Casino Watch Focus reported that the Spanish Lake area in North St Louis was holding meetings to determine zone eligibility for a new possible casino. The St Louis Post Dispatch has reported the planning commission has approved the zone plan:
The St. Louis County Planning Commission on Monday unanimously backed a casino and entertainment complex along the Mississippi River in Spanish Lake. More than 40 protesters opposed to the casino marched for about an hour in front of the County Administration Building in Clayton before the commission met.
“Eagles yes, casino no,” “save natural beauty,” “save our wildlife,” the pickets chanted. Dora Gianoulakis, president of the Spanish Lake Community Association, which opposes the complex, said after the commission vote that the study called for low-intensity uses in the area, not an entertainment complex. The Rev. Harold Hendrick, a casino opponent, said the development would hurt the local environment and churches.
This alone does not mean a new casino will be coming to Spanish Lakes. However, it was a necessary first step, and considering the Gaming Commission’s stand on opening up The President Casino’s gaming license, a new casino seems likely. Please keep reading Casino Watch Focus to follow this new casino’s development and learn how you can take action.