North Charleston approves casino boat operations

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - North Charleston City Council has given final approval to casino boat operations.

Officials say that casino boats could be sailing out of the old Navy base as soon as December. At least eight companies have shown interest in operating casino boats, but Mayor Keith Summey says there might be only two operators.

Some residents have complained about the city being responsible for potential growth in gambling problems. But Summey says the boats will be just another choice for entertainment.

The city is considering two ways to make money. One would have boat owners pay 10 percent of ticket costs to the city, plus 5 percent of proceeds. The other would have the boats pay the city a flat $7 for each passenger.

Officials estimate that casino boats could bring anywhere from $700,000 to $1 million dollars to the local economy.

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