Downtown casino approved. STX
SLOTS HAVE BEEN "electronic " for sometime. the first video based slot machine was introduced in 1974.
Main problem is that there simply isn't enough business on STX right now to support this. Sure, it might be successful, but it will be at the expense of another place, most likely Divi. Robbing Peter to pay Paul.
As for the larger issue of gambling itself, when the developers were pitching Divi, they assured us that it would bring all kinds of new business to the island. While it has brought some, it has fallen far short of what it promised. Fact is, most of the gamblers at Divi are LOCALS, many of whom really can't afford to lose what money the have to the casino, but they do it anyway. The casino at Caravelle will likely be no different.
Seriously: step into Divi on any given night and tell me how may locals versus tourists you see in there. The proof is in the puddin'.
Exactly what I pointed out in an earlier post. I monitor travel forums extensively and it's a once in a blue moon rarity for any potential visitor to the USVI to mention gambling as a draw. No doubt Mr Mapp has visions of the Mapp Taj Mahal and Casino towering over the landscape complete with gushing fountains, brilliant lights and nightly firework displays a his legacy.
Im not even gonna read all this but don't you guys find it funny.... its like APPROVE ALL THE THINGS!!! Hahaha! Every idea that gets tossed around its like OK lets just approve it! So over it lol. How about we focus on what's currently broken... oh wait thats who's approving it all. SO funny!
I don't think the government should build hotels and be in competition with the private sector and it's own GERS, for that matter. We've all seen how well government owned and managed entities operate. This whole plan is ripe for even more political corruption.
Aren't there 2 hotels in STX, now, that have been stalled for decades in building?