North Charleston City Council voted in favor of casino boats sailing out of the city’s harbor. In a 7-4 vote, council approved the gambling boats to sail out of the Old Naval Base to open waters. Mayor Keith Summey says it’s a gamble, but he thinks the city can profit from the boats and they are worth a try.
There’s a potential revenue stream we as a body will have to determine how we utilize those funds. We dont’ know if it will be successful or not. It’s depending upon I think two things: number one, how many people want to use it, and number two, what kind of service is provided by the folks that operate the boats.
Summey says North Charleston could make more than $700,000 from the boats. He says he expects tourists and locals alike to be attracted to the boats. There was some opposition, as opponents say casino boats would only boost crime with the influx of traffic. The first casino boats are expected to sail out of North Charleston in December.