FORT MYERS, Fla. - For some living in the residential communities at The Forum near Interstate 75, a massive new gaming resort is a neighbor they are ready to welcome.
Cassie Williams lives off Forum Blvd. and thinks the added attraction would boost the area.
"They never really finished the stuff they said they were going to do when we first bought our house. Maybe more things will follow," Williams says.
For others, like Tina Mullis, who lives around the corner from Williams, the project spells disaster and a much different atmosphere they signed up for.
"It's going to be too much traffic, way too much traffic, especially during the season time," Mullis says.
According to the News-Press, plans for a new gaming facility, resort, and series of shops and restaurants are already in the works.
Champion Development Corp., the company heading the project, is shooting for a 1,500-room hotel and roughly 700,000 square-feet of retail and convention space.
The News-Press reports it's estimated the construction alone would bring 10,000 to 15,000 jobs.
"We have the highest unemployment rates, so anything that helps to bring the jobs back will help. It's a good thing," says Vinoth Kumar, a Forum resident.
Others say a jump start of the local economy is only worth it if the neighborhood's charm does not suffer.
"Provided it is properly managed and monitored with good security, then maybe it could be good," says Daniel Gilmore, who lives near the proposed site.