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Old 06-18-2011, 07:28 PM
 
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We'll New Orleans just built a Harrahs not to long ago. New Orleans is said to almost be like Savannah along with Charleston and Wilmington but a hotel like that doesn't seem to fit in Savannah Like I feell it would in the rest of the cities I just listed.
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Old 06-18-2011, 08:15 PM
 
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we'll new orleans just built a harrahs not to long ago. New orleans is said to almost be like savannah along with charleston and wilmington but a hotel like that doesn't seem to fit in savannah like i feell it would in the rest of the cities i just listed.

wtf?
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Old 06-19-2011, 06:52 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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Harrah's has been in New Orleans for quite a few years now. I wouldn't exactly call it a detriment to the city; it replaced a very dilapidated section of the city and finally put a lid on the crime problem in that particular neighborhood. It in no way encroaches on any historic structure or neighborhood, and has been a revenue generator for a city that needs as many as it can get.
I can see a problem with plopping a casino down in the middle of the Historic District, but we all know that's not going to happen, anyway. Done right, and located right, it could be a plus for the city.
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Old 06-19-2011, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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It would not "destroy" Savannah, although I'm not sure if they should put it in the historic part of the city. Seems like it might be a better fit on Hutchinson Island next to The Westin.

I don't understand why so many people in this state have a fear of casinos, especially nice ones like a Harrah's. It would mean more jobs and more economic prosperity for Savannah and the state - there is no casino until you get to South Florida so it would be a huge draw for the city/state.
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Old 06-19-2011, 09:41 AM
 
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Oh he means bring a casino to Savannah.. It's a tough row to hoe as a state constitutional amendment is needed... We are finally getting Sunday alcohol sales after a long hard fight. How would a casino vote play out? I am all for it as there are very few detriments to casinos.

If it does come then these would be the big projects going forward.

1.) Deepen the harbor within two years to drive the ports expansion. Major good paying jobs.
2.) Mega cruise terminal with cruises originating and departing here in Savannah. This will drive tourism as people love cruises but hate driving to South Florida or central Florida to board the boat. It's a 8 hour drive from Atlanta to there. It's 4 to here. Also for mid westerners it's a one day drive to here vs. a one and a half there. One more thing with HH being so close many people will do one week there and another on a cruise. My aunt and uncle would in a heartbeat as they already asked about this.
3.) Several Mega casinos within walking distance to downtown. This would provide enough tax revenue to offset all the funding needed for the other projects. Also casinos provide decent paying retail like jobs with benefits. Several thousand could be added.
4.) A mega downtown retail establishment on the river by the cruise terminal with high end retail, Having lived in Cincinnati here is an example.

Newport on the Levee

5.) Property tax abatement in the city for redeveloping housing provided by the casino money.
6.) A real 4 lane divided highway to Hilton Head Island so we can connect the two major population areas and bring the tourists to the casinos and the retail area.

Here are Indiana's tax revenue totals...Which I think would be close to what we could get.


http://www.ibrc.indiana.edu/ibr/2009.../article1.html
http://www.americangaming.org/Industry/state/statistics.cfm?stateid=3 (broken link)

Gaming tax revenue... $874 million.
Wages for employees... $494 million

A 1.3 billion dollar boost to the economy.

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Old 06-19-2011, 09:50 AM
 
Location: Sunny South Florida
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Didn't the river-cruise casinos thing die from lack of interest a few years back?
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Old 06-19-2011, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Atlanta the Beautiful
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No one likes to be stuck on a boat to gamble that just sucks, now casinoes like foxwoods or mohegan sun in savannah would do awesome in my opinion
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Old 06-19-2011, 11:16 AM
 
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Yea any hotel would go good on Huchtinson island. I mean there is nothing on that island so it would make a good adition. If they add buildings to that island they should call it the luxury district.
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Old 06-19-2011, 11:29 AM
 
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Indiana's casino business employees over 16,000 people directly in the state at an average wage of 33k a year with benefits.

Casino Association of Indiana - Casino Facts

Here's a breakdown of the casinos and their employment. If we opened 5 here in Savannah this would give us around 7k jobs. I think the area would support more casinos than 5 and would also provide over 20k secondary jobs.

Our pols need to realize that just supporting the existing businesses isn't enough and we need to fund these projects.
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Old 06-19-2011, 12:44 PM
 
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Aren't there some laws against gambling in Georgia?

I thought that was why the casino ships had to go outside of the three mile limit.
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