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Casino Boats Coming to North Charleston

29 October 2010 by admin

Playing in an online casino can make playing your favorite casino enjoyable. You can kick back, maybe put your feet up on your desk or couch, have whatever snacks and drinks you want and where your PJs. Online casinos are probably the only ones in which bunny slippers are okay with the dress code.

Now take a moment away from online gambling and think about Dr. Seuss’s’ “Green Eggs and Ham:”

“I do not like them in a boat,
I would not, could not, with a boat.”

Now, I definitely “would not, could not” play my favorite casino game with a goat, but I could definitely play it on a boat. No idea why that guy in “Green Eggs and Ham” could not deal with a boat.

North Charleston has made playing your favorite casino game in a boat a possibility.

Thursday was the final reading on the new law that would make boats made for gambling a possibility. North Charleston city officials were behind the package that Mayor Keith Summey had put together as the casino boats could bring in an approximate $700,000 in revenue for the city.

The casino boats will be sailing out of the former Navy base and shipyard on the Cooper River. Their launching points will begin south of Riverfront Park and continue down as far as Shipyard Creek.

The package that legalize the casino boats required that a 199 ordinance be repealed that prohibited gambling devices within the North Charleston limits, as well as amend the North Charleston business license category so that it now includes gambling boat coverage. The package also created a surcharge for all gambling cruises.

The surcharge is where the $700,000 potential revenue will come from. There are two options right now for the city to receive their money. The boat owners could pay a rate that is equal to 10% of the face amount of each ticket that is sold, but they would also have to pay 5% of their gross income from each boat as well. Or the boat owners could establish a $7 flat rate surcharge on each passenger.

The timeframe for the casino boats could have them launching as soon as within ninety days, around January of next year.

According to the portion of the package pertaining to the casino boats, companies may apply for a business license to run gambling boats. If their license is approved they then have to negotiate with local companies to figure out where they will launch their boats from, as well as negotiate where their passengers will park and how they will get to the casino boats.

Once a company has established their launching point and settled their parking, they can then begin to take on passengers, and once they have sailed outside of North Charleston’s boundaries the gambling can begin.

While I like the idea of the casino boats and playing my favorite casino game while over-looking the water, imagine casino boats that had Internet connections. With an Internet connection and banks of computers, passengers could play their favorite casino games online while still being “in a boat.” Granted you probably would not be allowed your PJs and bunny slippers, but it does combine online gambling with a nice boat ride.

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