been leasing the pier and operating an amusement park there since 1993. Offering rides and attractions, food, carnival booths and a helicopter tour, the Catanoso family has kept the spirit of the structure alive from spring to fall for the past two decades.