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Reaction on Poarch Creek Indian's request for casino gaming in Escambia County
ESCAMBIA COUNTY -- The Poarch Band of Creek Indians has asked Governor Rick Scott for a tribal-state gaming compact that would allow the tribe to operate casino-like gambling in Escambia County.
It is unclear where the tribe would build-- if given the opportunity.
Channel 3's Kalie Desimone has reaction from people who live and work in one area who seem to think the casino is headed their way.
Kalie Desimone- location, location, location the Porch Band of Creek Indians want to build a casino. Will it be at the Pensacola Greyhound Track or here on Perdido Key?
Cathryn Deal: "It's not crowded it's beautiful the nature here is awesome."
The waves are crashing, a game of volleyball is underway. People are soaking up the sun and even building a sand castle... But is this the right place to build a casino?
Cathryn Deal says no!
Cathryn Deal: "It would bring in a different element that I don't think the Key would want."
Deal says she likes the quiet feel of the Key and doesn't want that to change.
Cathryn Deal: "I understand it's bringing in a lot of money but I think there are other ways that we could do it without having that element on our beach."
Darlene Webster owns new attitudes salon and says a casino would be a positive thing for the key.
Darlene Webster: "It would bring some people around that don't necessarily always come this way."
She says she's tired of other cities and towns cashing in on gambling.
Darlene Webster: "If we are going to survive as a business and as a people around here we are going to have to bring some kind of industry in."
Vikki Robertson couldn't agree more... She says more attention needs to be placed on businesses and how to grow them.
Vikki Robertson "I think that there are a lot of people in this community who like the status quo and don't want to see us do anything as far as progress."
County Commissioner Gene Valentino had this to say about the possibility of a casino being built in his district.
Kalie Desimone: "For more information on this issue including copies of original documents, log onto our website."