Calcasieu Police Jurors endorse keeping 15th gaming license

By Theresa Schmidt - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Calcasieu Police Jurors have adopted a resolution aimed at keeping the state's 15th gaming license in this parish--though not necessarily keeping it tied to Lake Charles Port property.

Pinnacle Entertainment gave back the license when it scrapped building the Sugarcane Bay cCsino development next to L'auberge. And it will be up to the State Gaming Control Board what to do with it.

Jurors agree they want the license to stay in Calcasieu Parish though juror Hal McMillin says it doesn't necessarily have to stay attached to Lake Charles Port Property. "We didn't really want to put any restrictions on this because it may not locate where Sugarcane Bay was going to be on port property. We want to give them an opportunity if there's some other land in Calcasieu parish they can locate it here. But here's the main thing. We want to make sure that license stays in Calcasieu Parish."

Jurors have no actual authority over what happens to the license which is in the hands of the gaming control board.

And door to door sales are now prohibited outside the cities in Calcasieu Parish.  The ordinance approved by police jurors is just about identical to Lake Charles'. It prohibits peddling which is now declared as a nuisance punishable as a misdemeanor.

Some jurors had talked about exceptions for groups such as scouts but local law enforcement opposed that and most jurors agreed.

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