Early voting began this weekend for the proposed "Margaritaville" Resort & Casino. It would be the sixth for Shreveport-Bossier. However, there's some debate over whether the area needs another casino...or if the market would be too oversatuated with competition.
Bossier Casino Venture co-owner William Trotter says the casino will add jobs and tax revenue to the area. He estimates about 1,200 permanent jobs would be created, in addition to temporary construction jobs. He called the new resort an experiene like "if you went to the islands and sat on the beach and listened to music. It's just a whole different change in attitude." At 30,000 square feet, it would be the largest in the area.
However, opponent say such a large operation causes too much competition for established casinos and statewide profits are down. Louisiana's 13 casinos and 4 racetracks brought in 185 million dollars this August, down 8 million from last year.
The official voting day is November 19th. Early voting lasts through this Saturday. If Bossier residents do approve the new casino, they'll see changes quickly. Bossier Casnio venture plans to break ground as early as January.