Gretna, Fla. – Gadsden County voters today overwhelmingly approved a referendum to allow slot machines at Creek Entertainment Gretna, a pari-mutuel facility in North Florida.
“We are very excited that the voters of Gadsden County recognized the economic development and job opportunities that Creek Entertainment Gretna can provide for the local economy,” said James Dorris, President and CEO of PCI Gaming Authority. “With the passing of the referendum, we believe we have completed the requirement set up in the statutes to have slot machines at our Gretna facility. We will now work through the licensing process with the State of Florida and deal with those who will erect legal obstacles to oppose the project. We are grateful for the support shown by the vote today and remain committed to delivering on the promise of creating over 1500 new jobs by growing Creek Entertainment Gretna into a year round resort destination.”
“Gretna is a wonderful community, and it is a privilege to be able to provide jobs here,” noted Tribal Council Member and Chairman of the PCI Gaming Board Keith Martin. He continued, “Our Tribe takes great pride in all of our properties and the quality of entertainment that they offer. We are excited that Creek Entertainment Gretna will assist the economic well-being of our neighbors in North Florida.”
Gretna is a small, rural community nestled in Gadsden County where the median income is $25,000. More than 30 percent of the population is below the federal poverty line.
“This vote has changed the City of Gretna for the better,” said Gretna Mayor Clarence Jackson, “We will have better schools, better infrastructure and be able to provide jobs to the people of Gretna so that they may live and work in the City of Gretna.”
“Gadsden County residents have spoken loud and clear – they need jobs here – and now they will have the opportunity to have jobs,” said Gadsden County Commissioner Brenda Holt. “We are just happy that the voters had the opportunity to cast their vote for a brighter future for Gadsden County.”
Commissioner Holt’s district encompasses the City of Gretna.
“Gadsden County and the City of Gretna have worked hard to distinguish themselves as a pro-business community,” said David Gardner, Executive Director of the Gadsden County Chamber of Commerce.
“This is a great place to do business and we look forward to the additional businesses Creek Entertainment will bring to our community.”