Columbus voters to decide on casino gambling

The City Council took a vote and decided that voters across the state will decide on the issue.

US.- The City Council from Columbus, Georgia, voted in favor of allowing voters from across the state to decide the future of casino gambling. Even though they didn’t vote to approve the casino itself, the final recount was 7-2. The Georgia General Assembly’s Legislative Session will resume its activity on January 2017.

Robert Wright Jr, Columbus entrepreneur, said: “They just voted to allow the people the right to vote on it and support the legislative delegation in the right.  If it passes the state, then they want to have a local referendum, which I think is the right thing to do.” Wright stated earlier this week that he’s planning on building a US$200 million resort casino to the south of the city if Georgia legalises the gaming activity. “If this all passes, I intend on putting a $200 million casino resort in south Columbus. I would like to see that investment in south Columbus. I am working to create 500 to 1,000 new jobs,” the entrepreneur added.

On the other hand, Norman Easterbrook with the Rivercenter said that their main concern would be the effect on the entertainment industry, but right along with that there are other negative consequences that could inevitably happen there depending on the proximity of the casino to their community.