SEI Riverboat Advantage Could Go Up In Smoke
By Mike Perleberg
(Cincinnati, Oh.) – One advantage southeast Indiana’s casinos may have over those in Ohio is that smoking is allowed while inside.
That could be changing, however.
Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati is petitioning Ohio casino regulators to allow outdoor slot machines where smoking would be allowed, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer. The Ohio Casino Control Commission would need to approve the request before gamblers could light up.
Construction has already started on a 10,000 square foot smoking patio at Horseshoe Casino.
Casino officials expect the 150 new outdoor slots to add $10 million in annual gambling revenue.
Ohio passed a public indoor smoking ban in 2006. Unlike Indiana’s ban which came after the advent of legalized casino gambling, the Ohio smoking ban does not contain an exemption for casinos.
Lawrenceburg is a dried up corrupt little town. Who in their right mind would want to invest their money here, unless your in the Good ole Boys club and the city of Lawrenceburg hands you several hundred thousand dollars to do so. Then you could open the doors for a few months close down and run with the money like others have done.
If you want have an advantage over the Ohio casinos, give the "gamers" something to do when they come to the area. We have very few restaurants in the area worth visiting. We have nothing to offer. Cincinnati has a beautiful waterfront, endless places to eat, and the Reds and Bengals. Lawrenceburg could spend some money sprucing up the downtown area, creating a park near downtown, and giving tax breaks to open 'niche' stores and restaurants.
@couldawouldashoulda Couldn't agree more...
The belching smokestacks you speak of will cease on 5/31/2015. That's when the city will see a large loss in tax revenue from AEP, and guess who will pick up the tab on the lost taxes ( the residence of the City of Lawrenceburg) the walkway is also on AEP owned property nothe the city of Lawrenceburg.
@couldawouldashoulda For starters Lawrenceburg is out of liquor licenses, so first the state needs to issue more.... Also most high end restaurants will not invest here, it's not that Lawrenceburg hasn't asked and rallied for them.. They do not think it's worth their time or money.
Spend a little money and spruce up downtown, the City has repaved every street and added new side walks at least 3 times since the boat came to town. Still now body is bringing in the restaurants. Sprucing up downtown Lawrenceburg Is like putting lipstick on a Pig.
@smartjw They (Lawrenceburg) has handed out ungodly amounts of money to small business owners but all they do is continue to fail...I am not sure what the answer is but I just think it is unreasonable to think that a small town like this could ever complete with Cincinnati !
I agree that competing with Cincy is hard, but most people want a "Mayberry" to visit. Lawrenceburg lost the charm it once had by not keeping the casino more in town. Small business would have thrived if the casino would have docked at the end of Walnut Street, forcing cars into town. Have you noticed that all the casinos were built in areas before you come into the towns? You drive to the casino and never need to come into town unless you 're going to the strip club. Council long ago sold us out by allowing this to happen.