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South Middleton County Progresses ahead with Satellite Casino Ballot Thursday

Pennsylvania’s casino expansion is progressing ahead which is a long-anticipated development on the case with satellite casino venues. South Middleton Township has plans to host a special voting this Thursday which is set to decide whether or not to introduce a mini-casino venue to the area operated by the developer of Parx Casino in Bensalem, Bucks County. The meeting would take place at the township building at 6 p.m.

It could be recalled that the last days of July witnessed the most recent meeting in relation to the mini-casino construction which has been considered by Greenwood Gaming and Entertainment. The township meeting room welcomed about 75 members of the community willing to voice their opinion regarding the project and its prospective impact on the local field. The overall mood of the meeting could be defined as skeptical for the most part, while representatives of the casino developer and operator projected millions in revenue to be poured to the coffers.

Among the reasons for their disapproval, the South Middleton Township members listed the fact that a casino venue, albeit a satellite one, would not fit the general nature of the region. Concerns regarding problem gambling rates surge and gambling addiction issues were also pointed out. Bryan Gambusia is a supervisor who went so far as to state that no vote would be needed in the situation as the community has already made clear its position.

Regardless of his decision, supervisors organized a vote on whether or not to host a public one and gauge the general opinion across the county. This is how development of events brought the township to the potential vote which would see the vote during the discussion meeting scheduled. What prompts their decision is the fact that the casino developer has to receive a quick response in order to fit within the previously set deadline for details submission.

Mini-Casino Discussion Witnesses Development

Each casino operator has about half a year following the successful bid for a Category 4 licensing to produce a detailed information to Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. Greenwood has its deadline set to 23rd August, meaning that more information should be provided quickly.

In order to secure more time for its application, the casino developer has already acted on it and requested a deadline extension which would be reviewed on 15th August when the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is set to have its meeting. There are two other counties which are considered as a back up plan if South Middleton refuses to welcome a mini-casino venue.

The main reason why the casino operator picked this location neighboring to the initially chosen one is that it could bring the same market to the new venue. The state of Pennsylvania is going through a riveting period of time which brings more action to smaller counties than ever. Several casino developers and operators have already secured their Category 4 casino licensing which allows them to construct a satellite casino venue which would have on offer between 300 and 750 slot machines.

In addition to this, each developer could further boost the potential of its casino venue and pay some $2.5 million for the introduction of up to 30 gaming tables to the venue. This could be the third mini-casino venue to be established with a location. It could be recalled that up to this point Stadium Casino picked Westmoreland County for the construction of its satellite casino, whereas Mount Airy Casino Resort’s developer would build in Beaver County

 Author: Harrison Young

Harrison Young is an experienced writer, who started his career almost 8 years ago. Prior to joining our team at CasinoGamesPro, he worked as an editor for a small magazine.