Fantastic news from Pennsylvania—the state’s gaming control board rejected the proposal to open a casino near the battlefield at Gettysburg. Hopefully we won’t have to go through round three in another few years.
This article has a few additional details. The third paragraph—probably inadvertently—seems to frame the controversy as a straightforward battle between local residents on the one hand and “preservationists and historians” on the other. That wasn’t the case, but I expect that message boards and comboxes will be filled to bursting with remarks of that sort in the coming days.
Anyway, it’s welcome news. Hats off to everybody who helped make it happen.
…according to a recently released poll. In fact, the numbers are rather dramatic. I’m starting to think that the whole “meddling, outsider preservationist” canard doesn’t hold up to scrutiny. Seems like I’ve read that somewhere.
…before we find out who gets the new gaming license in Pennsylvania, and thus whether or not the proposed Gettysburg casino goes through, according to this report. Part of the delay is due to the presence of new members on the gaming board, who have to get up to speed on the whole thing.
An encouraging word from one member regarding opposition to a casino near the battlefield: “Out of hand you just can’t discount their concerns. We all know it and love it as hallowed ground so it certainly will weigh on the decision making process.” Here’s hoping.
…are colliding in the news. Here’s an update on HistoriQuest, the outfit behind the Civil War Augmented Reality Project, which is a fascinating and worthy undertaking I’ve posted about before.
This is one of the most thoughtful and innovative attempts to integrate technology into historical interpretation that I’ve ever seen. Check it out.
Wal-Mart has decided to back off from its plan to build a new superstore near the Wilderness battlefield. Not only that, but the company is going to reimburse Orange County for the legal costs incurred in going to court over their decision to approve the project. Hats off to the preservationists who kept this cause going in the face of discouraging obstacles, and to Wal-Mart for doing the right thing.
Speaking of battlefield preservation, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board met today, but without a decision on the proposed Gettysburg casino. The folks from No Casino Gettysburg were there anyway, in order to stay on top of things. They have their own blog, which I didn’t know about until today; I recommend you make it one of your regular online stops so you can keep up with what’s going on with this threat to America’s most famous battlefield. I’ve added it to my blogroll here.
Drop a line to the PGCB and let them know you stand with those who don’t think Gettysburg is an appropriate place for a casino. Hopefully when the time comes for them to make the call, we can celebrate another victory to go alongside today’s.
…but, contrary to expectation, didn’t vote on who would be getting a new resort casino license. One of the contenders, of course, is hoping to open a casino in Gettysburg, something a lot of us think is a bad idea.
The next meeting is scheduled for January 26, so maybe this whole thing will be resolved then. Keep an eye on the PGCB’s website for the agenda to be posted. In the meantime, if you think Gettysburg isn’t the best place for a casino, drop them a line and let them know.
Get the details over at Civil War News, along with a summary of what’s been happening over the past couple of months.