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 Posted: Wed Nov 15th, 2006 05:30 pm
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Hi! I am new to the board and I'm sure this topic has already been discussed, but I was wondering if anyone can tell me the results of the vote. We visit Gettysburg several times a year and I was just wondering how the vote turned out. I would appreciate it. Thanks!!!



 Posted: Wed Nov 15th, 2006 06:29 pm
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Welcome to the board! We were under the impression that a decision was to be announced last week, but so far there's been no word. We check 3 times a day, so rest assured that the minute a decision is announced CWi will bring it to you.



 Posted: Thu Nov 16th, 2006 01:12 am
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Thanks for the welcome to the board! Can't wait to hear what the decision will be. I also thought we should have known something by this time...



 Posted: Thu Nov 16th, 2006 01:43 am
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Here's the latest:

Hearings and decisions: The seven days of hearings will stretch out over four weeks, wrapping up Dec. 4-5 with applicants from the Gettysburg area, Mount Pocono, Pocono Manor, Allentown and Bethlehem vying for two licenses.
Then, board members will have 15 days to make up their minds before they are scheduled to vote Dec. 20. The applicants' level of experience, the amount of minority involvement, and plans for dealing with gambling addiction are some the factors to be considered.



 Posted: Thu Nov 16th, 2006 09:05 pm
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The final choices are up to the Pennsylvania Gaming Board, not local voters, so that's why you've seen no word recently. Sometime in December, as Javal has indicated, we'll hear which Penn. locales [2 or 3 towns] were selected for the dubious honor of having a slots casino.

Art B.



 Posted: Thu Nov 16th, 2006 09:26 pm
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Hi Art and thanks for your reply. I understand that the state has to pick who gets the gambling permits but what was the outcome of the local voters? Did they vote in favor of the casinos in Gettysburg? Thanks, Cindy



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Greetings from PA!

I haven't heard anything lately about the vote/opinion of those in Gettysburg.  I do know that the first casino in my state opened this week.  It's located just outside of Wilkes-Barre, PA...strictly slots and owned by the Mohegan tribe of Connecticut.  The slot machine casino is located at the "Mohegan Sun"at Pocono Downs Racetrack.  So far, I'm hearing mixed reviews.

Under "Act 71"  there are to be 14 slots casinos in PA.  I believe the one being considered for Gettysburg is one of five "stand-alone" sites (not at a racetrack or resort).

The slot machines will be connected to  PA's central computer system in Harrisburg so that the state gets it's accurate share of tax revenue.  PA gets 34 percent of the net revenue. A 4 percent share has been allocated to the county and municipality where the casino is located.  I understand there is also a 5 percent tax for special economic development funds.  I don't know if that will sway the local vote in Gettysburg or not.  It's my understanding that the final vote will come down on December 20th.

Our local State Representative is fighting very hard to stop the casino in Gettysburg.  He is very interested in the history and heritage of PA and has a great track record in Harrisburg when it comes to historic preservation.  I visit his website frequently and will post any news if I hear of it.

One bit of news about Gettysburg is that Morgan Stanley is reported to have withdrawn as the largest financial backer for the Crossroads Gaming Resort.  Perhaps that will affect the outcome of the final vote...we can hope so, anyway.

If you check online, there are several sites working on petitions to stop the Gettysburg casino.  Individuals may add their "electronic signature" to some of them.

Regards,

Sarah Elizabeth



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Hi Sarah, Nice to meet you! Yes, the Mohegan Sun casino opened up very close to where I live here in Tunkhannock, Pa. Hopefully, the state rep will beable to stop the casino. Gettysburg is a great historic town and I would hate to see the casino locate there. Hope I don't upset anyone here on the board with that opinion but that is how I feel... I guess we will just have to wait and see what happens. Thanks for your reply.



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PENNSYLVANIA VOTERS REMAIN FIRMLY OPPOSED TO SLOTS PARLOR NEAR GETTYSBURG BATTLEFIELD
 

Despite a costly marketing campaign by casino proponents, a new statewide poll confirms that Pennsylvania voters remain opposed to a Gettysburg slots parlor

(Gettysburg, Pa., 11/17/2006) – A public opinion poll conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling and Research reveals that Pennsylvania voters remain overwhelmingly opposed to plans for a 5,000-slot casino complex near the historic Gettysburg National Military Park.  According to the poll, nearly two-thirds of Pennsylvania voters oppose a casino at Gettysburg.  In addition, a majority of voters in the state indicated that they would consider such a casino an embarrassment to the Commonwealth.
 
The independent poll was commissioned by three national conservation groups, the Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT), the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), and the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP).  Mason-Dixon had previously conducted a statewide poll of voter attitudes toward the controversial Gettysburg casino proposal in October 2005.

“This latest statewide poll confirms what we already knew.  Pennsylvanians hate the idea of a slots parlor at Gettysburg,” stated CWPT President James Lighthizer.  “Despite an extravagant marketing campaign by Gettysburg casino proponents, Pennsylvanians remain firmly opposed to a casino so close to America’s most historic battlefield.”

The numbers reinforce Lighthizer’s remarks.  The October 2005 Mason-Dixon survey found that 65 percent of Pennsylvania voters oppose a Gettysburg casino.  The more recent poll found that 64 percent of Pennsylvania voters still oppose the casino, just one percentage point lower than the 2005 analysis. 

NPCA spokesperson Cinda Waldbuesser noted that opposition to the Gettysburg slots parlor is even more pronounced in the ten counties in central Pennsylvania closest to Gettysburg.  According to the latest survey, 73 percent of central Pennsylvanians oppose a Gettysburg casino.  “Those who live closest to Gettysburg understand better than most that a casino doesn’t belong anywhere near family-friendly Gettysburg.  That’s why three-out-of-four mid-state residents reject a casino at Gettysburg,” said Waldbuesser.  In the October 2005 survey, 78 percent of central Pennsylvania voters indicated opposition to the Gettysburg casino.

In his travels throughout the Keystone State, NTHP spokesperson Adrian Fine has found many Pennsylvanians to be chagrined at the idea of a slots parlor at Gettysburg.  “Many Pennsylvanians recognize that a casino so close to a place of quiet contemplation and remembrance will be a blemish on the reputation of the Commonwealth,” said Fine.

The survey results confirm Fine’s observations.  53 percent of Pennsylvania voters indicated they would consider a casino near Gettysburg to be an embarrassment to the Commonwealth.  In the mid-state, the numbers were more pronounced:  63 percent responded that the casino would be an embarrassment to Pennsylvania.  Only 30 percent of central Pennsylvania voters thought a Gettysburg slots parlor would not embarrass the state.

Mason-Dixon Polling and Research is well known as one of the most credible and accurate independent polling firms in the nation.  Mason-Dixon conducted the poll from October 18-21, 2006.  A total of 625 registered voters were interviewed statewide by telephone.  For verification or questions concerning methodology, contact Brad Coker at (904) 261-2444.  The margin of error is +/- 4 percentage points.



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This will be in our news section tomorrow...

The state Gaming Control Board has rescheduled a licensing hearing for a Gettysburg-area casino plan, saying it needs more time to do background checks on a new investor.

The hearing on the Crossroads Gaming Resort & Spa will be Dec. 13 at the State Museum Auditorium in Harrisburg. It was previously scheduled for Dec. 5.



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