New Orleans Mayor Drops Casino Idea - Friday 21st of October 2005

Mayor Ray Nagin said Wednesday he is abandoning his proposal to create a downtown casino district as a way of revitalizing the citys shattered economy, bitterly complaining of resistance from politicians around the state.

"We have the most significant challenge of any city in American history and they are dismissing ideas ad nauseam," Nagin said during the reopening of the landmark Cafe Du Monde coffee stand in the French Quarter. "Nobody is coming up with better ideas or alternative ideas, and its really kind of teeing me off."

Nagin had proposed allowing hotels with at least 500 rooms in a downtown district to offer casino gambling in the hurricane-devastated city.

But Gov. Kathleen Blanco refused to put the idea on the agenda for next months special legislative session. The Senate president said it had little chance of passage.

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Also, watchdog groups criticized Nagin for floating the idea before getting citizen reaction. And members of the mayors own recovery commission expressed concern about expanding gambling.

"We act like were virgins as it relates to gaming," Nagin said Wednesday. "We have cockfighting in this state. We have bingo everywhere in doggone religious organizations. We have casinos. We have riverboats, we have lotteries. We have everything under the sun and now we act like, `Oh my God, we cant do that."

Harrahs Entertainment Inc., which already runs a casino in New Orleans under a state-granted monopoly, said it was glad that Nagin had dropped the idea.

"I knew it was kind of a long shot, I guess, but it was worth looking into," said Dan King, general manager of the downtown Sheraton. "I guess well save that for another day."

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