After all, 7S considers itself a 4 seasons resort, not just a ski resort.
A while back I recieved an e-mail from 7Springs inviting comment on the gaming issue signed by Scott Bender President and COO of 7Springs. Send your comments to slots@7Springs.com
If they use the money to open Laurel, I'm all for it.
I guess 7S would be wise to open LM this year as a true family oriented resort so that families (or just plain old skiers) who don't want to be in the vicinity of a gaming facility have an alternative...
"A license is only issued with the express condition that a person may enter the gaming area only if they are an overnight guest or a patron of one of the amenities."
Anyone with a ski pass would be a patron of a resort amenity.
Since I own a weekend place 10 minutes East of 7Springs, I do have some concerns about the impact slots will have on the area as a whole. We all know the plans that Buncher has for the former game preserve in Bakersville; also, there is currently a 235-acre plot near Trent on the market for $1.5 million ("1 mile frontage on Laurel Hill Creek" - I think this means that this has to be situated between Trent and the Barronvale covered Bridge, for those of you familiar with the area). I truly think that the area will look very different 10 years from now if the Dupres get their slots license.
I also believe that the decision as to whether or not 7 SPrings operates LM this year will depend in part on the timing of the decision regarding the 7 Springs slots license. Aside from the 2 or 3 years that it was operated by George Mowl, Laurel was (presumably) available to the Dupres if they were interested in operating it. I don't think it was a mere coincedence that they were suddenly interested in LM just a few months after the slots law was passed. The slots law was passed in July of 2004; the "Springs at Laurel Mountain" deal was announced in late October/early November of that year, I think.
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