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North Bay Project Could Be Derailed by Smiling Turtle

North Bay has long been touted as an ideal destination for casino development. Based on its location and design, the city has long been coveted, and there have been plans to develop a casino here. Indeed, Gateway Casinos and Entertainment (who else?), are quarterbacking a plan to build a brand new state-of-the-art casino complex in North Bay as early as 2020.

Cascades Casino will have more than 1,400 square feet of gaming, and will cost north of C$30 million. The project will bring a lot of money to the local economy, as well as creating plenty of jobs in the process. Indeed, the city’s Pinewood Park area has been bookmarked as the ideal place for the project development to get underway. There have been a great deal of plans in the works and it looked as though the project would be pushed through without a hitch. No such luck!

It seems that it might be more difficult to get the project off the ground than many first anticipated. And there is one specific thing that seems to be throwing a spanner in the works – the Blanding’s turtle! Indeed, the issue seems to surround the turtle’s habitat, and the affect the casino might have on it. A new group calling itself Save the Turtle, Stop the Casino has been campaigning to help prevent the casino development from going ahead.

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The group believes that there is a danger the casino will be built on top of the turtles habitat, with catastrophic consequences for the iconic amphibian population. It is argued that the council should have rezoned the project elsewhere before giving the green light, and many remain unhappy with the prospect of threatening the turtle population. Greg Gray, spokesman for the group, was quoted as saying, “The turtles have been found on this site and they are nesting. They are all over the area. There is a massive turtle population in the Callander lagoon. We feel all the restrictions and protections need to be enforced and put in place.”

So, could a smiling turtle really derail a multi-million dollar casino development project? Well, this remains to be seen, but this is certainly a problem that will not be going away any time soon. A decision will need to be reached as to the outcome, and it could well be the case that the project is moved to a different part of the city. Worst case scenario would be that Gateway gets cold feet and pull out, taking their development plans elsewhere.

The North Bay project is important to the area though, as there are others who will benefit from this. Specifically, the Nipissing district is in negotiations for a slice of the casino’s revenue for their work with those suffering from gambling addictions in and around the area. This is money that the District of Nipissing Social Service Administration Board could definitely do with.

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