JONES BEACH - Five years after unveiling a plan to open the Trump on the Ocean catering hall at Jones Beach, the site is little more than a hole in the sand, and civic leaders say they are tired of waiting.
As News 12 Long Island has reported, the project is currently tied up in litigation. The state appealed a lower court's decision that would have allowed real estate mogul Donald Trump to build a larger facility with a kitchen basement. No new court date has been set.
Civic leader Pat Friedman says in the meantime, the wooden fence that surrounds the site shouldn't be allowed to mar the main boardwalk for another summer.
An attorney for Trump's catering hall project says the developer also wants to see something done at the site.
In a statement, the Trump Organization added that it's "ready, willing and able" to build as soon as the permit is issued. The statement goes on to say that "it will be the most beautiful building in any state park and most importantly, it will employ over 500 people who desperately want jobs."