Mayor Connie Moran wants Casinos in J...
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#21 Apr 18, 2007
Connie needs to be out of office.

Memphis, TN

#22 Apr 19, 2007
Please don't let them corrupt the county as it has done in Harrison Co. I have to explain that I don't like the condition of Mississippi because of the gambling when I tell someone I am from Mississippi. People already think we are a bunch of idiots with no shoes anyway. Don't add to the image of our beloved state.

Boise, ID

#23 Jul 25, 2007
ocean springs is a great town cute nice to the eyes an has it all.

Gulfport, MS

#24 Sep 9, 2007
What difference does it make if they wanted to put a casino on there land the indians could I believe the only person who can stop it is the governor b/c of the reservation land plus the spot they picked to me is terrible and it would not affect O.S. due to city limits other than that there really is not a good place to put a casino in Ocean Springs

Since: Sep 07

Ocean Springs, MS

#25 Sep 10, 2007
A casino in Jackson county is a bad idea.

1.) The citizen's of Jackson county have already voted and stated they do not want casinos
2.) An Indian casino does not pay taxes to the municipality or county like a regular public/private corporation casino
3.) The casino location will disrupt customers coming from the east on I-10. This will take away from the tax paying casinos in Biloxi
4.) Indians by treaty are their own country on their tribal land. The Choctaw tribal land is outside of Philadelphia. If this casino is allowed it will be the first time that this concept has been extended to land purchased by a tribe not geographically next to pre defined tribal land. If this precedent is allowed there is nothing to stop them from opening a casino anywhere in OS (though I must admit that that does not seem to be the intent in this case).

If the Choctaws want to have a casino then they should compete with and enhance the casinos on the point in Biloxi. Our mayor wanting to "Roll the dice" in Ocean Springs is a slap in the face to 63% of the state's revenue (which comes from casino taxes). I want to know how getting all of the bad (crime, gambling, etc) and none of the good (revenue, jobs, etc) from casinos is bright idea?

United States

#26 Sep 11, 2007
I agree what would it hurt bring the casino on.people in vancleave want it there
enjoy it

United States

#28 Sep 13, 2007
connie moran has been a joke the entire time in office. I didn't have any use for her when she held up progress on the biloxi bridge because it had to be pretty. Bay St Louis has had their bridge opened already but our bridge was held up because of GOOFY wanting beauty.
we have endured ungodly traffic and accidents on Washington ave because of this.
I can predict she will mess you all up on the casino dealings.
watch what im telling you.
she is unreasonable
the people of ocean springs comes last
lets see how many fools havent had enough and reelect her.

Since: Sep 07

Ocean Springs, MS

#30 Sep 19, 2007
For those that belive it is OK to have a casino in Vancleve should read

Grinols, Earl L. and David B. Mustard.2006.“Casinos, Crime and Community Costs.” The Review of Economics and Statistics. Vol. 88, no. 1 (February): 28-45

Note: This site will not allow my to put a direct link to this article.

Excerpt from The Washington Post:

Mustard and Earl L. Grinols of Baylor University analyzed crime data collected from all 3,165 U.S. counties in the United States from 1977 to 1996 and looked at local crime rates before and after casinos opened.

They found that crime didn't budge when a casino began operating -- at least at first. Crime began to rise after the first year, slowly at first and then more quickly, until it had far surpassed what it would have been if the casino had never opened. By the fifth year of operation, robberies were up 136 percent; aggravated assaults, 91 percent; auto theft, 78 percent; burglary, 50 percent; larceny, 38 percent; and rape, 21 percent. Controlling for other factors, 8.6 percent of property crimes and 12.6 percent of violent crimes were attributed to casinos, he said.

But what about all those casino jobs and newly minted police? Mustard said the positive effects of casinos are fleeting -- payrolls and tax collections quickly plateau, and municipalities don't keep adding cops after the first wave of casino tax revenue rolls in.

What's more, Mustard said, crime rates didn't rise in neighboring counties while they soared in casino counties -- evidence that casinos create crime locally and don't merely attract it from somewhere else

Since: Sep 07

United States

#31 Sep 22, 2007
I hope the indian casino goes in i don't have to drive so far to take my 85 year old mother to shoot craps..anyway why is ocean springs residents so upset about the casino..just think you want have to drive to biloxi either to gamble you can do it in your own town.
poster boy

Anniston, AL

#32 Oct 2, 2007
So the mayor does not seem to be very popular in O.S. What about the other elected officials? Who do you guys think would be a good replacement for her if you had to select from the current board members?

Eagle, ID

#33 Aug 11, 2010
Can you do better?
You Bet Your Life

United States

#34 Aug 13, 2010
gloria wrote:
Can you do better?
I certainly could and I don't have a degree in economics! Name 1 business that she has brought to Ocean Springs employing more than 50 people! Sooner or later taxes in OS are gonna be outta site and you can thank your friend in City Hall for that.
D'Iberville's economic development has outpaced Ocean Springs 100 fold and the people who accomplished it didn't have a degree in economics either!

Boise, ID

#35 Aug 27, 2010
I don't know much about Ocean Springs politics but I can tell you the idea of a casino would bring mixed results. For one thing, the market here STILL hasn't recovered from Katrina because we have a quarter million fewer people in the region thanks to Katrina.

For another, after a while when you get so many casinos and you have a mature, stable market, they begin to eat into each other. Meaning there's no new revenue, the other casinos are just taking from the other ones, so it becomes a race to the bottom so to speak and overall the whole region suffers.

What we need is a reduced tax rate from Jackson for one thing.

For another, we provide 40% of the state's money here on the coast and yet we're a little over 10% of the population.

How's about we keep our own damn money and let the state fix it's own problems? Why is Biloxi laying off teachers when it's casino and tourism dollars are being sent to the Delta and other nether regions of the state to keep teachers hired there?

Look after your own house before you worry about somebody else's.

Call your state senators and reps, demand lower taxes for us and let the moochers in North Mississippi pull their own damn weight.

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