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Long Beach Aldermen Vote On Gaming/Entertainment District

The casino controversy came up again Tuesday night in Long Beach. This time, it concerns a proposed zoning change. As usual, there was some confusion about what that proposal did and did not involve.

The meeting room was packed with people. They came to hear a proposal from Alderman-at-Large Allen Holder.

His suggestion is to consider establishing a zoning district for gaming, as well as entertainment and recreation. It would be on Highway 90, from Douglas Avenue to Mason Avenue.

Some interpreted that to mean a casino could go anywhere in that five block area. Holder made it abundantly clear that is not the case.

Holder says the proposal would allow a casino only one place, directly across from the harbor.

It was Long Beach voters, who a few weeks ago, approved a non binding referendum that would allow a casino, but only across from the harbor.

Once aldermen understood that was the plan, the vote was unanimous to send the plan to the city's planning commission to further study it, and then send it back to the board.

by Jeff Lawson

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