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Nawlins Mayor Pushes for Reno-style Casino District

By Chuckmonster on Saturday, 8th October 2005 8:10pm
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Mayor C. Ray Nagin on Friday said he wants to allow Las Vegas-style gambling in the city’s larger hotels as a way to jump-start the economy after Hurricane Katrina.

The plan calls for a large-scale gambling area in the city’s central business district, stretching from Interstate 10 on the west to the Mississippi River on the east.

‘‘Now is the time for us to think out of the box. Now is the time for some bold leadership, some decisive leadership,’’ Nagin said.

Nagin said gambling should be allowed in hotels that have more than 500 rooms, the majority of which are near the city’s famed Canal Street. The plan will require legislative approval.

Gambling is already allowed using video machines in roughly half of Louisiana’s 64 parishes, but there’s only one full-scale, land-based casino, operated by Harrah’s Entertainment Inc., in New Orleans.



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