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Dover Mayor Pens Letter Opposing New Casinos in Delaware

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Dover Mayor Carleton Carey (Photo: WBOC) Dover Mayor Carleton Carey (Photo: WBOC)

DOVER, Del. (WBOC) - The City of Dover may weigh in on the push to put two new casinos in Delaware with a strongly stated "no."

Mayor Carleton Carey wrote a letter to state lawmakers urging them to reject the most recent plan. City council members discussed endorsing that letter at Tuesday night's meeting.

Carey remembers the proposal to add more casinos that came up just two years ago.

"Our position I don't think has changed at all," Carey said. "I think that the three casinos in the state of Delaware is enough."

Carey, like many opponents to the plan, says there is a finite pie of gambling dollars available.

"You divide it up amongst five versus three. It puts a struggle on as it is now with the economy as it is and everything to make enough money to make it work for them."

Council President Dave Bonar agrees with Mayor Carey more casinos doesn't make sense.

"I certainly would be opposed to seeing two more venues in the state that would take away from the income that Dover Downs derives from the local economy and contributes to the local economy."

The expansion plan's supporters say new casinos will also mean more jobs in other parts of Delaware, Sussex and New Castle Counties, where the casinos would go. They also disagree that the pie isn't large enough for two more gambling locations.

Bonar says he doesn't think the plan has that much more traction this time than it has in the past.

"But that's a legislative matter," he said. "That's not a City of Dover matter. Whatever the will of the legislature is, that will happen. But speaking as one member of council, I can tell you I'm staunchly opposed to it.

Dover-area state lawmakers have also expressed strong opposition to allowing new casinos. He bill had a committee hearing earlier this month. It was temporarily put on hold and could come back up in committee before the end of the legislative session on June 30.

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