New Orleans Board Considers New Riverboat Casino
As reported by the Undaunted by questions about whether it will even exist five months from now, the Orleans Levee Board has added another project to its to-do list: the pursuit of a new riverboat casino to replace the gambling hall lost to Hurricane Katrina. "The agency, which could become part of a regional authority next year if voters approve a Sept. 30 referendum, is already entertaining offers from separate developers looking to launch $200 million real estate developments on its storm-ravaged waterfront property. "On Wednesday, only minutes after hearing details about the latest, post-Katrina proposal to bring commerce to the Lake Pontchartrain shoreline, board President Mike McCrossen told his colleagues that he has decided to ask Gov. Kathleen Blanco to make the state's lone remaining riverboat casino license available to an operator willing to lease dock space from the cash-strapped agency."