|Published:||Sep 06, 2012 5:48 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Sep 06, 2012 5:54 PM EDT|
BONITA SPRINGS-Fla.- "We are hoping it will be an economic engine, a place for people to work and play," said Bonita Springs Mayor Ben Nelson.
The Mayor and others have high hopes for the Naples/Fort Myers Greyhound Racing and Poker Facility, but Lee County residents will have the final say when it comes to the expansion. On November 6th voters will decide whether to add nearly 800 slot machines.
It's an issue that has divided the community. Supporters said slot machines are what the area is missing.
Opponents like Bob Pierce said, "The end result they walk out broke and I think it will cause people to do things they wouldn't normally do to get money someplace."
As the track owners and the city hammer out a plan, a 200,000 square-foot clubhouse that will house the slots is on the table. Plus even more space for restaurants, bars and nightclubs. On top of that, nearly 1,500 hundred jobs would be created including security and construction.
Mayor Nelson said, "We are preparing an inter-local agreement with the dog track so if it passes we will have an agreement prepared ahead of time to guarantee any impacts that happen the casino will pay for."