DBIA’s casino de­lay cost Peter­bor­ough

The Peterborough Examiner - - OPINION -

Peter­bor­ough and Belleville were awarded the right to host a casino by Shore­lines Casino at the same time last year. Belleville ac­cepted with grat­i­tude the op­por­tu­nity for em­ploy­ment and a sub­stan­tial an­nual fi­nan­cial ben­e­fit from the casino for act­ing as their host. Con­struc­tion started im­me­di­ately. The casino in Belleville is now op­er­a­tional.

Mean­while, back in Peter Patch, we are still wast­ing time and money be­cause the ob­jec­tions mainly of the DBIA who want the casino down­town de­spite Shore­lines Casino stat­ing “we don’t want our casino down­town.”

The DBIA have their own agenda as to the lo­ca­tion of the casino, (it’s right there in their name, “Down­town”) de­spite be­ing told, thanks but no thanks. So now for $150,000 a year for 20 years, the DBIA will with­draw their ob­jec­tions to the city build­ing where Shore­lines Casino want their build­ing built in the first place.

The DBIA should be re­im­burs­ing the Peter­bor­ough tax­pay­ers for time and rev­enue lost as a re­sult of this holdup. Shame on the DBIA.

Brian O’Reilly River Rd.

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