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First casino in St. Lucia

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First casino in St. Lucia

Postby KarenS » Wed Feb 01, 2006 7:56 am

The Associated Press reports: "St. Lucian authorities have approved plans for the first casino in the eastern Caribbean island, hoping to give a boost to the country's vital tourist industry.

The casino, which will include 350 slot machines and 14 gaming tables, is scheduled to open by December, according to the management company, Treasure Bay Corporation of Biloxi, Mississippi.

Treasure Bay said the 15-thousand square-foot casino would be built ten miles north of the capital, Castries, and would employ 300 full-time workers.

Peter Foster, the mayor of Castries and an attorney for the casino, says that he is excited to work with Treasure Bay. Foster says he looks forward to seeing the final product and a further boost in the local economy."
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Postby Anthony » Tue Feb 14, 2006 8:27 am

But the locals can't play - from Travel Weekly:

<blockquote>"ST. LUCIAN AUTHORITIES granted a gaming license for the island's first casino, tentatively scheduled to open in December in Gros Islet near Pigeon Island north of Castries. The casino will be open to visitors only as current legislation on St. Lucia bars residents from using the facility."</blockquote>
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Postby KarenS » Tue Feb 14, 2006 8:56 am

That seems a little ridiculous. What is their reasoning?
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Postby Anthony » Tue Feb 14, 2006 3:26 pm

I don't know - I wish someone from St. Lucia would fill us in here. I can only imagine that the island is conservative, and they didn't want their own citizens participating.
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Postby steph » Thu Feb 16, 2006 2:01 pm

This type of decision concerns me. I strongly feel that if something is not available (for whatever reason) to the people that inhabit the island, then we strongly need to reconsider whether building that facility for the sake of tourism is the best course of action.

Money is the deciding factor, obviously. But, it is such a shame to think of the potential implications of this type of establishment.

If average locals cannot participate, or see any of the monetary rewards of the casino, this can lead to resentment. Resentment of tourism and tourists.

St. Lucia is such a treasure. I hope that the casino and any other projects somehow benefit everyone -- including the locals, not just business and tourists.
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Postby Anthony » Mon Feb 20, 2006 6:18 am

I think that as far as seeing a return residents can win in this situation as it will no doubt create some jobs (and I think a steady job is a much better prospect than a black jack table). It just seems strange that they are creating a situation where they are telling the local population that they can not participate in an activity that tourists can. Maybe the locals don't want to - which is fine of course. I would just like to see it explained and what the process was.
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