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Discussion on More Casinos in Delaware Continues

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DELMAR, Del.- This week WBOC has been following the discussion about adding two more casinos in Delaware; one of them being in Sussex County.

A House committee in the First State put a plan for two more casinos temporarily on hold.

While most people have though that a Sussex casino would be near the beach, one group is asking for a casino in Delmar.  

"Wicomico County is across the border. It's only a couple of miles away. The Delmar facility has virtually no infrastructure upgrades required," said Darrell Baker of State Line Casino LLC. "Route 50 is a stones throw away from the border."

Baker said that choosing a site for a new casino is about population centers.

"Wicomico County is broaching 100,000 people by itself," he said.

Baker said the aim would be to bring them over the state line. However, people whom WBOC spoke with in Salisbury weren't overly excited about a casino so close.

"I really don't care. I don't gamble. I never really have," said, Ken Jester.

"I suppose I would if I am in the financial condition to do it. I think gambling has a lot to do with personal responsibility," said Ryan Thomas of Cambridge.

Other developers looking to build in Sussex County have their eyes on sites closer to the ocean, potentially near Millsboro.

The state's current casino owners said that Delaware is saturated enough already and economically can't support more gambling.

But Baker said that if Delaware does not 't act, then Maryland will.

"If you don't do something. They'll do something, as you've seen them do things against you again and again," Baker said.

Baker said the Delmar location would also bring more shopping, tax-free shopping that would draw people from Maryland, too.
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