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Posted By: lovey and thurston

Question for Dolphin or the Chamber - 06/26/04 05:34 AM

Has the Chamber of Commerce had any discussion or taken a position on the allowing more Casinos on the island? In view of the concern about a rising crime rate, would this be a negative?
Posted By: dolphin

Re: Question for Dolphin or the Chamber - 06/27/04 01:33 AM

The subject has not come up for discussion at any of our meetings, other than a report of a casino being built across from Banyan Bay. The Chamber has not taken a position on casinos. It is somewhat difficult to take a negative position on a legal, licensed business, but that would be a group decison if it became needed or necessary.

Personally I had not found places like Harry's casino (when it was a real casino) much more than another tourist attraction, or another place for locals to gather.

As always, slot machines, particularly ours which are not really regulated or monitered, suck money from the poor. I have had a few friends who sadly wandered down that path of addiction.

Although gambling is commonly associated with rising crime, personally I feel the drugs on the island have much more of a crime impact on our island. The casino in Belize City seems to be well managed, and restricts most of the poor from even entering. The local Boleto? (lottery) does a great job of taxing the poor, and taking their hard-earned cash. All of these things are handled at a central government level, and not much can be done about it by anyone local.
Posted By: lovey and thurston

Re: Question for Dolphin or the Chamber - 06/27/04 04:48 AM

Thank you for your reply. I believe another casino is also planned for the development at Holiday Lands and possibly BYC(That one I'm not real sure about however). I guess my other concern might be with a proliferation of casinos it would change some of the laid back island ambience that tourists seem to enjoy. I agree, Harry's was never a problem and The Princess is very well managed. Thanks for your input.
Posted By: Chloe

Re: Question for Dolphin or the Chamber - 06/27/04 05:30 PM

IMHO, one casino is more than enough for Ambergris.

US tourists if they truly want to gamble, they would go to the hot spots in the US, not Belize.

I've noted the drug problem which brings crime, increasing more and more over the last few years.
I opened a thread "Watch Chloe walk the highwire over Front street", which was about drugs being offered openly to people of all ages.
Posted By: dolphin

Re: Question for Dolphin or the Chamber - 06/27/04 06:54 PM

I do agree with Chloe, we definitely do not need a bunch of casinos, and really would hate us to head toward being Las Vegas, just as I would hate to see us become a Cancun.
One small nice one could satisfy the few tourists and locals that would enjoy a diversion. I felt that the Palace was just about right for our island.
Posted By: Barbara K

Re: Question for Dolphin or the Chamber - 06/27/04 07:15 PM

I agree one casino is enough. The islands with casinos attract a different crowd, have a different vibe and cost of living, crime rates and unsavory activities usually go up. If people want the jet set casinos of Aruba, St Maartin, PR, etc. they should go there.

Temptation Island was bad enough! :p
Posted By: seashell

Re: Question for Dolphin or the Chamber - 06/27/04 08:47 PM

Chloe, I can't find that thread you are talking about. A little help please, TIA.
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Question for Dolphin or the Chamber - 06/27/04 09:50 PM

Interesting....San Vegas!!
Lots of sparkling lights to block the stars and moonlight; whore houses instead of Nancy's and Marina's; topless shows instead of Barefoot Skinny; Celine Dion instead of Punta; Planet Hollywood instead of Papi's; and the Stratasphere instead of the Chicken Drop...... oh yeah, and Roy's White Tigers instead of the nurse sharks........
NO THANKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted By: NYgal

Re: Question for Dolphin or the Chamber - 06/27/04 11:26 PM

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I remembered coming home from one of my vacations and reading it.........time passes by quickly, this was 2002 eek
Posted By: Denny Shane

Re: Question for Dolphin or the Chamber - 06/28/04 12:16 AM

Vicki... what do you mean no thanks??? I liked everything you mentioned... laugh eek
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Question for Dolphin or the Chamber - 06/28/04 12:21 AM

Denny,
I do to!!!!!!! As long as it's not at my home!!!!! My mom lived in Vegas for about 10 years, and I just love it there, (GREAT SHOPPING AT THE FORUM!!), but I would NEVER want to live there.
The one thing that I wouldn't mind at all would be air conditioned places in San Pedro, and the "mist"er machines
Cheerz,
Vicki
Posted By: Denny Shane

Re: Question for Dolphin or the Chamber - 06/28/04 08:47 AM

Wow... very cool... never thought of "mist" er machines. hmmmm Maybe I should install one... .50 per mist squirt... laugh eek OOoOoooO mist me baby! :rolleyes:
Posted By: Anonymous

Re: Question for Dolphin or the Chamber - 06/28/04 01:38 PM

Denny,
I was in Vegas a couple of years ago for the Cher concert. While working on my tan, 2 very scantily clad buff babes came over to me to "mist" me, and to put lotion on me!!!!! NOW THAT'S SERVICE!!!!!!!! Maybe a certain hotel in San Pedro should start that...........
Cheerz!
Posted By: Denny Shane

Re: Question for Dolphin or the Chamber - 06/28/04 02:17 PM

Vicki....
Uh huh, the old "can I rub lotion" on you trick! laugh eek

I can remember being in downtown Panama one night while I was in the Navy. Two scantily clad babes approached me and wanted to "mist" me as well.

Oh wait... that's a different story... eek
Posted By: Chloe

Re: Question for Dolphin or the Chamber - 06/28/04 03:21 PM

Thanks Nygal, you did a great search.
Posted By: GAY AND DAVID

Re: Question for Dolphin or the Chamber - 06/28/04 03:27 PM

will these casinos need any gringo accountants???
Posted By: Barbara K

Re: Question for Dolphin or the Chamber - 06/28/04 06:51 PM

The Mist thing only works where there is very low humidity. It is how our air conditioners work here in the southwest too. Wouldn't do anything in SP except make it more humid.
Posted By: lovey and thurston

Re: Question for Dolphin or the Chamber - 06/28/04 06:55 PM

gay, don't think if they ever get out of the gate, they will be around that long to be a good job prospect!
Posted By: GAY AND DAVID

Re: Question for Dolphin or the Chamber - 06/28/04 07:19 PM

DARN,
back to the drawing board
Posted By: Laguna Punta

Re: Question for Dolphin or the Chamber - 06/28/04 08:05 PM

Next time I go to San Pedro...I'll bring a case of Lysol Disinfectant Spray. I'm sure Paisano would warm-up quick to misting others. :rolleyes:
Posted By: lovey and thurston

Re: Question for Dolphin or the Chamber - 06/28/04 08:52 PM

Think you have that turned around.We'll use the Lysol to mist Paisano. It's time for his annual bath.
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