New South Carolina Casino Boat Sets Sail - Monday 10th of April 2006

SOUTH CAROLINA – As reported by the Myrtle Beach Sun News: "A new gambling boat could begin sailing from the Little River docks today, just weeks after Horry County Council decided not to ban such operations.

"The Diamond Girl II will replace the Southern Elegance after a buyout by Myrtle Beach businessman Al Shuman and his Diamond Management company.

"Shuman said his plans to invest in gambling out of the Little River waterfront weren't influenced by County Council's decision to tax instead of ban the floating casinos.

"Horry County decided in March that it will create new taxes on the boats instead of banning them, but the councilman who represents Little River said he will push for the ban if the gambling operations attempt to expand.

"…The latest boat, loaded with hundreds of slot machines and 24 gaming tables, pulled into the docks last week and crews were working feverishly Monday to pass U.S. Coast Guard inspections.

"The state's only other gambling ship, SunCruz, also operates from the Little River waterfront…"

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