Choctaw casino proposal raises many questions
I applaud your editorial about the trustworthiness of Chief Beasley Denson. If he was serious about contributing 4 percent of gross gaming revenue to local governments, he could have come with a signed, written promissory agreement to that effect.
Even so, I wonder what happens in a few years when there is a new chief. Would that agreement still hold? And who determines how much the gross gaming revenue amount is? Is it someone hired by the Choctaws? How about an audit and someone from the local government also having a hand in determining that figure?
I also wonder if the Jackson County law enforcement agencies would have any jurisdiction on the Indian resort property. For sure the state Gaming Commission would not be allowed, and I wonder if the state Highway Patrol would have jurisdiction.
Chief Denson speaks of competition, yet he places himself above the competitors by locating right off the interstate, not paying state taxes, and not abiding by the regulations of the state Gaming Commission. If he wants to compete with other casinos, he could buy the former Broadwater or President site... or a site near the port of Gulfport or one in Hancock County. He seems to want a competitive economic advantage at the expense of the citizens of Jackson County, who do not even want a casino there.
BILL ESTERLY Biloxi