Gretna, FL Facing Gamble on Gaming Facility

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

"Do you want a casino Gretna?"

Ramsey Sayed holds no argument to the lack of jobs in Gretna, Florida.

With less than 3-thousand people in the community he says a change needs to be made but adds that change doesn't need to involve a gaming facility.

“It might create a few jobs but also a destructive way for a society, families they are going to lose their income on the hope of winning a few bucks," said Sayed.

And he's not the only person who has concerns.

“We really don't need a casino here, you know, anything like that. I mean it's hard enough trying to keep money you know, people losing their homes and stuff. I mean bringing in jobs, I mean that part is good you know, I like that but I don't like the casino part, the gambling," said Gretna resident, Clara Collins.

About two years ago a mushroom factory called Quincy Farms employed about 100 residents in Gretna.

Its closing added to the already struggling job market.

Now, some residents say this new venture is the breath of life the poverty stricken city needs.

“I think it's going to be great because people need more jobs and need a lot of opportunity to get a job and stuff like that," said Martha Clark, who is for the new gaming facility.

“This is Gretna, there ain't nothing but 1 mile this way, 1 mile that way, 1 mile that way and 1 mile that way," said Gretna resident Ramsey Sayed.

Even before it's construction has begun a gamble is already taking place on how the new complex will fair.

Gretna City Manager, Antonio Jefferson says after the second year of operation, when a retail store and a hotel will be added, they expect a 6 to 7 million dollar impact each year.

Another advantage to the city is the re-opening of the mushroom factory.

Officials say the hiring process will begin some time in March.

Employment projections show 200-300 new hires and officials expect to return to 500 within 2 years.

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  • by Anonymous Location: Tallahassee on Nov 6, 2011 at 07:15 PM
    Every single person living in Gretna doesn't need to play in the room to make it work. No one is forcing them to gamble their hard earned dollars, but if they are willing to do it in Gretna, they were probably already doing it in Ebro or JCKC. These poor "unsuspecting" retards as you put it obviously can't control any part of their wallet or have no free will. People that argue against gambling blow out that crappy slippery slope argument all the time. What a joke. If you don't like gambling don't gamble, but don't get in MY way when I want to blow some cash.
  • by Gretna Barrels are Illegal Location: Tallahassee on Oct 9, 2011 at 09:29 AM
    What the Tallahassee lobbyists and Alabama Indians who own the proposed facility are not telling the poor unsuspecting people in Gretna is that the type of gambling being proposed at this facility is illegal and faces stiff legislative and legal opposition from the 51,700 people employed by Florida's horse racing industry. Alabama indians and lobbyists are taking full advantage of the poverty in Gretna to perpetrate their illegal activities: Read more at
  • by pat tillman on Aug 30, 2011 at 09:26 PM
    Will there be slots there?
  • by Linda Location: Bristol on Mar 8, 2011 at 05:44 PM
    Where would I find out about applying for a position at this new casino
  • by Quincy Location: Gretna on Jan 12, 2011 at 08:09 PM
    The mushroom farm is back open and hiring. May want to check your facts.
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