Friday, August 01, 2008

Burlington Vermont Waterfront Casino





If you have ever been to Burlington VT, you know we have two tourist attractions. The Church Street Marketplace and The Waterfront.

While the Marketplace is about as interesting as you are going to get it, the waterfront is to put it bluntly a completely boring experience.

We also have another issue here in the state besides the lack of entertainment, and that is significant budget shortfalls.

So in early 2008 I made the following proposal to our Governor I have yet to hear back:

(Original Letter Edited For Clarity)

As a native born Vermonter of 38 years, that has been active in our community I have a very keen insight into the desires of Vermonters as well as other citizens of our region, such as people from New York and Quebec. As such I feel I may have a unique solution to our problem.

Whether the State likes to admit it or not, we are in the gambling business plain and simple. We like to whitewash it with platitudes as to where the money goes, and our “play responsibly” motto’s but when it comes down to it, the state still promotes gambling. My idea, we have the state expand its gambling operations and build a Riverboat Casino on the waterfront in Burlington.

Now before you crumple this letter up. Let me point out some items:

Currently there are more the 5 casinos within 3 hours drive of most Vermonters. Why have those Vermont gambler dollars go out-of-state?

  • True Vermonters and not simply organizations like the C.L.F. or other out-of state entities, actually want these type of diverse entertainment options in our state.
  • If the Abinaki's get Federal Tribe recognition, they are going to build an casino in Swanton no doubt about it. It would be better for the State to be first with such an endeavor
  • Modeling law changes to cover “off shore gambling” are much less complex then if the casino was to be built on land.
  • A State run casino will prevent undesirable side issues of certain types of crime from becoming a problem.

I would recommend some certain items should a Riverboat Casino be built on the waterfront:

  • No on-site parking, shuttle buses or pedestrian traffic only. Place the parking garage near Church St, so there’s a massive influx of shoppers there.
  • Casino closes at 2:00 AM just like the bars.
  • Use Burlington police officers as security and profits from the casino to cover the expansion of the department.
A final note, the 2 closest casinos to Vermont, The Montreal Casino and The Akwesasne made more the $100 million each in their first year of operation and continue to make similar profits now.. What kind of things could we do to reduce property taxes here in Vermont with that kind of money, and how nice will it be when nearly 55% of those dollars are from out-of-staters? Kindest Regards
Charles Root


So if you are a Vermonter or vacation here and like the idea of a little casino action once and while, speak up and forward this idea to your legislators! Let's make this a reality!

WHOA!! MAJOR UPDATE AS OF 12/18/08 THE IDEA OF A RIVER BOAT CASINO IS OFFICIALLY ON THE LIST OF IDEAS FOR MAKING UP VT'S BUDGET SHORTFALL

1 comment:

Temira said...

Great work.