Casino needs more time - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Casino needs more time

July 21, 2003

Dougherty County - There is at least a slight hope that the Radium Springs Casino could dodge the wrecking ball, but taxpayers may get hit with the cost. Dougherty County commissioners ask for a six-month extension on the demolition deadline.

A letter from the Georgia Congressional Delegation convinced county commissioners to ask GEMA to extend the December 31, 2003 demolition deadline. Even if GEMA approves the extension, an Act of Congress is still needed to save the Casino.

Mike Johnson, with the Casino Preservation Group, says Congressman Sanford Bishop plans to introduce an act to save the Casino soon. "Our lawmakers have overlooked the Casino issue in the past because they were justifiably preoccupied with the war and other issues," said Johnson. "But now, they have the time needed to address this important issue."

But, GEMA and FEMA must still agree to push back the demolition date to June 30, 2003. The demolition will likely cost about $100,000. If an Act of Congress doesn't come through, taxpayers will likely be left footing a hefty chuck of that bill.

State money, needed to pay for 25% of the demolition cost, expires in February. Taxpayers, many of whom have never set foot inside Casino, will then have to pick up that cost.

That's one reason Commissioner Art Searles voted against the extension request. "I understand that many residents consider this a cherished landmark, but I see it as a racial relic," said Searles. "But, that's not why I voted against the extension. We must protect the taxpayers' money. We just can't afford to gamble with this money."

But, casino supporters disagree. "I don't think we'll lose any money because we hope to have a decision from Capitol Hill long before the state money expires," said Johnson.

If Act of Congress isn't passed, the county would have to start the demolition process in February to finish before the June 30th deadline.

Posted at 4:20PM by kathryn.murchison@walb.com

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Residents prepare for storm chances over holiday weekend

    Residents prepare for storm chances over holiday weekend

    Saturday, May 26 2018 5:21 PM EDT2018-05-26 21:21:51 GMT
    James Lawrence. (Source: WALB)James Lawrence. (Source: WALB)

    With Alberto expected to impact Southwest Georgia, you can never be too prepared when it comes to the safety of you and your family. As the rain and thunderstorms move through our area, Albany residents say their holiday plans are changing.

    More >>

    With Alberto expected to impact Southwest Georgia, you can never be too prepared when it comes to the safety of you and your family. As the rain and thunderstorms move through our area, Albany residents say their holiday plans are changing.

    More >>
  • Albany town hall meeting held to tackle diabetes awareness

    Albany town hall meeting held to tackle diabetes awareness

    Saturday, May 26 2018 5:17 PM EDT2018-05-26 21:17:40 GMT
    City leaders held a town hall to discuss diabetes in South Georgia. (Source: WALB)City leaders held a town hall to discuss diabetes in South Georgia. (Source: WALB)
    City leaders held a town hall to discuss diabetes in South Georgia. (Source: WALB)City leaders held a town hall to discuss diabetes in South Georgia. (Source: WALB)

    Dougherty County is ranked 3-percent higher than the national average of people diagnosed with diabetes. 

    More >>

    Dougherty County is ranked 3-percent higher than the national average of people diagnosed with diabetes. 

    More >>
  • Saturday's rain didn't keep boaters from the water

    Saturday's rain didn't keep boaters from the water

    Saturday, May 26 2018 5:15 PM EDT2018-05-26 21:15:40 GMT
    The Kinchafoonee Creek. (Source: WALB)The Kinchafoonee Creek. (Source: WALB)
    The Kinchafoonee Creek. (Source: WALB)The Kinchafoonee Creek. (Source: WALB)

    Despite the scattered showers, we saw Saturday some people just couldn't resist hitting the water. In the morning, the Kinchafoonee Creek was at a good water level for boaters. 

    More >>

    Despite the scattered showers, we saw Saturday some people just couldn't resist hitting the water. In the morning, the Kinchafoonee Creek was at a good water level for boaters. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly