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Why not Sandusky?

Tom Jackson • Mar 23, 2010 at 6:25 PM

It looks like we're going to get gambling casinos in Ohio, but there's an interesting aspect to yesterday's vote that's worth following up on.

The Issue 3 folks plan to build gambling casinos in Cleveland, Toledo, Cincinnati and Columbus.

If you look at yesterday's final results for each county, you'll notice that the casino issue passed by wide margins in Cuyahoga County (e.g., Cleveland), in Toledo's Lucas County and in Cincy's Hamilton County. But in Franklin County, the measure actually failed rather badly.

Since it would be cruel and unfair to force a gambling casino on people who clearly don't want one, perhaps it would make sense to move that fourth casino. Ideally, that casino should be located in a place that already has a big tourism industry (so you'd have synergy, with the attractions feeding off each other) and a location where the residents favor one.

Downtown Sandusky is an ideal location, both because Cedar Point is nearby and because it's a convenient jumping off point for the islands. And the casino issue passed in Erie, Huron and Ottawa counties.

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