|Published:||Sep 13, 2012 8:30 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Sep 13, 2012 8:30 PM EDT|
BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. - Job seekers were at the Naples Fort Myers Race Track Thursday, betting that voters will support the addition of 800 slot machines come November.
"Certainly it will bring in more revenue to the city and into the county," said Bonita Springs resident, Cathy Feser.
"We have not gotten tremendous push back. Most of the community seems to realize that they're surrounded by untaxed, unregulated gaming," said Isadore Havenick with the Casino.
Jan Wine was one of first through the door in hopes of getting one of the 500 jobs promised to residents if the referendum passes.
"Oh yes I would love it. It would make my day," Wine said.
The job fair was a preview of sorts, showcasing a wide spectrum of positions in a variety of fields like hospitality, marketing and entertainment.
There is still concern from some that bringing slot machines to the track will hurt the community.
Michele Taylor with the Florida Catholic Conference said in a statement to Wink News, "For those who are struggling to make ends meet, casino gambling can provide an attractive means to relieve financial burdens, which ultimately only leads to crushing debt and personal crisis."
But for those looking for work, controversy is the last thing on their minds.
The job preview day was created for residents of Bonita Springs. A Lee County job fair is scheduled, but the exact date has not been announced just yet.
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