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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.
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.