LEE COUNTY, Fla. - The dogs are once again racing out of the gate at the Naples Fort Myers Greyhound Track and more than a thousand spectators were expected to attend throughout opening day.
But concerns about dwindling ticket sales have management hoping voters will say "yes" to Lee County Ordinance 12-13, allowing expansion for slot machines.
Greyhound racing has been on the decline for years.
"We used to be the only thing to do. There was no other gambling, there was no slot machines, no casinos," said General Manager, Juan Fra.
Now, managers are betting the proposal to bring in hundreds of slot machines will help breath new life into the venue.
"It'll bring many jobs and it'll help us develop the land. We think it's a win, win for us and the community," said Fra.
Not everyone is ready for more gambling. The Diocese of Venice released this statement to Wink News, saying in part:
"The expansion of casino gambling will victimize the poor and encourage an addiction that can destroy families.in view of the potential harm to the common good and to a portion of our community, this expansion should be resisted."