Friday, March 12, 2010

A Casino in a State Park?

I've been shaking my head since I first heard of this a couple of weeks ago. The News Journal reports that the son of state senator wants to put a casino on state land at the Indian River Inlet:
The plan by Clinton Bunting -- son of state Sen. George Bunting, D-Bethany Beach, who represents the area and is opposed to expanding gambling in the state -- would turn an area on the bay side of Delaware Seashore State Park near the Indian River Inlet Bridge into a casino, hotel, restaurant, retail and conference center.
State representative Greg Lavelle dryly observed, "It would certainly be an unorthodox use of a state park." Unorthodox is a polite way to put it.
Public land should be reserved for public purposes. Those private businesses that do operate in state or national parks generally support the public use of those parks by providing essential services to visitors. Delaware's Seashore State Park drew 1.1 million visitors, who presumably found the vista of dunes and waves refreshing enough without the extra attraction of video lottery machines indoors.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

3 is enough

12:17 AM, March 14, 2010  
Blogger Mimi Stratton said...

This has been tabled for now but only because they can't agree on the site of the new casinos. Some say the state park is a red herring (no sewers) and the more practical venue would be a bit inland in Rehobeth. Either way I think it's a terrible idea and I'm creating a Facebook page and petition against it.

2:30 PM, April 12, 2010  
Blogger Mimi Stratton said...

Please sign the petition against this casino travesty:

http://apps.facebook.com/petitions/view?pid=489296480

Thank you for your support!

3:48 PM, April 12, 2010  

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