Is A New Casino Coming To New Orleans?
Casino developers Peninsula Entertainment want to build a giant $250 million casino in New Orleans. They recently met with residents in the area to lobby their support for the new project. They have already anticipated that some locals will not be too thrilled about a casino coming to their neighborhood. While millions of Australians travel to the US every year it seems it will be a long time before Aussies can gamble in New Orleans. If you can’t wait to travel to gamble you play online now at Woo Casino.
To start building their casino, Peninsula Entertainment plans on shifting its current gambling license from Bossier City to New Orleans. However, for this to happen, they would need to pass a ballot referendum that would see gambling legalized in the area.
Peninsula Entertainment faces an uphill battle getting its ballot across the line as many residents are not happy about the new proposed casino. That hasn’t stopped the developers from establishing websites, Facebook groups and holding two community events right next to the proposed development site.
Residents who attended the event were provided with free snacks and were able to voice their opinions on what the casino should include. Peninsula Entertainment said it wants to ensure this a community-driven project that is a net benefit to all local stakeholders.
A Large Number Of Local Residents Opposed To Casino
Voters from the New Orleans suburb where the casino is planned to be built already have rejected a bill proposing gambling in 1996, with 62% of residents voting no said no to the question. However, Peninsula Entertainment is hoping that attitudes towards betting have liberalized in recent years.
They appear to be correct as last year residents voted on allowing sports betting in their community, and that bill was successfully passed with 67% of residents in favor of the move.
There is still a loud sizeable minority who believe the casino will lead to an increase in crime, particularly drug, prostitution and theft offenses. Many believe the casino will limit parking spaces and cause traffic hams. Residents are also concerned about the negative impact on house prices.
The Local Government Are Strong Supporters Of The Casino
Two months ago, the local council passed a resolution to progress the building of the $200 million-plus gambling resort. The local government’s actions have paved the way for the Governor to sign into law if first passed by the voters the legislation that would allow the construction of the casino.
Peninsula Entertainment is an experienced casino operator and currently runs resorts in upstate New York and Sioux City in Iowa. They believe that New Orleans could be a booming market for their new resort and are excited to work with the local community on bringing a world-class entertainment facility to the area