Talks under way for casino in Hardeeville

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As time draws nearer for Governor Nikki Haley to approve or deny the proposed development in Hardeeville that will include a level three casino, town and business leaders gathered recently to discuss the impact, the potential and possible challenges. Although the word casino evokes an emotional response in many, the information may deserve further research. The development will include a resort, four star hotel, restaurants and the opportunity for almost 4,000 residential units. In a time and area where jobs are scarce, the project offers up to 2,700 new jobs, not including the jobs that could follow with satellite businesses. The developer out of Myrtle Beach requires no monetary contributions from the state and speaks confidently about the Cherokee nation that allows a gaming option in our area.
Attendees of the meeting asked about the regulations, the intent and the supposed impact of the project. After answering and addressing concerns, the marketing firm offered a petition and suggested that attendees contact Governor Haley if they felt the project needed to move forward. Most of the attendees encouraged the developer and gladly signed the petition. The idea of opportunity arising in a challenging economy seemed to be a welcomed theme. If the governor accepts the proposal, the development could begin within as early as 18 months.

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