As recently as February, Dooley was still sidestepping, telling protesters only that he wanted a "win-win" outcome for all involved. Top aides said he would consider the casino's impact on jobs, tax revenue and the environment before making a decision.Dora Gianoulakis, president of the Spanish Lake Community Association, was ecstatic about the news but cautioned that Dooley's opposition doesn't necessarily mean the end of the Casino proposal or that another development couldn't move forward on the now re-zoned 376-acre tract of land.
But, unlike the city of St. Louis and other places, the county did not give the Gaming Commission a letter of interest in the new license. And with the process of awarding that license about to start, Dooley said now was the time to speak up.
"I gave it some considerable thought," he said. This is a sharp contrast from Dooley's position on the new River City Casino in south St. Louis County, where he appeared at the grand opening in March and gave a rousing speech about job creation and the reuse of a polluted industrial site. But there are significant differences, he said.
The North County site, Dooley said, is "not environmentally friendly," and community opposition is much stronger than in Lemay. There was another factor: market saturation. The project would be the metro area's seventh casino.
"Do we need another?" Dooley said. "No, we have enough."
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