Jul 26, 2014

Gambling Complex Developer: 'The People Have Spoken'

Developer Dan O'Leary released a statement after the casino gambling question on the GOP ballot unexpectedly received a slight majority favor.

Gambling Complex Developer: 'The People Have Spoken'

Much to everyone's surprise, Georgia Republicans voted a slight majority in favor of the on Tuesday's ballot.

The question, "Should Georgia have casino gambling with funds going to education?" received 50.2 percent for it while 49.7 percent said no.

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While the question is non-binding and were merely advisory, it could impact the , particularly unincorporated Norcross. Developer Dan O'Leary believed the question is flawed, especially when compared to the Democrats' question, which reads, "Would you support Casino gambling in Gwinnett County?"

Now that the votes were more in favor than expected, O'Leary sent out a hopeful statement.

"The people have spoken," he said in a press release. "They reject government solutions that simply raise taxes to fund their operations. It’s time to think creatively about solutions."

O'Leary destination gaming facility would have video lottery terminals in an almost resort-like area, which would include a hotel, restaurants, retail and more. In order for O'Leary to move forward with construction, he needs the approval to operate the video lottery terminals at the facility.

at the Georgia Lottery Board meeting in April where he presented. Now that the voters have shown a slight majority in favor, things are looking up for O'Leary's plan.

"I trust this strong support by the people of Georgia will encourage the Lottery Board to move forward now with its mission of maximizing revenue for the HOPE scholarship," O'Leary said.

Do you believe this is one step closer to having a gambling complex in Gwinnett County? Tell us in the comments.

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