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Sussex lawmakers show no support for new racino

April 27, 2009

DOWNSTATE legislators at a Monday, April 27, press conference, spoke out against a proposed Millsboro racino.

Rep. Biff Lee, R-Laurel, and House Minority Whip Danny Short, R-Seaford, say they oppose any new racinos in Delaware. As legislature reconvenes Tuesday, April 28, they also say all bets are off for a proposed casino and family resort in Millsboro: Del Pointe Resort & Racino.

Lee, who voted against releasing the measure from the House Gaming & Parimutuel Committee, said if Del Pointe developers want to put in a racetrack that’s fine, but he said there’s not enough slot players in the state to merit building another gambling venue. He also said he voted against a substitute measure for expanded gambling because “there’s too much stuff in that bill.” He said a simple sports-betting bill would easily pass in the House.

As for the jobs the Del Pointe project might bring, Lee said, “If it runs some places out of business what good is it?”

He said legislators in Maryland are also struggling with whether to allow slots.
Short said the proposed resort and expanded gambling bill are both dead in the water.

“At this point, Del Pointe is being put off. I need to know economically what the financial impact is going to be compared to the rest of the gaming industry,” said Short.

Short favors a study to determine if demand would support another racino. “I think it’s good business to have the impact study. You can’t make these decisions in a vacuum,” he said.