Petition against Norfolk casino


NEW AT 5 – ORGANIZERS ARE GAMBLING ON A LAST MINUTE PUSH — TO SLOW DOWN THE CASINO PROJECT IN DOWNTOWN NORFOLK. (ANITA) 10 ON YOUR SIDE’S LAURA CASO SPOKE WITH A NORFOLK COUNCILWOMAN WHO’S HOPING RESIDENTS SIGN HER PETITION – AND SHE’S RUNNING AGAINST THE CLOCK. (LAURA) ON SEPTEMBER 24, CITY COUNCIL VOTED TO TENTATIVELY SELL LAND NEAR HARBOR PARK TO THE PAMUNKEY INDIAN TRIBE TO BUILD A MULTI- MILLION DOLLAR CASINO. (LAURA) THE VOTE WAS 7-1. I SPOKE WITH THE ONE PERSON WHO VOTED AGAINST IT. (LAURA CASO) YOU ARE LOOKING AT A PETITION WITH ABOUT 2-THOUSAND SIGNATURES. ANDRIA MCCLELLAN/NORFOLK CITY COUNCILWOMAN “THIS IS A PETITION EFFORT STARTED BY A GROUP OF CITIZENS APPROXIMATELY A MONTH AGO.” AFTER NORFOLK CITY COUNCIL VOTED TO ENTER INTO AN INTER-GOVERNMENTAL AGREEMENT AND A LAND SALE WITH THE PAMUNKEY TRIBE FOR A CASINO IN DOWNTOWN NORFOLK. RESIDENTS SIGNING THIS – ARE ASKING FOR COUNCIL TO RESCIND THE VOTE WITH THE GOAL OF ENFORCING A CITY-WIDE REFERENDUM – SO THAT ALL NORFOLK RESIDENTS CAN WEIGH IN. ANDRIA MCCLELLAN/NORFOLK CITY COUNCILWOMAN “ESSENTIALLY WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT ISN’T NOT JUST A CASINO, THINK THAT REQUIRES MORE THAN TWO WEEKS OF PUBLIC DISCUSSION, WHICH IS WHAT HAPPENED.” RIGHT NOW, THE GROUP HAS ABOUT 2-THOUSAND SIGNATURES. SHE AND THE GROUP ARE EFFORTING THIS ARE OUT AT COFFEE SHOPS AND RESTAURANTS. THEY HOPE TO DOUBLE THAT BEFORE TOMORROW. THE PETITIONS NEED TO BE IN BY 5 O’CLOCK THURSDAY. ANDRIA MCCLELLAN/NORFOLK CITY COUNCILWOMAN “THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT VOTE THAT A NATION IN THE CITY OF NORFOLK WHICH THE CITY WILL NEVER HAVE CONTROL OVER EVER EVER AGAIN.” SHE SAYS SHE’S NOT FOR OR AGAINST THE CASINO, BUT SHE’S AGAINST THE PROCESS. ANDRIA MCCLELLAN/NORFOLK CITY COUNCILWOMAN “WE’VE DONE NO ECONOMIC IMPACT STUDY WE ARE SITTING ON AND THE BARS AND RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS THAT ARE HERE, THAT WE CURRENTLY GET TAXES FROM, WE WOULDN’T BE ABLE TO GET THOSE TAXES FROM A TRIBAL CASINO” SHE ALSO WANTS A RISK ASSESSMENT. “WHY RUSH THIS? WHY NOT THEN WE COULD POTENTIALLY OF THE DEAL WHICH SHOWED THE CASINO COULD POTENTIALLY HAVE UP TO 45-HUNDRED SLOT MACHINES, 500 FOUR-DIAMOND HOTELS ROOMS, ON-SITE RESTAURANTS, A SPA, AND AN ENTERTAINMENT VENUE. SEVERAL PEOPLE SAY THE CASINO WOULD PUT NORFOLK ON THE MAP FOR TOURISM, CAREERS, JOBS AND REVENUE. (LAURA) 10 ON YOUR SIDE SPOKE TO JAY SMITH, A SPOKESPERSON FOR THE PAMUNKEY INDIAN TRIBE WHO CONFIRMS THE TRIBE CREATED THE ‘ALL IN FOR NORFOLK CASINO’ WEBPAGE IN ORDER TO “PROVIDE A PLATFORM FOR SUPPORTERS TO HAVE THEIR VOICE HEARD.” HOWEVER, THE TRIBE IS NOT LISTED ON THE WEBSITE. LAURA CASO, 10 ON YOUR SIDE.