Carty wouldn't be Carty if he wasn't making a fool of himself. After all, Carty thinks Wood County has more violent crime than Toledo, and Carty thinks Wood County poaches Toledo jobs.
In July 2007, Thomas F. Pounds, President and Publisher of the Toledo Free Press, said :
It seems that if Toledo lands a major company, it benefits the entire region, but if a major company chooses the region, itâ€™s not necessarily a boon for Toledo, according to mayoral logic. Lucas County is going to have to realize that Wood County is a legitimate contender, not a collection of farmland.
Anyway, does downtown Toledo have enough vacant land for a large casino complex? It seems the likely location in this area for such a project would be at the intersection of I-75 and the turnpike, which has plenty of open, fertile, swamp-drained farmland.
March 8, 2009 WTOL story :
The Crossroads of America area in Rossford could grow even more. Bass Pro shops opened there last year. Now, the same developer, Brian McMahon, who brought the store to the area is thinking about casino gambling. McMahon owns the land which is part of a joint economic development zone between Rossford and Toledo. All of it is zoned for gaming.
About the Rossford-Toledo JEDZ from a June 2006 Toledo Free Press story:
Guided by attorney and former mayoral candidate Keith Wilkowski, Toledo and Rossford formed a joint economic development zone agreement in 1992. To fulfill the agreement, Toledo provides water to a designated area in Rossford. In return, Rossford pays Toledo for the water services and gives Toledo a substantial portion of income tax revenue - 27 cents of every dollar generated from employee income tax and net business profits.
The JEDZ faces review May 2008 and every five years, but a clause in the agreement reads, "The intent herein being that so long as Toledo supplies water to the JEDZ area, then this JEDZ contract shall be in full force." Wilkowski said the received money goes into Toledo's general funds for investment or city improvements.
In the land-reuse category, maybe the Southwyck Mall owner has been holding out for a casino plan. That area may have enough land. It's not as easily accessible as the Rossford area, but Southwyck Mall has a nearby turnpike exit, and it's not too far from 475.
Of course, other forms of casino chat occurred in the past. A couple old topics:
From an April 1, 2003 Toledo Talk posting :
Toledo Councilman Bob McCloskey asks Governor Taft to consider legalizing casino gambling. McCloskey says there's simply too many people with too much money leaving Toledo and other parts of Ohio going to Detroit, Windsor and other areas with casinos. McCloskey says a casino in Downtown Toledo would create good jobs and help increase tourism and convention business.
[Bob] wrote to the mayors and City Council presidents in nine cities on Wednesday - a day after sending letters to 47 top state officials, including Governor Taft. He said a casino riverboat tied up at Promenade Park or a casino in the Marina District would give visitors and convention-goers a reason to come to Toledo.
[Toledo Mayor Jack Ford] has said in the past he was 'adamantly opposed to gambling' because it contributes to social problems, including violence in families and alcoholism. Governor Taft opposes the gambling initiative for the same reason, his spokesman, Orest Holubec, said yesterday.
From a February 15, 2005 Toledo Talk posting :
The Ottawa tribe is pursuing casino development in the Toledo area. The Wyandots want to build at least four casinos in northern Ohio that would generate $1 billion in revenue, up to 3,000 jobs and about $100 million in taxes. The three American Indian tribes interested in building Las Vegas-style casinos in Ohio would have to overcome a major obstacle: Crossing the boundaries of their home state to open a casino elsewhere.
Toledo's mayor [Jack Ford] also briefly addressed the idea of casino gambling and suggested that a small committee be formed because the area hasn't "really stuck a finger in that nest." He said legislative packages sometimes arrive from Columbus "out of the air," and the region should have some planning in case casino gambling becomes an option. Mr. Ford said he has not yet decided whether he would be in favor of casino gambling if it became legal in Ohio.
April 25, 2004 - The Blade split over gambling
February 10, 2006 - What's going on with the steamplant?
July 22, 2006 - is it time for some serious 'casino' talk? (49 Comments)
October 4, 2006 - 'Religious leaders rip slots, casinos' (35 Comments)