2015-10-29 / Opinion

Does Not Agree With Vote on Casino

To the Editor:

I am writing in regard to an article entitled “Casino Vote: No” that appeared in the October 22 issue of The St. Ignace News. After attending the last community meeting on this topic, and then reading the article and comments of some of the board members, I just had to write.

I am a resident of the village of Mackinaw City. I have no business here that stands to gain or lose from this decision. I do feel that the board shot themselves in the foot with this “no” vote. I also feel that there are those that acted on their own desires and wants, and not what was best for the village.

One concern was that the tribe would not have to obey any zoning, sign, or any other laws of the village. I believe that the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians’ signage and buildings would be far more pleasing to the eyes than the Wienerlicious sign or that building that has the zip line. The issue will still be there, since they are allowed to build a Class II gaming facility.

Another board member was hurt about how the tribe pursued it this time, and said it felt like blackmail and they did not answer all the questions like before. How many times can you ask those questions? To me, that sounds like the “no” vote was more out of spite than considering the village’s needs and wants.

People who want to go to the casino for a little entertainment will now cross the Mackinac Bridge. They are not going to decide to spend that money on T-shirts and fudge. They may even decide to spend more money in St. Ignace since they are there.

The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians said there would be no hotel and just an RV park. It sounded like an opportunity for the local hotels to work with them on some packages for accommodations. Many tour buses [would] come through on casino runs.

I believe that it could have been a win-win situation for this community. The board missed it.

Another decision made without using common sense.

I do like to go to the casino on occasion, not in the hopes of winning big and solving all my problems, but merely as a form of entertainment.

I hope the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians builds that Class II gaming facility. I wish them much success in their endeavor.

Lou Palmer

Mackinaw City

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