I can't even imagine being a Sandestin homeowner, especially one who saved for years, bought a second home in a family oriented golf and beach resort, retired there thinking things would stay the same as how the place was sold to them- and now they face their community being known for something completely tacky like a casino. No matter how the new owner of Sandestin tries to make is some sort of "upscale gaming facility", it is what it is- a casino. In an upscale, family tourist destination. It is very strange how out of touch he is with his own community.
I have relatives in Sandestin. They are not fans, and are looking to leave. Hope they can find a casino-loving buyer for their huge house. This is not the scenario they imagined when they bought their second home, then lot, then built their forever house, so many years ago.
I like the occasional trip to casinos- they are funny and tragic at the same time- a good entertainment combo. But there are plenty of casinos already located in places that are more appropriate. Sandestin needs something (not sure what), but adding a casino is definitely not adding quality.
Why not build the casino on the Chat Holley purchase and have the county collect outrageous lease fees in perpetuity? Works in Tunica. I bet there might be an attorney or two who have been active in the area who might have some nearby land they'd be willing to sell or lease to facilitate that, though Cowford may be a bridge too far.
Toll or tax for new bridge? Heck, we might pay cash and have it gold-plated. With the left-over new tax receipts from taxing newly legalized drugs and prostitution, we can do away with the bed tax. And with vice legalized, we won't need as much in the way of jails and deputies as we might otherwise have thought. Why, this is a win-win if I ever saw one while drinking heavily before dark.
This forum seems to have gotten an influx of local political morons recently. Did they shut down comments on the local newspaper sites?
We have been trying to get a 4-lane road out of here for a very long time. It is desperately needed for evacuation purposes. I imagine there are only a few people who really care about having a casino around here and they own the property in question. Silly to try and tie a bridge to a casino.