Anti-casino group files in Long Beach

Citizens for a Healthy Long Beach, an anti-gambling organization, has filed a statement of organization and campaign finance report with the city clerk. Full Story
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#1 Jun 27, 2006
These people need to wake up and smell the roses. They know deep down the city needs the money. They don't have to frequent the casino, one is only a stone throw from the city limits and practically in the front door of First Baptist Gulfport.
annabelle

Fargo, ND

#2 Jun 27, 2006
You're so right! Today when we were driving back to our temporary home after voting on the casino referendum, I told my husband someone ought to try to video and capture this "ambiance" and "small town atmosphere" that the locals like to brag about - when I said this, we were driving on the NORTH side of the tracks, and it still looked like slums (and not all can be blamed on Katrina.) The nicer homes and developments were, unfortunately, on the south side of the tracks. They are gone, as are the property tax dollars those homeowners, including me, paid to the city, so if not casinos, it better be something else, and quick.
Gracie

Brandon, MS

#3 Jun 27, 2006
If you put a Casino in Long Beach beacuse we need the revenue, what good is it if the town turns into a place you no longer want to live. Long Beach was a beautiful small town before Katrina and needs to be rebuilt the same way. Perhaps beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but I know I am not alone in my love of small town Long Beach. Let's keep it that way. NO CASINOS!
Vicky D prior LB MS

Juneau, AK

#4 Jun 27, 2006
The people of Long Beach should be smart and vote the casinos in. Why should the other cities make all the money, especially when Long Beach residents go to Gulfport, Biloxi or wherever and spend their money there? I hope the vote goes through for the economy of Long Beach The city can still retain the small town USA feeling even with casinoes, because all citizens have a choice. Likewise the city leaders should remember it is the citizens that voted them in and not abuse that privalge.
I don't think the city leaders have an agenda for trying to bring back the economy right now. If they did, I suspect more things would be going on in Long Beach now. I've been home 3 times in the last year, the last 2 being after the hurricane and clean up is happening slowly but there is a hold up and who knows what it is?????
Haley

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#5 Jun 27, 2006
I have lived in Long Beach my hole life I know that I am only 16, but that is still a pretty long time. In this town every body is saying that the children are the future, but they are not willing to change for us. The casinos would mean more money for the schools, and for those worried about change Hurricane Katrina changed us on August 29, 2005 for good no matter how hard you trie Long Beach will never be the same town. So I am asking you why not go with the change why try to force it because althought you might not live to see one day Long Beach will have casinos and high rise condos and at that time the town will be better than ever. So please do not vote against the condos cause you do not want this certian person to make money or because you do not want change. For once in your life think of the kids or your future grand kids instead of yourself.
Haley

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#6 Jun 27, 2006
Gracie wrote:
If you put a Casino in Long Beach beacuse we need the revenue, what good is it if the town turns into a place you no longer want to live. Long Beach was a beautiful small town before Katrina and needs to be rebuilt the same way. Perhaps beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but I know I am not alone in my love of small town Long Beach. Let's keep it that way. NO CASINOS!
My name is Haley and I am a junior at the school if not casinos then what the cheap motels were they were finding meth labs and prostutes, and you still get barely enough money to survive. Hurrican Katrina changed this town and it will never be the same again.
Grant Boy

Melbourne Beach, FL

#7 Jun 27, 2006
Lets play poker!
David

Long Beach, MS

#8 Jun 28, 2006
I am very sad that we have voted for casinos in Long Beach. Everyone looses execpt for the casinos. Our restaurants will suffer the most. I am not a restaurants owner but I have one word to say to our locals. "Buffet". You won't be able to compete with the casinos. As far as tax dollars. I don't believe it. Even if it is true, those tax dollars will be coming from people who are losing their gas money, house payments, cars, etc. Let's all face the truth. Gambling is addictive. There will be some people here who would have never gambeled had casinos not come. They would have never gone to Vegas or any place else. But not knowing the dangers of the addiction they will try it out because it is right here in our own backyard and some of the people will pay dearly. I am sad that some people feel that is an ok way to get revenue for the city. What have we done?!!
annabelle

Fargo, ND

#9 Jun 28, 2006
David wrote:
I am very sad that we have voted for casinos in Long Beach. Everyone looses execpt for the casinos. Our restaurants will suffer the most. I am not a restaurants owner but I have one word to say to our locals. "Buffet". You won't be able to compete with the casinos. As far as tax dollars. I don't believe it. Even if it is true, those tax dollars will be coming from people who are losing their gas money, house payments, cars, etc. Let's all face the truth. Gambling is addictive. There will be some people here who would have never gambeled had casinos not come. They would have never gone to Vegas or any place else. But not knowing the dangers of the addiction they will try it out because it is right here in our own backyard and some of the people will pay dearly. I am sad that some people feel that is an ok way to get revenue for the city. What have we done?!!
Where are the restaurants in Long Beach? Steve's Marina is now at Windance in Gulfport, Lookout is up on Highway 49 in Gulfport, Chappy's is in Nashville! True, a lot of people gamble who shouldn't, just like a lot of people drink and smoke, who shouldn't. But there are also tourists who come from all over the country to the Mississippi Gulf Coast and spend money at the casinos for not only gambling, but lodging, entertainment (look at the Beau Rivage!), etc. Once we draw these tourists to Long Beach, perhaps, just perhaps, they'll venture out into the city while they are here. Presently, not many people in our country even know Long Beach exists. We took a major hit from Katrina, but who do they write about in the media? Biloxi, Gulfport, New Orleans. Let's put Long Beach on the map, and in a good, positive way. It's time for a change.
annabelle

Fargo, ND

#10 Jun 28, 2006
I just want to comment on Haley's postings. I have read several and I think she should be commended for her maturity and courage to say what she thinks. She has a lot of good ideas, and makes more sense than some of us adults!
David

Long Beach, MS

#11 Jun 28, 2006
No one should drink or smoke. And no one should gamble. You are taking a risk on your life with the former and a risk on wallet with the later. Notice the word. "GAMBLE". But people will do what they want to and that is none of my business. But the effects from broken and broke familes touches more that just that person. It is felt by a lot of people. I am just sorry that our town will help contribute to much of this brokeness.
annabelle wrote:
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Where are the restaurants in Long Beach? Steve's Marina is now at Windance in Gulfport, Lookout is up on Highway 49 in Gulfport, Chappy's is in Nashville! True, a lot of people gamble who shouldn't, just like a lot of people drink and smoke, who shouldn't. But there are also tourists who come from all over the country to the Mississippi Gulf Coast and spend money at the casinos for not only gambling, but lodging, entertainment (look at the Beau Rivage!), etc. Once we draw these tourists to Long Beach, perhaps, just perhaps, they'll venture out into the city while they are here. Presently, not many people in our country even know Long Beach exists. We took a major hit from Katrina, but who do they write about in the media? Biloxi, Gulfport, New Orleans. Let's put Long Beach on the map, and in a good, positive way. It's time for a change.
David

Long Beach, MS

#12 Jun 28, 2006
As far as people venturing out into our city once they come here to gamble, casinos don't allow people to venture out. The are professionals at keeping people in there from sun up to sun down. Once people loose their money they are given comps to come back and eat at where? THE CASINOS, not the locals restaurants. They get a lot of comps because they loose a lot of money. When people do win from time to time, it is usually the money they have already lost that they are winning back.
annabelle wrote:
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Where are the restaurants in Long Beach? Steve's Marina is now at Windance in Gulfport, Lookout is up on Highway 49 in Gulfport, Chappy's is in Nashville! True, a lot of people gamble who shouldn't, just like a lot of people drink and smoke, who shouldn't. But there are also tourists who come from all over the country to the Mississippi Gulf Coast and spend money at the casinos for not only gambling, but lodging, entertainment (look at the Beau Rivage!), etc. Once we draw these tourists to Long Beach, perhaps, just perhaps, they'll venture out into the city while they are here. Presently, not many people in our country even know Long Beach exists. We took a major hit from Katrina, but who do they write about in the media? Biloxi, Gulfport, New Orleans. Let's put Long Beach on the map, and in a good, positive way. It's time for a change.
Haley

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#13 Jun 28, 2006
David wrote:
As far as people venturing out into our city once they come here to gamble, casinos don't allow people to venture out. The are professionals at keeping people in there from sun up to sun down. Once people loose their money they are given comps to come back and eat at where? THE CASINOS, not the locals restaurants. They get a lot of comps because they loose a lot of money. When people do win from time to time, it is usually the money they have already lost that they are winning back.<quoted text>
If not our city then Gulfport or Pass Christian, it is not a matter of were people are gonna gamble it is a matter of what town is going to make the money off of it. And as far as it being an addication, that is the way those people choose to live there lives, like other people choose to smoke or dip that is addicting to but we are not stopping stores from being built and selling cigarates or tobaco because it is addicting. As far as the reastraunts, my uncle ownes one in Long Beach and he voted for the casinos hoping it would bring more buisnees not everyone wants a buffet.
Haley

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#14 Jun 28, 2006
David wrote:
No one should drink or smoke. And no one should gamble. You are taking a risk on your life with the former and a risk on wallet with the later. Notice the word. "GAMBLE". But people will do what they want to and that is none of my business. But the effects from broken and broke familes touches more that just that person. It is felt by a lot of people. I am just sorry that our town will help contribute to much of this brokeness. <quoted text>
You take a risk win you get in the car and drive everyday to work. Risk are part of everyday life. When I walk down the stairs to my house I am risking falling down and breaking my neck but I still do it every day and you still drive to work.
Haley

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#15 Jun 28, 2006
David wrote:
As far as people venturing out into our city once they come here to gamble, casinos don't allow people to venture out. The are professionals at keeping people in there from sun up to sun down. Once people loose their money they are given comps to come back and eat at where? THE CASINOS, not the locals restaurants. They get a lot of comps because they loose a lot of money. When people do win from time to time, it is usually the money they have already lost that they are winning back.<quoted text>
I travel alot for sports and when people would ask me were I was from I would say Long Beach, but then have to explain that it is 20 minutes away from Biloxi. Nobody knows who we are and casinos will change that they will bring more people to the town and more people in the town means more money for restraunts. And Long Beach had a chance for condos and bigger restraunts like Out Back, but Long Beach refused to let any one of them come. So if you have a problem with the casinos then you should have let the high rise condos or bigger restraunts
Haley

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#16 Jun 28, 2006
Thank you annabelle. I agree that casinos are for the better of the town.
David

Long Beach, MS

#17 Jun 28, 2006
I wish we did have an Out Back and high rise condos. Gambling is a Moral issue with me. Apparently not with some.
Haley wrote:
<quoted text> I travel alot for sports and when people would ask me were I was from I would say Long Beach, but then have to explain that it is 20 minutes away from Biloxi. Nobody knows who we are and casinos will change that they will bring more people to the town and more people in the town means more money for restraunts. And Long Beach had a chance for condos and bigger restraunts like Out Back, but Long Beach refused to let any one of them come. So if you have a problem with the casinos then you should have let the high rise condos or bigger restraunts
Vicky D prior LB MS

Juneau, AK

#18 Jul 10, 2006
David wrote:
No one should drink or smoke. And no one should gamble. You are taking a risk on your life with the former and a risk on wallet with the later. Notice the word. "GAMBLE". But people will do what they want to and that is none of my business. But the effects from broken and broke familes touches more that just that person. It is felt by a lot of people. I am just sorry that our town will help contribute to much of this brokeness. <quoted text>
Wow, who died and made you such a holier-than-thou individual? Saying no one should drink, smoke and gamble is a ridiculous statement. Wake up, it's the way of the US and the world. Your cities economy will benefit from casinos regardless of what you may think and in the end you will be glad, without admitting to it. I lived and went to school in Long Beach for many years and it is and will remain a good small town with great atmosphere. As mentioned before, we all have a choice. That word CHOICE is the most important word to USE. Perhaps its time everyone thinks and tries to do something about the fleecing of our government funds instead of fussing about casinos coming to a place near you. It seems our elected officals no longer listen to the people of everywhere. WAKEUP !!!!!
Unknown

Alpharetta, GA

#19 Jul 10, 2006
It seems just about every town on the Mississippi Gulf Coast is going to have at least 1 casino before this is all over....You might as well get with the program and accept the change that is coming. Do you want Long Beach to be the only town on the Gulf Coast that doesnt have a good tax base, the only town that the only thing people do it drive through it on the way to the other towns that do offer casinos. I traveled to the Mississippi Gulf Coast a lot before Katrina and I personally did that then....Long Beach was just a little down that I pass through on my way from Biloxi to Gulfport and then on to Waveland to visit the Magic Casino. People are going to gamble no matter what you think, but it would be better if they are doing that gambling where it can help you and your town to grow.
New Vote

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#20 Jul 18, 2007
Is there anyway we can have a revote? This is what Long Beach needs. Vote it in and lets see the improvements. Someone needs to readdress this because they are killing slowly, like a cancer, a painful one, that oozes and smells like 3 day old cabbage.

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