Despite opposition of a casino in the Pope County, it hasn’t stopped casino operators from scouting out the river valley and expressing interest in applying for the country’s sole gaming license.
Voters gave a thumbs up to casino expansion at existing gaming facilities in Hot Spring and West Memphis and opened the possibility of gaming in both Jefferson and Pope Countries with the approval of issue on November 4.
The Constitutional amendment approved by the passage of issue 4 requires as part of the process of applying to the Arkansas Racing Commission, interested Casino operators obtain letters of support from County officials.
“I will follow the wishes of the people, and wishes of the people were spoken in my view at the November general election when they voted this issue down 60-40 within pope County.” said Cross.
According to Cross, he’s been approached by at least three groups in addition to the Cheerokee: cross declined to divulge specifics on any of the other interested vendors.
“There will be moves either by the Gaming industry or individuals that try to circumvent this part of process and that will be ultimately be left to the courts to decide,” said Cross.
Cross believes the citizen for a better pope County initiative likely doesn’t have a legal leg to stand on. The group was about to pass an ordinance on the ballot as Issue 4, requiring other local vote on a Pope County casino.