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Old 01-25-2019, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Madison, Alabama
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What's really criminal is seeing that awesome new airport sitting vacant over there at Tunica. That facility should be in southern Desoto County. Absolutely insane that they wanted to bring in air carriers when MEM is just right up the road. A good general aviation facility is warranted in that general, just not in Tunica, a lot of demand in southern Desoto and northern Tate Counties.
Not being terribly familiar with the situation, I agree. Unless I'm mistaken the Memphis airport is almost in Mississippi anyway. Is there another executive airport in the Memphis area that would make such a thing infeasible? Would be nice I suppose to be able to fly into Tunica, but I'm guessing very few do that.
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Old 01-25-2019, 07:47 PM
 
Location: Jack-town, Sip by way of TN, AL and FL
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Not being terribly familiar with the situation, I agree. Unless I'm mistaken the Memphis airport is almost in Mississippi anyway. Is there another executive airport in the Memphis area that would make such a thing infeasible? Would be nice I suppose to be able to fly into Tunica, but I'm guessing very few do that.
Olive Branch is on the other side of the County and is one of the busiest GA airports in the state. There is no public facilities where I described. A lot of private strips fill that void but none are jet capable.
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Old 01-25-2019, 11:16 PM
 
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With regard to the Choctaw casinos in Philadelphia: are there not still two of them - Silver Star & the Golden Moon - or did one of them close? I remember them struggling to keep the Golden Moon open during the recession but a quick search on the internet suggests that both are still operating.
Both are currently open. The Golden Moon has sports betting and lower level games like slots. When the casino first opened it was run by a gambling company (and run very well), now the Choctaws run it, for much the worse...
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Old 01-26-2019, 02:01 PM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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I remember the big changes that took place in Tunica County after gambling was legalized. They DID put money into upgrading the schools (although the quality of education remains mediocre) and the public library. In fact, they built a new elementary school close to Robinsonville, although it probably has few students. They upgraded roads, which probably need fixing again after being traversed for years by tractors, combines, and cotton pickers. They also built housing developments in the countryside to house casino workers. And some plum jobs that paid good money for little work were almost certainly created for the politically-connected. But the hoped-for influx of new residents with lots of disposable income didn’t happen, and the businesses and other facilities (such as the airport) built to cater to them closed long ago or are barely hanging on. In retrospect, it might have been better to build new low-income housing, and to establish a scholarship fund that would have allowed a lot of young people to be the first in their families to attend college. At least the Blue and White Restaurant is still open. In the end, the people who owned the land on which the casinos were built benefited the most financially.


http://blueandwhiterestaurant.com

P.S. The first casinos were located at Mhoon Landing, about two miles south of where they are now. A park is now in that location. After about two years, the casinos moved to where they are now.

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Old 01-26-2019, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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No doubt that Casinos overbuilt just about everywhere. Casinos have done well on the coast, but that's the state's only real tourist area.

Two things about the article:

1. In explaining why tax revenues from the heyday of the casinos weren't used to improve the life of the poorer citizens they tried to play up the race issue but stating that until recently most local elected officials were white, which I doubt is accurate (elected sheriffs in Tunica County have been black since 1990 - casino gambling was legalized the same year).

2. Several locals whose income has been impacted by the decline of casinos where interviewed (along with complaints of their income decreasing). Hello, you live 30 miles from Memphis, go find a decent job in a large metropolitan area!

https://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na...dhgRrMixGdQsLk
Memphis isn’t doing so well either. Quite a number of people went bankrupt over the years thanks to the casinos.
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