State Committee backs Gary Casino move; Hammond officials seek a gaming license shift.
An Indiana legislative study committee on tuesday backed a bid to move a Gary Casino, but Hammond officials plan to make a pitch to strip the city of one of its gaming license.
The legislature’s study committee on Commerce and Economic Development Tuesday voted 8-1 to forward recommendations that would support moving the Majestic Star Casino to help the city redevelop the Buffington Harbour Corridor.
Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. Said that after the vote, ” If the states wants to move the license to land based locations, fine with that. I support that as it will hopefully will help gary pursue other economic development opportunities,” these words were said by McDermott. “I just want to make sure that one of the license comes to Hammond where it belongs and where revenue can be increased for the city, country and state.”
“With Sports book gaming around the corner and all the competitive advantages we have in Hammond, it is a no Brainer to put another casino in Hammond,” Mcdermott added. “As a state we have a tremendous opportunity here.”
Gary Mayor Karen Freeman Wilson said the gaming license while allocated to local municipalities are privately owned.
” These are licenses that have to be dealt with on the open market,” Freeman Wilson said.
“You have to look at all the options that are available,” Freeman Wilson said.
Northwest Indiana’s Casino – Horseshoe in Hammond, Ameristar in East Chicago, two Majestic Star boats in Gary and Blue Chip in Michigan City. They have a total of approximately $77.69 million revenues in August.