Gaming Board hears contrasting views on effects of a casino near Gettysburg

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Three hundred citizens gathered in the Gettysburg College Student Union ballroom Wednesday to express their joy or displeasure at the idea of a casino near Gettysburg. At the receiving end of the comments were members of the state Gaming Control Board, which later this year will decide who receives two available casino resort licenses.

LeVan, president and CEO of the investment group behind the proposed Crossroads Gaming Resort and Spa, told the board his 3,000-machine slots casino would be the only Category Two casino easily accessible to Northern Maryland, northern Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Baltimore Metro area markets.

Adams County Commissioner Lucy Lott countered that two current factors may adversely affect Crossroadsí revenue projections.

ìWith gas prices headed toward $3 per gallon, how many people will drive from Baltimore and northern Virginia, possibly bypassing (casinos) which Maryland is considering to keep money in Maryland,î she said.

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