Bermuda Considers Casino Gambling
Hotel owners and tourist industry entrepreneurs are pushing the Bermuda government to bring casinos to the island, and the government is considering it. Premier Ewart Brown said today that talks between developers and government officials are leading to the possibility of looser gambling laws.
A consulting firm has been hired to do a $300,000 study to determine the positives and negatives regarding the possible institution of certain forms of gambling, including the introduction of casinos and the potential creation of a lottery.
The Innovation Group will report on potential revenues from gaming sources, as well as general economic and social impacts of casino and lottery gambling.
Hotel executives are saying the government wants to bring gambling to Bermuda, but is concerned about alienating certain hardcore groups which are opposed to any legal wagering, such as church organizations.
In June, the government gave cruise ships the right to continue gambling once in port. Insiders say this was a way to test public reaction, and the first step to establishing land casinos.
Addressing the press, Dr. Brown said, "The aim of this feasibility study is to openly and fully address all aspects of this issue so that we make decisions based on facts. I expect that public consultation will be invited and that an assessment of the various positions on the issue of gaming for Bermuda will form a key part of the ultimate report done by the researcher.”
Still, many believe that the decision has been made and the study is simply being set as a method to back the government's plan.
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